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A guide to Dublin museums – from Leprechauns to Gaelic football

Dublin is the cultural hub of Ireland and is notorious for the bright figures in the fields of art and literature, that were born or worked here – for example, George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde and Jonathan Swift just to name a few. Our Dublin hostel handy museum guide will help you pick out the best ones to visit in Dublin, which are walking distance from the hostel. That way, you can get the most out of your cultural experience.

Croke Park Experience and GAA Museum

Croke Park has been at the heart of Irish sporting life for over a hundred years and homes the Gaelic Athletic Museum. Following a redevelopment programme which started in the 1990s, Croke Park now has a capacity just over 82,000 making it not only the countries largest stadium, but the fourth largest stadium in Europe. The Croke Park Museum is an excellent day out for those who love sport and also for those who want to understand something about the soul of the Irish people. In the GAA museum, find out about the Gaelic Games-hurling and Gaelic football, which are uniquely Irish games and are the most important sports in Ireland. Take a look at the vast Gaelic collection, including hurleys, jerseys, trophies, medals, programmes, publications and banners that illustrate the development of Gaelic games from ancient times to the present day.  


St Joseph’s Avenue, off Clonliffe Road


Dublin Guinness museum sign

The Wax Museum Plus

The National Wax Museum Plus is an exciting new interactive visitor attraction located on Foster Place, just off Dame Street, in the Temple Bar district at the heart of Dublin City Centre. The museum is housed in the historic landmark Armoury Building, previously the home of Ireland’s bullion and arms stores.

This large museum boasting 4 floors of discovery, interaction and exhibition and much more. Visitors enter through the Irish Writers room and then descend in to the basement for a journey through the vaults of Irish history from the Vikings right up to the Good Friday Agreement.

Then down in the basement is the horrific Chambers of Horrors, all those of a nervous disposition are warned to keep out! – you do have a choice whether to go in or just go pass , If you like to have a bit of a scare and laugh this is for you!


The Armoury, 4 Foster Place, Temple Bar , Dublin 2

National Museum of Ireland

Archaeology first opened it’s doors in 1890. This museum boast a Huge archaeological and historical collection from prehistory to the middle ages and is home to over two million artefacts. On top of this it is FREE! Upon entering the National Museum in Kildare Street, you will be struck by the grand cupola in the entrance hall. The building itself is an renowned attraction – but the treasures contained within are priceless. Inside you can investigate how archaeologists work to understand about life, work, culture and society in the past.

Are you Ready to find out about the Bog People? Go check out these weird and strangely beautiful preserved bodies. Most visitors would definitely rate this Museum in the There top ten sights for Dublin.


Kildare St

For opening times see: National Museum of Ireland

National Leprechaun Museum

Step into another world where nothing is quite what it seems. A leprechaun is a type of fairy in Irish folklore, usually taking the form of an old man, clad in a red or green coat, who enjoys partaking in mischief. Popular depiction shows the Leprechaun as being no taller than a small child. The National Leprechaun Museum aims to alter this common perception, to change the lives of visitors and open their minds to the possibility of magic, fairies and folklore. The myths and legends of Ireland overflow with giants and heroes, maidens, battles and brave deeds. In addition to what you may experience at the museum, this site will give an insight into the many adventures in Irish imagination.


Jervis Street

For prices and opening times see: National leprechaun museum

Irish Museum of Modern Art

A modern art museum in an old military hospital , what a great idea?! If you aren’t one for modern art, you will certainly appreciate the museum’s beautiful grounds, The IMMA is housed in a beautiful old building and manages a perfect mix of preserving its historical value while showcasing modern art. The bonus is that it is all for FREE! No admission charges.

The Museum grounds include lovely formal gardens and a courtyard where lots of films have been shot and filmed. Also offering guided tours which are usually highly recommended to get the most out of your visit, and to find out all about the museum, the films made here, as well as the paintings and artists themselves.

While the Museum caters for the needs of all groups interested in using the Museum as a resource, it has developed a number of programmes and projects intended to address the needs of specific groups, such as schools and colleges. And remember it’s completely free, so there really is no excuse to not visit the Irish Museum Of Modern Art


Royal Hospital, Military Rd

For Opening times see: Irish museum of modern art


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