Little Museum of Dublin

Posted by Niamh Allabyrne on the 8th of February 2013 at 15:48:37

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Dublin has a lot of really great museums – but none have been solely dedicated to the wonder that is Dublin! Until now that is - with the opening of the Little Museum of Dublin in early 2012. Tourireland recently paid a visit to it and promptly fall in love! This is an unique museum, with a deeply personal and moving collection,moving through Dublin and her peoples in the twentieth century.

Front room in the Little Dublin Museum, Dublin City

Housed in a Georgian townhouse on the north-side of St. Stephen’s Green, this non-profit museum is only a 3 minute walk from Trinity College and 1 minute from the green Luas line. Hundreds of Dubliners have donated artefacts to the collection, which chronicles the social, cultural and political history of the capital in the 20th Century. Pieces of huge historical importance such as the lectern from which John Fitzgerald Kennedy spoke to the Oireachtas are housed next to the child’s badge proclaiming “I saw Santa at Switzers) a now defunct department store. Each artefact is a personal recollection of its owners life and each piece is of equal importance to the museum’s curator Simon O’Connor. It is thanks to his enthusiasm for the collection which has inspired over 400 people to donate artefacts from their own collections, each piece linking invisible threads together in the tapestry of modern Dublin.

Little Dublin Museum, Dublin City

Among the highlights of the collection is the first English edition of Ulysses, James Joyce’s death mask; an old tram-car seat, the menu from Jammet’s restaurant; and a postcard from George Bernard Shaw.

So, when you visit Dublin, make sure to check out the Little Museum of Dublin. It is a real must for all of those that want to capture the true spirit of Ireland’s capital city! Dublin is included on our Best of Ireland Tours and our Castle Tour amongst many others - so be sure and include the Little Museum in your next Irish vacation!

Dublin City has so much to offer visitors and there are lots of things to see and do in Dublin for free too so make Dublin part of your Irish vacation!

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