Treasures From Dublin's Literary History
Just north of the city centre, in a magnificent 18th century mansion, resides an exhibition of the lives and works of Dublin’s literary celebrities from the past 300 years. The splendidly restored Georgian house is a pleasure in itself with its sumptuous plasterwork and decorative stained glass windows.
The Dublin Writers Museum holds exhibitions and readings and has a special room devoted to children’s literature, and is essential for anyone who wants to discover, explore or simply enjoy Dublin’s immense literary heritage.
Items you can see on display here include:
- The first Bible in Irish
- A copy of the Book of Kells
- An early edition of Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Smith
- The oldest known version of the popular song “Molly Malone”
- A 1st edition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula
- Literature and authentic newspapers from the 1916 rising
- Authors’ personal objects, such as typewriters, pipes and glasses
Dublin Writers Museum is one of the only museums in the city in which visitors can experience the collection by digital audio guide. You can stop the audio tour as often as you like so a visit can last from 40 minutes to the entire day!
For a great literary expereince, combine this museum with the Hugh Lane Gallery and the James Joyce Centre, both of which are located just nearby.
Monday – Saturday: 09.45 - 16.45 hrs
Sunday & Bank holidays: 11.00 – 16.30 hrs
Closed 23rd-27th December.
Notes for Group Leaders
30 minutes introduction talk in English available - supplement applies for this and it's subject to availability at time of booking
Duration of Visit
Approximately 60 minutes.
18 Parnell Square, Dublin 1