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MoLI Books Exhibition and Reading Garden of Irish Literature Museum in Dublin

Museum of Literature Ireland - MoLI


Celebrate Ireland’s world-renowned literary culture and heritage at MoLI in the heart of Dublin City


Dublin is known around the world for being at the heart of literacy greatness and over the years has produced true literature icons including Samuel Beckett and Oscar Wilde, to name a few. A stop at this unique and educationally beneficial museum is a perfect inclusion for your group to get an insight into this part of Dublin's history.


Your group's visit at MoLI:

  • Immerse yourself into Irish literary culture and learn more about the Irish story-telling tradition over the centuries
  • Take a tour of the permanent collection and admire some hidden treasures such as the very first printed copy of Ulysses by James Joyce
  • As well as historical literacy items, MoLI also offers your group the chance to see more contemporary inclusions through its various exhibitions, such as an exhibition of Irish young adult fiction amongst various others.
  • The museum is a collaboration between the University College Dublin and the National Library of Ireland. It opened in September 2019 with the sole aim of showcasing to the world the diverse treasures of Irish Literature that span over 1500 years.


Did you know?

The name MoLI was chosen as a reference to Molly Bloom in James Joyce's most famous book Ulysses.

At the back of the museum, you will find a lovely courtyard which contains two protected trees, one of which is the tree James Joyce had his graduation photograph taken against.

The courtyard connects to the Iveagh Gardens, a little hidden gem in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city.


TOP TIP: Are you a Literary group visiting Ireland?
We highly recommend our Literary Groups Package Itinerary which will give your group the full insight into Irish literature past and present combing all the interesting visits with accommodation, meals, transfer etc. Contact us for more details on this tour.

Useful Information
Opening Hours

Open 7 days a week

10:00 hrs to 18:00 hrs

The last entry is at 17:00 hrs


Approx. 60-90 minutes


UCD Naughton Joyce Centre

86 St Stephen's Green,

Dublin D02 XY43

Notes for Group Leaders

For self-guided tours, your group will be able to download a free English audio-guide on their phones.


We would recommend you allow your group about 1,5 hours at the museum. After your visit, you might want to explore the next-door gardens and spend some time in the café. Located in the former dining halls of UCD, it has recently been restored with nods to Ireland’s literary history.


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