Dublin Writers Museum
Dublin is a city of poets and literature has always played a key role in the city's social and cultural development. You could even argue that literature has been one of the most influential Irish exports abroad. The roll call of Irish writers with close ties to Dublin includes: Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker, James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw, W.B. Yeats and Brendan Behan to name just a few. The tradition continues with Dublin writers such as Roddy Doyle and Joseph O'Connor penning critically acclaimed, international bestsellers. Discover the roots of Irish literature and delve into the often tumultuous lives of Dublin's famous writers at the Dublin Writers Museum.
Dublin Writers Museum History
The Writers Museum was set up in 1991 to fill a gap in Dublin's cultural scene. The city's rich literary heritage was split into several separate collections and displayed in various locations spread over the city. originally proposed by journalist Maurice Gorham, the Writers Museum was the first attempt to provide a one-stop overview of the most important and groundbreaking developments in Irish writing.
Inside The Dublin Writers Museum
The Dublin Writers Museum is located in a Georgian town house in close proximity to the Hugh Lane Gallery. The museum is compact and aims to give a crash course in Irish literature that will also fascinate visitors who have not been exposed to Irish writers before. Clear and concise wall panels introduce visitors to the main authors and events that shaped Irish literature and led to the creation of still popular masterpieces as different as 'Dracula' and 'Ulysses'.
A personal digital audio tour is available to visitors, filling in the displays with more detail. The audio tour is available in six languages, including English, French, Italian, Spanish, German and Dutch.
Connoisseurs of Irish literature will enjoy the museum's collection of first and early editions of the classics of Irish literature, from Jonathan Swift's 'Gulliver's Travels' and Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' to Patrick Kavanagh's 'The Great Hunger'. The Writers Museum has also amassed a collection of paraphernalia that once belonged to famous writers, including artefacts like Samuel Beckett's phone and Brendan Behan's union membership card.
The Dublin Writers Museum also houses a bookshop with a choice selection of Irish writers and Irish interest titles. The shop is a great place to browse the works of Dublin's and Ireland's most famous writers and a few more obscure authors. Rather than having to visit several book shops in town to track down what you are looking for, try coming here if you have an interest in Irish history and literature.
Opening Times And Prices
The Dublin Writers Museum is open Mondays to Saturdays from 10:00-17:00 and on Sundays from 11:00-17:00. Admission costs €7.50 for adults and €4.70 for children. The Writers Museum also offers family tickets for €20.00. Events are priced individually. Check the museum's homepage for special promotions.
How To Get To The Dublin Writers Museum
Located at 18 Parnell Square at the Northern end of O'Connell Street, tucked away behind the Rotunda Hospital, the Dublin Writers Museum is only a short walk away from many bus routes. The 3,7,10,11,13,16, 19, 46A and 123 all stop within a five minutes' walk of the museum.