Dublin Writers Museum

Irish Literature as a Whole

The Irish literary tradition is one of the most illustrious in the world, famous for four Nobel Prize winners and for many other writers of international renown.

In 1991, The Dublin Writers Museum was opened to house a history and celebration of literary Dublin.

Situated in a magnificent 18th-century mansion in the north city centre, the collection features the lives and works of Dublin’s literary celebrities over the past three hundred years.

The museum holds exhibitions, lunchtime theatre and readings and has a special room devoted to children’s literature. The Dublin Writers Museum is an essential visit for anyone who wants to discover, explore or simply enjoy Dublin’s immense literary heritage.

Dublin Writers Museum History

The Writers Museum was set up 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 Dublin Writers Museum was the first attempt to provide a one-stop overview of the most important and groundbreaking developments in Irish writing.

Swift and Sheridan, Shaw and Wilde, Yeats, Joyce, and Brehan are among those presented through their books, letters, portraits and personal items.

If you accept your limitations you go beyond them.

Brendan Behan

Inside The Dublin Writers Museum

The Dublin Writers Museum is located in a Georgian townhouse 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’.

Irish Bookshop

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.

You can learn more about Irish literature from Monday to Saturday 9:45 a.m. to 16:45 p.m. Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 04:30 p.m. It is just a 20-minute walk from the Dublin Citi Hotel.

Admission:

  • Adult: €7.50
  • Children: 4.70
  • Family: €20.00

Contact:

  • eMail: writers@failteireland.ie
  • Phone: +353(0)18722077

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