Dublin Writers Museum, Irish literature as a whole

Dublin Writers Museum – Irish Literature as a Whole

The Dublin Writers Museum opened in 1991, to house a history and celebration of literary Dublin. The Irish literary tradition is one of the most illustrious in the world. Therefore, famous for four Nobel Prize winners and for many other writers of international renown.

Dublin Writers Museum inside

Situated in a magnificent 18th-century mansion in the north city centre. Accordingly, 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 as well as a special room devoted to children’s literature. Above all, 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

Writers Museum, 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. Initially, the journalist Maurice Gorham proposed the idea. Afterwards, the museum, as a first attempt to provide a one-stop overview of the most important and, groundbreaking developments in Irish writing.

You can see the most important presentations, of Swift and Sheridan, also Shaw and Wilde as well as Yeats, Joyce, and Brehan through their books, letters, portraits and personal items, as well as other artists.

Dublin Writers Museum details

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Inside The Dublin Writers Museum

The Dublin Writers Museum is located in a Georgian townhouse in close proximity to the Hugh Lane Gallery.

You should know 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.

Additionally, clear and concise wall panels introduce visitors to the primary authors and events that shaped Irish literature leading to the creation of still famous 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.


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


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

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