The Garda Museum
The Garda Museum
The Garda Museum and Archives are located at Treasury Building, Dublin Castle. Here guests staying in the Dublin Citi Hotel will find an interesting exhibition about the history of An Garda Síochána and information on policing in Ireland before 1922. It is open from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and it is closed on the weekends.
The Museum is staffed by a Sergeant and one civilian employee. Persons carrying out police related research can be facilitated at the Museum and Archives. Among the museum artefacts are photographs and documents outlining the history and development of policing in Ireland in the 19th/20th centuries. The museum library contains a number of very interesting police-related publications.
The Garda College Museum and Visitor Centre, Templemore
- The Garda College Museum and Visitor Centre opened in 2015 with the purpose of informing visitors about past and present methods of crime investigation, detection and prevention.
- Museum displays include historic police artefacts along with items from the unique military heritage of the Garda College which first opened in 1814 as Richmond Military Barracks. Visitors have the opportunity to view artefacts from real investigations including counterfeit currency and ATM ‘skimming’ devices, which are important aids in educating the public and assisting in crime prevention.
- Since 2015 several thousand members of the public have visited the Garda College Museum and Visitor Centre along with student Gardaí and serving and retired members. Each group visiting the Museum and Visitor Centre receives an audio-visual presentation which provides information about Irish policing history as well as recruitment and training, and allows for visitors to ask questions.
- Tours are especially popular with Transition Year students who may be interested in a future career in policing, and members of Active Retirement Associations. Groups are often accompanied on their visits to Templemore by members attached to Community Policing or other units, greatly enhancing community engagement between An Garda Síochána and the public.
The Record Tower, Dublin Castle
- The Record Tower was erected in about 1205. It was previously known as the Black Tower, the Gunner's Tower, the Wardrobe Tower (when it housed royal robes). The tower was a prison until the 1700s, it is said that this was where Red Hugh O'Donnell escaped from into the Wicklow mountains in 1591.