Imaginosity is Dublin’s only dedicated children’s museum, providing interactive and fun learning experiences for children up to age 9 years. The museum features three floors of educational exhibits that children can navigate at their own pace through ‘hands on’ interaction. There are also a number of workshops available on topics such as science, art, engineering, theatre, heath and the environment which operate on a first come, first served basis. From Professor Squiggly’s Water Lab to The Roof Garden, you’ll enjoy the experience as much as the little ones and learn a little along the way!
The National Gallery of Ireland was founded in 1854 and houses the national collection of Irish and European art. The collection has about 14,000 artworks, including about 2,500 oil paintings, 5,000 drawings, 5,000 prints, and some sculpture, furniture and other works of art. Pieces by Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Caravaggio and many other world famous artists are showcased throughout the gorgeous gallery. Admission is free, with many talks, tours and events as well as the audioguide also available free of charge. The gallery launched a free smartphone app in 2013.
Just two years before Charles Darwin published 'The Origin of Species', the National History Museum in Merrion Street was opened to the public for the first time in 1857. Now, as then, it educates and inspires, and houses one of the world's finest and fullest collections still to be seen today. Two million species, of which roughly half are insects, live side by side with sculptured panels depicting mythological figures. This zoological museum encompasses outstanding examples of wildlife from Ireland and the far corners of the globe; some to be seen today and others long extinct.
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum is an interactive experience located in Dublin's Docklands. It will inspire and guide you on a journey to discover the stories of Irish emigration around the world, from early times to the modern day. Step through 20 themed galleries, and find out why people left, see how they influenced the world they found, and experience the connection between their descendants and Ireland today!
GPO Witnss History is one of Dublins newest museums, located in the iconic GPO building on O’Connell Street. The immersive experience puts you right inside the GPO during Easter Week 1916 where you can compose newspaper reports, examine the original copy of the proclamation and send morse code to declare the Irish Republic by radio.
Located just off St Stephen’s Green, The Little Museum of Dublin tells the remarkable story of the Irish Capital. Launched in 2011, the museum was recently voted the number one museum in Ireland on Trip Advisor. Throughout the tour learn about different aspects of the history of Dublin, from aviation to influential women to an entire exhibit dedicated to one of Ireland’s most famous band, U2! The museums ‘City of a Thousand Welcomes’ programme is also available, described by the Sydney Morning Herald as ‘the best free thing to do in Europe’. Just fill out an application from and you will be contacted by one of the museums handpicked Dublin City ambassadors to go for a free cup or tea or a drink!
Housed in the home of Gaelic Games, Croke Park Stadium, the GAA museum tells the unique story of Irelands national sports from ancient times right up to present day. Learn how the game has evolved throughout the years, what GAA has contributed to culture, social and sporting heritage and also see the original Sam Maguire and Liam McCarthy Cups – the most prestigious awards of the game! There is also an interactive games zone where you can test your hurling and Gaelic football skills.