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DUBLIN MUSEUM - DUBLIN MUSEUMS IN IRELAND

Dublin MuseumsDublin Museums – Dublin has a very interesting history and its collection of museums cover everything you need to know about the city. There are a multitude of museums to visit including history museums as well as many more specialised ones. Unless your stay is long, it will probably be difficult to visit all museums. Taking this into consideration, it may come in handy to know which are the most popular and visited Museums in Dublin.

For example if you want to discover more about the cities natural history, Dublin’s Natural History Museum is a must see. It opened in 1857 and is one of the finest natural history museums in the world. It houses over 2 million specimens from Ireland and around the world, including many which are extinct such as dinosaurs. It’s open from 10am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday, 2pm-5pm on Sunday and closed on Monday. It is located on Merrion Street in the city centre and admission is free.

Ireland, and Dublin itself, have produced some of the greatest writers in history, if this is something that interests you then The Dublin Writers Museum is the place to visit. The museum is dedicated solely to their works and achievements. On display are first editions, manuscripts, diaries and letters from authors such as W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Becket, Patrick Kavanagh and many more. Books on display include a first edition of Bram Stokers 'Dracula' which was written in Dublin. The museum opens Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm, during the summer months it is also open until 6pm Monday to Friday. There is a small cover charge. For more information visit www.writersmuseum.com

A great way to discover more about the important figures from Dublin is to take a visit to The National Wax Museum. Located on Parnell Square, it is packed with full size, realistic wax figures of some of the most important people in Irish life past and present. These include former leaders, pop stars, politicians, actors, writers and more. There is also a chamber of Horrors, Fairytale and Fantasy World and the Hall of Megastars. It really is a museum for the whole family, having something for everyone. The museum is open 10am to 5:30pm Monday to Saturday and 12pm to 5:30pm on Sunday. There is a small cover charge.

Other museums to visit in Dublin include:

James Joyce Museum
Joyce Tower, Sandycove
Tel: +353 1 280 9265
Opening Times: February-October inclusive: Monday-Saturday: 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm. Sunday & Public Holidays: 2pm-5pm. Other months by arrangement.

Chester Beatty Library
Dublin Castle
Tel: +353 1 4070750
Opening Times: Monday-Friday: 10am-5pm (May to September). Tuesday-Friday: 10am-5pm (October-April). Saturdays: 11am-5pm (all year). Sundays: 1pm-5pm (all year). Closed Public Holiday Mondays, Good Friday, 24th, 25th, 26th December, 1st January.
www.cbl.ie

National Print Museum
Garrison Chapel
Beggar's Bush Barracks
Haddington Road
Tel: +353 1 660 3770
Opening Times: May-September: Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 12noon-5pm. October-April: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 2pm-5pm. Other times by appointment.

Dublin Civic Museum
58 South William Street
Tel: + 353 1 679 4260
Opening Times: Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-6pm. Sunday: 11am-2pm. Closed on Mondays and Bank Holiday Weekends. Admission is free.

GAA Museum & Croke Park Stadium Tour
Croke Park, St. Joseph's Avenue, (Off Clonliffe Road)
Tel: + 353 1 819 2323
Opening Times: All year: Monday-Saturday: 9.30am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm) Sunday & Bank Holidays: 12noon-5pm (last admission 4.30pm)
www.gaa.ie

National Museum of Archaeology and History
Kildare Street
Tel: +353 1 677 7444
Opening Times: Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-5pm. Sunday: 2pm-5pm. Closed on Mondays.
www.museum.ie