Dublin Museums

There are many museums and places to go in Dublin and the surrounding area. Here is a list of some of the best Dublin attractions.

Trinity College and The Book of Kells

Founded in 1591 Trinity College campus itself is impressive enough on it's own to take a stroll around but what really is a must see is the Book Of Kells, considered one of Ireland's finest national treasures.

Housed in the Old Library building The Book Of Kells is the centerpiece of an exhibition that also includes several other ancient manuscripts. Written by Celtic monks from Iona around 800 C.E., The Book of Kells contains the four Gospels of the New Testament as well as extravagent illustrations and decorations.

Included in the tour is admission to the Long Room, a vast hall housing 200,000 of the college’s oldest books and Ireland’s oldest surviving harp.

www.tcd.ie/Library/heritage/index.php

Dublinia and Viking World

An interactive museum, the Dublinia covers Dublin’s history from the invasion of the Anglo-Normans in 1170 to the mid-sixteenth century. Here you’ll find lots of interesting information about medieval Dublin’s religion, trade, development, and a model of the city circa 1500. The museum also offers Living History Days where actors, dressed in period dress, carry out everyday tasks and walk through the exhibitions and talk about life as it was lived a thousand year ago.

http://www.dublinia.ie/

Dublin Castle

Once the seat of English government, Dublin Castle is home to official state functions. The tour takes you through the State Apartments, The Chapel Room, The Undercroft, The Drawing Room, The Throne Room and St. Patrick’s Hall, to name a few.

www.dublincastle.ie/index.html

Guinness Brewery

Founded in 1759, the Guinness Brewery is one of the world's largest breweries. You can’t actually take a tour of the brewery but visitors can explore the Guinness Hopstore, a converted 19th-century four-story building housing the World of Guinness Exhibition, an audiovisual presentation showing how the stout is made, the history of Guinness, including how Guinness was stored and transported in its early days and how the famous ad campaign came to be. Last but not least, the tour ends with a pint of pulled Guinness (included in the admission price) on the top floor that has a breathtaking 360 degree view of the city

www.guinness-storehouse.com

Old Jameson Distillery

Here visitors can learn about the history of Irish whiskey distilling from sixth century monasteries to the present. Guided tours lead you through the story of Jameson and the entire distilling precess. Finish the touw off at the Jameson bar with samples of their whiskey.

www.oldjamesondistillery.com/index.php

Dublin Writers Museum

Set in an 1800th century mansion, Ireland’s love affair with literature is represented in this beautiful museum. The Writers museum explores the lives of Dublin’s literary luminaries from the past three centuries. Through books, letters, portraits and personal items writers like James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw, W.B. Yeats, Jonathan Swift, and Samuel Beckett come to life.

www.writersmuseum.com/museum.asp

National Museum

Housed in three separate locations, these museums house Ireland’s best collection of historical artifacts. The National Museum- Archaeology includes over two million artifacts and is the national repository for all archaeological objects found in Ireland. The National Museum- Decorative Arts and History displays a wide range of objects including weaponry, silver, ceramics, glassware and furniture. The National Museum- Natural History is home to a comprehensive zoological collection.

www.museum.ie/en/homepage.aspx

The National Gallery

Built in 1864, the National Gallery houses a collection from the 14th to the 20th century. Exhibiting a wide range of artists including Rembrandt, Vermeer, Caravaggio, Picasso and El Greco, the National Gallery includes many Irish artists such as Osborne, O'Conor, Maclise, Hone, Orpen, Jack B Yeats.

www.nationalgallery.ie