In Dublin we have a great cultural offer and its museums were not going to be less important. It must be said that the city was the European Capital of Culture in 1991, although it is also true that tourists who come to Dublin prefer to make other visits.
Dublinia is the most visited and it is quite close to an interactive theme park, which is why it is usually quite popular. We can also consider the Dublin temples of alcohol, the Guinness Storehouse and the Old Jameson Distillery, as a museum.
There are many more but here we make a summary of the main museums to visit in Dublin.
Dublinia, the most visited
Dublinia is an interactive museum dedicated to the Viking Age, allowing you to learn a little about the history of Dublin.
Children are usually the ones who are most attracted to this museum, although it is also very successful among adults.
In Dublinia there are three distinct parts.
On the one hand, there is the Viking exhibition where you can see some of the boats and weapons that they used, as well as the possibility of discovering their alphabet and part of the Viking culture.
On the other hand we have an exhibition dedicated to medieval times where we can visit a merchant’s house and tour the lively streets of Dublin at the time. Finally there is History Hunters, to discover the past of the city.
It is also possible to climb the Tower of the Church of San Miguel. There are no less than 96 steps but from the top you have views of the city. Dublinia is housed in a building called Synod Hall which is linked by a bridge to Christ Church Cathedral. Combined tickets to both buildings can be purchased.
You can find more information on the official Dublinia website.
The National Museum of Archeology
If you like archeology you should not miss the National Museum of Archeology
It is one of those that make up the National Museum of Ireland, founded in 1890 housing objects and sculptures ranging from the Mesolithic to the late Middle Ages.
The history of Ireland is represented in this spectacular museum thanks to the 2 million items that make it up, ranging from weapons and tools to even tombs and which are divided into different areas according to the time they date from.
You can even admire some works that have nothing to do with Ireland thanks to the Egypt section where you can learn about the burial process with some tombs and mummies.
You can find more information on the official page of the National Museum of Archeology in Dublin.
The National Gallery of Ireland
This interesting museum is located next to Merrion Square, the museum square, since some of the main ones are located in its surroundings, including the Archeology Museum that we talked about in the previous section.
The National Gallery of Ireland dates from 1864 and in it we can see the most important collection of art, especially painting, in Ireland and one of the best in Europe.
His works cover a period between the 13th century and the mid-20th century and you can admire great works by Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso, Velázquez, Goya or Van Gogh as well as Irish artists such as Paul Henry or James Barry, among others.
You can find more information on the official website of the National Gallery of Ireland.
Museum of Decorative Arts and History
The Museum of Decorative Arts is another of the museums that make up the National Museum of Ireland and that we must recommend because thanks to it we can learn about the economic, social and military history of Ireland as well as admire the spectacular neoclassical building in which it is located, very close to the Old Jameson Distillery.
Through its different rooms and exhibitions we will take a tour of the country’s history and learn how the art of decoration has evolved until we reach the Soldiers and Chiefs exhibition
For many it is the jewel of the museum and it is the favorite place for lovers of military museums. This section reviews Ireland’s military history from the 16th to the 21st century.
You can find more information on the official website of the Museum of Decorative Arts and History.
Museum of Irish Literature
Ireland has always had a great literary tradition and many of its writers are world famous.
It is a small museum and not one of the most visited, but it will surely surprise you if you are a great lover of literature.
In the Museum of Writers, the lives of such famous writers as Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett or Johnathan Swift, among many others, are exhibited through different objects, letters, portraits or books.
You can find more information on the official page of the Museum of Irish Literature