Big Dublin Stories in Little Museum
What do you expect to find in a Georgian townhouse on St Stephen’s Green? A fancy restaurant? A five-star hotel? What about the history of Ireland’s capital city?
The Little Museum of Dublin is in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it redbrick covered in ivy overlooking leafy St Stephen’s Green. Over 5,000 artefacts are packed in the museum’s exhibition rooms, each one of them a donation from the public.
First opened in 2011, this modestly sized museum quickly became one of the city’s must-see tourist attractions. It wears Dublin pride as a badge of honour, preserving the unique history, culture and creativity of the city in thoroughly unpretentious exhibitions.
Some of the capital’s most loved figures get their own dedicated exhibitions, from legendary Dublin Lord Mayor Alfie Byrne to international superstars U2. There are also plenty of events going on within the walls, including concerts, talks and temporary exhibitions – A Little History of The Dublin Pub is running until 24th September and even features a custom built snug.
Unlike many institutions in the city, the default way to explore this museum is through a guided tour. The standard tour is excellent, but at special times every week, visitors can learn about the songs, women and writers of Dublin in dedicated tours. And for outdoorsy types, the St Stephen’s Green walking tour leaves from the museum every Saturday and Sunday.
Seeing itself as an ambassador of all things Dublin, the Little Museum launched the City of a Thousand Welcomes initiative. Pairing visitors with volunteers, over 2,000 tourists every year can pick the brains of a local about the best things to do and see around Ireland over a drink.
In only six years, the Little Museum of Dublin has become a core part of the capital’s cultural scene. With dreams of expansion and a seemingly never-ending supply of ideas, this museum is poised to tell Dublin’s story for years to come.