Dublin Writers Museum, Dublin, Ireland

Dublin Writers Museum, Dublin, Ireland
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Website: http://writersmuseum.com

Physical address: 18 Parnell Square, Dublin

Phone number: +353 18722077

Business hours: Monday to Saturday 9:45am – 4:45pm; Sunday 11am – 4:30pm

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Few countries are quite as well known for their literary tradition as Ireland, with internationally renowned poets, playwrights, novelists, essayists and writers of all persuasions calling the country home. Indeed, no less than four Nobel Prize winners hail from the Emerald Isle and all have connections to the capital, Dublin. As such, the Dublin Literary Museum has a range of illustrious characters to feature in their displays, and they use that to their advantage.

Located in an 18th Century townhouse, the Museum, which was opened in 1991, takes guests through an introduction to Irish literature from the Book of Kells to the 1970s. Featured authors include Jonathon Swift, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Bram Stoker and James Joyce but the museum also features more obscure authors to round out the collection. Although small, the Dublin Literary Museum provides a wealth of stories about the authors’ lives and first editions of their books, as well as displaying personal artefacts, such as Samuel Beckett’s telephone – complete with a button to block out all calls!

Upstairs, a gallery containing portraits and busts of Ireland’s literary celebrities brings these famed figures to life, and another section of the museum is dedicated entirely to children’s literature. For those more interested in the books than their authors, the Gorham Library holds a collection of books by Irish authors (and is famed for its elegant Stapleton ceiling), and there is a bookshop/souvenir shop downstairs to get copies of all the new books you’ve learned about inside. The shop can also be accessed without paying the museum entrance fee.

Audio tours supplement the written material in the museum and even include snippets of Joyce reading his work aloud. Contemporary writers do not feature in the museum, but the Irish Writers’ Centre next door caters for those who put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) in the modern age. Capital One restaurant is located in the building’s basement.

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