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Dublin Writers Museum

18-19 Parnell Square North, Dublin 1, Ireland
353 1 872 2077
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Ranked #104 of 281 Attractions in Dublin
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Type: Specialty Museums
Activities: Dining, Shopping
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Housing memorabilia of Ireland's most influential writers, the museum has a recording of James Joyce reading from "Anna Livia Plurabelle."
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Holyoke, Massachusetts
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

It's pretty big, but definitely don't plan a day or even an afternoon around it. Visit important literary locations, too, to make it worth it! The gift/book shop was fantastic.

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New York City, New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I adore this little museum. The audio tour does not take long but is very informative. The building is great and has a lovely gift shop as well. Be sure to go upstairs to see the reading rooms and the tribute to Mary Lavin. Grab a cup of tea afterwards and it would make for a wonderful rainy afternoon (not... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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58 reviews 58 reviews
30 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

If you have an hour and want to learn about the writing and writers of this fine country, I would recommend that you stop here. The admission was reasonable, and the cheerful young woman at the front desk will hand you a device for your audio tour. You go at your own pace and stay as long as you like,... More

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
52 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The exhibitions are dated and drab. Some of the labels were worn with turned up corners and some just printed on copy paper! The two rooms are tightly packed. I found it hard to read the tiny descriptions on the wall without leaning on the huge glass cases in front of them, which you are not allowed to do, so... More

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Reading, Massachusetts
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

Like others have said...there is no cheerful welcome. That same sense of ennui permeated the very exhibits we slowly made our way through. The audio guide was far too long with less than interesting information. The written biographical information was also poorly presented. I opted to visit here first and then ran out of time for the Joyce center. The... More

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The information on the writers featured in the exhibition was interesting if a little tired in execution, but what about all the late twentieth and twenty first century writers such as Heaney, O 'Brien and Doyle? Its aim may be to focus on writers that lived and wrote in Dublin, but Ireland has such a rich literary heritage surely they... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I love litersture and history and with the digital guide you obtain here you get both at once. I leared very much from the visit and even took.notes on what would be "the must" to be read in a future.

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San Francisco, CA
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52 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We really enjoyed our visit to the museum. Dublin has such a rich history of authors. The museum is housed in a beautiful Georgian building. it is not a super modern high tech glossy place by any means- very rustic- like an old house with very basic displays. But, the audio tour helped to bring it to life for us... More

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Chicago, Illinois
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

As a literary person who loves to read and write, I was excited to head over to the Dublin Writer's Museum--which is a bit of a hike from the city centre--when I arrived, I was tired and worn out and then disappointed in it's execution. Like another reviewer indicated, the staff were not helpful or very welcoming--just kind of basic.... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I'm a Creative Writing Major and was super excited to visit here, but I was a bit disappointed. The staff there was not very helpful or friendly, and did not seem very happy that I was there. The information itself was fantastic, but it could have functioned better. The building itself was also a bit dingy, and felt stifling. I... More

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