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Dublin Writers Museum

18-19 Parnell Square North, Dublin 1, Ireland
353 1 872 2077
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Ranked #109 of 284 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I looked really forward to go in the Writer`s museum because i´m interested in irish literature. First of all the decoration is awful and secondly there are just two rooms for visitors. The presentation of the books and literature is ...sorry boring. It's made without passion. Hope that the museum will change this

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This is a small museum with a nice array of memorabilia and letters from some of Ireland's most famous writers. Although I have to say my friend and I were a bit surprised that some of these letters and original prints didn't seem to be that protected in these older cases. Regardless, a great review of the authors and if... More

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Gainesville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

A museum honoring writers is appropriate in a nation that values its artists as much as Ireland does. It's a small, intimate museum where one can see works by notables such as Joyce, Gogarty, Swift, Stoker and more.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The problem with Dublin is that there's just too much to be seen, and most attractions require lingering – especially so with the Dublin Writers Museum. There's just so much to absorb, and what I especially appreciated was gaining an understanding of the incredible legacy Irish writers have gifted literature over the past few hundred years. My only sin was... More

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Holyoke, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

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
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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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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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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
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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
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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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