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Dublin Writers Museum

18-19 Parnell Square North, Dublin 1, Ireland
353 1 872 2077
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Ranked #118 of 285 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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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

I was expecting to see a lot more on modern Irish writers but there was very little on Seamus Heaney even though he is regarded as one of the best Irish poets since Yeats and is a Nobel Prize winner. There was a lot on Yeats and Joyce as you might expect but not so much on female writers. On... More

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Tipperary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Educational, relaxed, and cosy. A lovely little museum with a great bookshop. If only the cafe was open!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

One of the stops from the hop on/hop off bus tour, but easy to find on a map anyway as it's usually included in them. I learned a lot about so many writers, it has inspired me to read more of their books! Really well-set up and great to see so many first editions and letters from these authors! Great... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

With all the wonderful writers Dublin has produced and a beautiful building to site the museum in, this is a real disappointment. Dry and uninspired. I wasn't encouraged to read any of the writers, I didn't get any feel for their work. In an effort to cover LOTS of writers, the giants of Irish literature get lost. Glass cases with... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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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