Irish Republican History Museum

Irish Republican History Museum, Belfast: Hours, Address, Irish Republican History Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Irish Republican History Museum

Irish Republican History Museum
4.5
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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LeicesterCorncrake
East Leake, UK25 contributions
An Education
Nov 2021 • Couples
We were taken to this museum as part of a black cab tour. Both me and my wife grew up in England in the 70s/80s, as anyone who grew up in these times, the only Irish history we were taught was the general English syllabus and what was fed to us via the BBC.
We both found this museum fascinating and while it is obviously biased towards the Republic view it does give another perspective on the troubles in N Ireland that are part of history, like it or not.
Eileen Hickey wanted to educate, go to the museum with an open mind and you will be educated.
Written November 11, 2021
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drewedmin999
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK1,012 contributions
Well worth a visit
Nov 2021 • Couples
Regardless of your religious or political views, this is a fascinating little museum which is free.

The staff are friendly and whilst it’s obvious that they have their own agenda and fixed view of the cause of the troubles, you are allowed to walk around at leisure at your own pace.

As 2 English people we felt very welcome and at ease.

There are a countless number of artefacts, photos , posters, flags etc…

Those simply labelling this place as a terrorist propaganda site need a shake and they should remember that one person’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter.

Of course the museum is presented in a Good versus Bad way, precisely as the troubles are presented on the other side of town in reverse.

For us the museum was a poignant reminder that there were a countless number of victims on all sides and at the end of the day there were no winners.

If you appreciate hands on history, have an open and balanced mind, and are keen to delve deeper into the problems which have haunted this fantastic city for decades, then this is a must see attraction in Belfast.
Written November 9, 2021
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Molly L
Ireland1 contribution
Brilliant
Jul 2021 • Family
absolutely brilliant, full of interesting information from the troubles. A little off the road which gives it a more authentic vibe
Written July 16, 2021
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j1234
Belfast, UK183 contributions
Horrible propaganda
Sep 2020 • Solo
The most horrible depressing 'museum' ever. Just a terrorist hideout.. AVOID! Slanted totally towards terrorists and their supporters
Written September 10, 2020
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Michael H
County Dublin, Ireland6 contributions
It is our Irish History -- Strength and courage to say no more
Feb 2020
The museum is a little gem. Whats on show is hard to take, it is extremely sad but it simply has to be told. The persecution of our people became unacceptable and the material on show is very raw but it does a great job in telling a story that happened not that long ago in what was supposed to be a modern society. My wife and I left very moved and along with the other sites we visited the last couple of days, had a great time in Belfast. Great people and so very, very friendly. Thanks a million.
Written February 18, 2020
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EdK_IL
Cicero, IL404 contributions
Good collection of artifacts from something outsiders know little about
Feb 2020 • Couples
Yes, this the view from only one side of the conflict, and yes, some of the things are questionable, but from a historical standpoint I found this to be interesting. I felt it was worth the visit, but as other reviewers have stated, it wasn't for them, so you be the judge.
Written February 17, 2020
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Lynz67
Greater Newcastle, Australia7 contributions
I liked it
Apr 2019 • Solo
I've always been interested in the troubles and I guess I am bias to one side but I enjoyed this place. I like how they acknowledge the women during the troubles.
Written January 16, 2020
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joans1978
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK45 contributions
Pretty shocking
Sep 2019
We were shown a list of martyrs who died for the cause. Two of these martyrs had premature deaths beside their names. When we queried it, we were told, quite flippantly, that they died making bombs that blew up and killed them. These bombs would have been used to kill or maim innocent people, not just unionist paramilitaries,
There was also a group of men sitting in a glass fronted room watching footage of the troubles. They weren’t tourists. Sorry, but the whole thing left us with a bad taste in the mouth. Would not recommend it. Sincerely hope peace in Northern Ireland continues
Written October 12, 2019
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Mancunian
Manchester, UK65 contributions
Forget titanic museum.
Sep 2019 • Solo
This is an amazing little museum, overspilling with eye opening literature and artefacts. I follow Irish history closely but what i found out in here nearly reduced me to tears a few times. Its all very real and you can feel it, while i was reading some of the literature on a few occasions i over heard conversations of people passing thought that they remembered an incident or they knew some involved in it. I heard a tour guide telling some folks about rubber bullets that was in the showcasing that had hit his friends on the head and killed her aged 14, it tore the life out of me! The library at the back is amazing and is very extensive. The gentleman running the place, i think he was called John was cool and I enjoyed a lovely conversation with him about many things. Beat museum in Belfast forget the overpriced, overcrowded titanic museum, save your money and time and visit this heartfelt little gem. Its just an amazing place go and see it, feel it and spread the love. Rest in peace Eileen Hickey.
Written September 26, 2019
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Dumfriesmci
Dumfries, UK27 contributions
Living History:Superb insights into Republican Struggle.
Sep 2019
My wife and i visited the museum in late September 2019.Its living history!
To say its excellent is an understatement.We returned later in our week's holiday its that good.
Eileen Hickey family are at hand to answer historical/contemporary questions.
They were welcoming and friendly,
Its a must visit.
We feel it sharpened up our perception of the struggle in Ireland.
Eileen Hickey would be proud of the commitment of her family and volunteers.
Fraternal greetings from Scotland.
Written September 25, 2019
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