Garda Museum & Archives

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Garda Museum & Archives
4.5
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10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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
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Donal M
Waterford, Ireland402 contributions
Jan 2020
Very good linear history of policing in Ireland from the 18th to 21st centuries. Displays are modern and well captioned. Lack of external signage is somewhat puzzling, opening hours are quite limited, but it's free.
Written January 27, 2020
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tourcookie
Ireland43 contributions
Feb 2012 • Friends
I took some colleagues from overseas to visit the Garda Museum in Dublin Castle and found that it was reeking in history. This is situated in the "Records Tower" and the one remaining part of the original Dublin Castle and has been handed over to the Garda, the Irish national police service. It is crammed full of memoribilia and the connections with the previous police forces and their links to the current one are clearly established. We were guided by the curator, a serving officer, who was full of knowledge and quite entertaining. He described characters and events with vivid descriptions and made the visit a success. This is a small museum but is well worth the effort.
Written March 12, 2012
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_jamestrindlelynch
Cork, Ireland22 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
it was a interesting and enjoyable experience. we really enjoyed the museum as only seen sign when exiting the gift shop. The sign outside the museum should also be displayed in English as well as Irish as many tourists cannot understand the Irish language.
Written July 22, 2018
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finglaspete
Dublin, Ireland2,558 contributions
Feb 2016 • Solo
With this being the 100 years memorial of the Easter rising in Ireland, my Grandfather stood on the British side of the fence, being a member of Dublin's predecessors to Ireland's police force the Garda Siochana, then called the Dublin Metropolitan police. He was in it then, and I have been down here many times over the years to have a look at the many bits and pieces they have on show here, as well as having a chat with the man who runs the place, who has such great knowledge of the history of the DMP and the time my Granddad was in it.
Unfortunately at the moment it appears to be closed for renovations, so hopefully it will be open again soon, so that you too can enjoy it as much as I have over the years.
Written March 7, 2016
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David H
Bury, UK1,546 contributions
Nov 2019
Although it is situated in the grounds of Dublin Castle, apparently they are not allowed to have any signage, and as it is tucked away down a little passage you would not know it was there unless you knew about it. Our guide in the Castle did tell us when we asked, but it appears to be an "us and them" situation as far as we can see.

The museum is not huge, but has a couple of dozen small rooms full of information boards and exhibits detailing the history of the Irish Police force.

The museum is run by volunteers, and the guy on duty that day was very helpful and approachable.

If you have some time left after visiting the Castle, do try and make a short visit.
Written December 9, 2019
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CDR G$
Philadelphia, PA435 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
Interesting little, but information rich and educational museum showcasing the history of law enforcement in Ireland and its transformation from colonial rule, partition and its modern form, an Garda Siochana. Interactive display for the kids included suiting up to ride a Garda motorcycle. Free admission but few and sometimes random hours of operation. Call ahead.
Written April 29, 2019
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bobx77
Florida2,248 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
They are THAT hard to find = I had to ask several people...
So when you’ll see the castle gift shop = it’s right behind this shop!

It’s got free admission and I think it’s a real gem of the beaten path!!
It’s got displays from the very beginning until up to now.
And surely they’ll explain, why the police is called Garda and the meaning of Garda.

My advice:
Go there = it’s free!
And if you against expectation don’t like it = just leave...
Written March 20, 2019
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Gabriel Mc Govern
Dublin, Ireland112 contributions
Sep 2019 • Solo
I found this museum extremely interesting and educational.I was able to trace the history of the police force in Ireland, known as An Garda Siochana from the early years of its formation to the start of the 21st century, through archive audio visuals, photographs also the methods and means of investigating crime, as well as examples of confiscated items.Very interesting and well worth visiting this very well laid out museum.
Written September 28, 2019
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Bexsmyers
2 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
If you're interested in the 1916 Rebellion in Dublin or you would like to know more,this is a must visit museum. Don't miss the film it gives an overall review of the time by both sides the Rebellions and the British.
Written July 17, 2019
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Ovidiu Stefan
Dublin, Ireland396 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
Free admission,small and educative museum.Located next to Dublin Castle souvenir shop.Worth to visit
Written June 12, 2019
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