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“For literary buffs”

Dublin Writers Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Housing memorabilia of Ireland's most influential writers, the museum has a recording of James Joyce reading from "Anna Livia Plurabelle."
Ft Worth. TX
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261 reviews
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“For literary buffs”
Reviewed August 23, 2012

What is it about Ireland that this little place that has produced 4 Nobel Literature prize winners and many, many other well-recognized writers? This small museum (3 rooms) will tell you about them and their contributions. Across the street from the moving Garden of Remembrance, also well worth a visit. A little off the beaten path but on the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus route.

Visited August 2012
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Chennai (Madras), India
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“Literary History of Dublin”
Reviewed August 23, 2012

Its a great museum to understand Dublin's contribution to modern literature. Its absolutely remarkable that one city can have so much impact on literature. It features the life and works of some of Dublin's greatest.

Visited September 2011
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New York City, New York
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“Slightly Underwhelming”
Reviewed August 12, 2012

As a lover of literature, I went to the Dublin Writers Museum with high hopes. I've had little exposure to Irish literature and was looking forward to learning more about the course Irish writing has taken through time.

The building itself is small, cozy and charming. It's gorgeously decorated-- this is mainly because it was originally owned by the Jamesons, and they clearly worked hard to beautify it. Your 6-ish euro admission rate includes a complimentary audio guide. The museum consists of four rooms, but the most substantial stuff is definitely in the first two rooms on the ground floor.

The museum was/is definitely successful in providing a compact history lesson about the "trajectory" of Irish literature. The audio guide is good for people who don't feel like reading the long passages on the walls. However, it [the audio guide] gets a little dull when the narrator recites an excerpt from something. I'd go early because the rooms are small and they tend to get crowded. The museum has quite a few interesting artifacts, but I noticed that many of these objects are on loan. I can't help but wonder if their "stock" inevitably changes? I guess that's not too important, but it's something to consider.

The gift shop is a major disappointment. They have a few books for sale (pretty much Joyce, and nobody else--Penguin editions, at that) and then the rest of the stuff was the usual kitsch you see in any old store NOT having to do with writers. The salesperson looked at me incredulously when I asked her if a small bust they had of Shaw was on sale. It was as if the idea of selling literature-related products in the museum is crazy.

You can breeze through the place or take your time reading every single thing. I'm glad I went, but all in all, I thought it would be better, seeing as Dublin is pretty much the epicenter of Irish literature and Irish literature in general is a huge part of the literary world.

Visited August 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Well worth going!”
Reviewed August 8, 2012

We went to see the Francis Bacon Studio exhibit (Fantastic! Go!) and we were happy to discover that the Dublin Writers Museum was just a few steps away. Its small but that plays in it's favor. It had an intimate feel that played perfectly to the subject. Even if your are not a Lit fan you will enjoy learning about all the amazing contributions Dublin Authors made to western Literature.
The gift shop is a great place to pick up that book you should have read years ago.

Visited August 2012
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Geneva, Switzerland area
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“Small gem with portraits of the artists and overview of Irish literature”
Reviewed July 14, 2012

If you're interested in literature and the literary life, this museum is rewarding. The origins of Bram Stoker's Dracula and its subsequent incarnations, Joyce, Wilde and many Irish writers you may or may not have known. Recommended.

Visited July 2012
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