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“Not that exciting for literature 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."
New York City, New York
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“Not that exciting for literature buffs”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

It's a shame that this museum doesn't receive more funding, however that still wouldn't help it overcome its outdated curation and odd conservative slant. There are poster boards with encyclopedic biography for each featured writer, along with glass cabinets containing memorabilia. Most is old books--not first editions typically, and some are one or two hundred years younger than their authors, so aren't that exciting from a book collector's point of view--and some Ripley's-esque curios such as glasses once worn by so-and-so or somebody's tie.

It would have been much more valuable to get a critical interpretation of these authors' works and a curative approach to their place in the history of Irish writing--not just a chronological place, but a critical, influential, and inspirational place. It was hard to get a sense of where each author was coming from and what he or she was trying to achieve with his/her work (unless it was to glorify Ireland, then you heard about it). I guess the operative term would be IRISH writers museum, because it seemed more concerned with tying each author into the mother country and less concerned with giving you any kind of understanding of their work or appreciation for them as an artist.

Visited March 2013
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Dublin, Irlanda
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed February 28, 2013

A lot of history, a good place for who like read, like books, like poetry.

Visited July 2012
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Boxborough, Massachusetts, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Good for someone interested in literature”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

This is a great museum for someone with some existing interest in Irish writers. There is a guided audio tour, which is very helpful. As you might expect, there is a lot to read, so even though its a small museum, you can spend a lot of time reading over the displays.

Visited February 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Excellent - made me itch to revist the authors of my youth”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

Wonderful experience. Loved the self guided tour. As I said it made me itch to come home and pull down my books that I read as a younger woman - and look at the Ireland and Dublin they wroter about with new eyes

Visited November 2012
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Manama, Bahrain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Very "complete" exhibition”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

Good museum, though the entrance fee is high (though this is OK as its funding from other sources is limited.

I'm not knowledgeable about Irish writers, but I will say that, as a person with a Ph.D. in another literature, I was impressed by the depth of information here.

And, as we were talking to the person in charge, we learned that the Joyce Tower was open (thanks to volunteers during the holidays), and so we went there the following day. A true treat!

Visited December 2012
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