The Little Museum of Dublin first opened its door to the public in 2011. All the objects in it were donated by the people of Dublin, when an appeal went out to start a museum dedicated to the city. Over 5,000 pieces were donated. A sizeable amount of these historical objects are on display in five rooms, of a splendid Georgian townhouse and tell the story of the capital from 1900 to 2000.
There are two extra rooms dedicated to travelling or temporary exhibitions such as the current one dedicated to the Dublin author, Patrick Lafcadio: Coming Home: The Open Mind of Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, which runs until January 3rd 2016.
Some of the rooms are themed, such as the one which portrays the press room of the Irish Times newspaper at the turn of the last century, one is dedicated to the popular Lord Mayor of Dublin, Alfie Byrne and another practically a shrine to Dublin’s own U2. Amongst the hoard are objects connected with James Joyce, Patrick Pearse and many many famous Dubliners. There are are a vast quantity of photographs, covering every bare place on the walls that pretty much bookend the entire Twentieth century.
There are few labelled objects, encouraging visitors to engage with staff and ask questions, which they are all happy to oblige and offer stories behind the objects, some more identifiable than others! What makes the Little Museum of Dublin unique is that it has an air of informality about it. You are even invited to make yourself at home and relax on a sofa in front of a grand fire place and look at books. You can even enjoy a complementary sweet or two.
The Little Museum of Dublin offers regular historical lectures and stages regular musical concerts. Open 9.30am-5pm seven days a week, with late opening until 8pm on Thursdays. It is at a prime location on 15 St Stephen’s Green close to Grafton Street. It is well worth taking time out to visit one of the top places on Dublin’s cultural map.
All photos by Ciaran Parkes.