The Dublin Writers Museum was opened in November 1991 at No 18, Parnell Square, Dublin, Ireland. The museum occupies an original 18th-century house, which accommodates the museum rooms, library, gallery, and administration area. The annexe behind it has a coffee shop and bookshop on the ground floor and exhibition and lecture rooms on the floors above. Dublin stuccadore Michael Stapleton decorated the upstairs gallery. The Irish Writers' Centre, next door in No 19, contains the meeting rooms and offices of the Irish Writers' Union, the Society of Irish Playwrights, the Irish Children's Book Trust and the Irish Translators' & Interpreters' Association. The basement beneath both houses is occupied by the Chapter One restaurant.
The Museum was established to promote interest, through its collection, displays and activities, in Irish literature as a whole and in the lives and works of individual Irish writers. Through its association with the Irish Writers' Centre it provides a link with living writers and the international literary scene. On a national level it acts as a centre, simultaneously pulling together the strands of Irish literature and complementing the smaller, more detailed museums devoted to individuals like James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw, William Butler Yeats and Patrick Pearse. It functions as a place where people can come from Dublin, Ireland and abroad to experience the phenomenon of Irish writing both as history and as actuality.
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Usman Ataullah | Feb 2, 2018
Nice place to learn more about the lesser known writers and share the experiences that they went through. Kids section may need to be improved though... :)
Norma Passarell | Feb 10, 2018
Beautiful museum featuring lots of Irish writers. Great visit as long as you know about the authors.
YankeesLoving Bat | Jan 16, 2018
Disappointed to learn the cafe had closed permanently, lack of exhibits made it seem like it has seen better days. The last time I visited in 2003 it was much better.
Dan Reade | Jul 28, 2017
The Dublin Writer's Museum is great for the right audience. The Museum primarily consists of large written displays focused on various Dublin-connected writers, along with display cases containing various artifacts. The Museum is, perhaps appropriately, very reading intensive; the primary visual elements are the artifacts, and the artifacts themselves are generally just copies of books or poems with a few personal items thrown in and are in general not the most amazing things to look at, particularly if one doesn't have much personal interest in the writers themselves. So, most of the experience comes from reading the displays. The displays contain excellent overviews of both the writers in question as well as the historical events surrounding particular movements and writers' groups. Again, though, if one is not interested in the writers themselves, the museum is likely quite dull. As someone who loves writing and is interested in several Irish writers, I found the museum fantastic. For someone not interested in these things, your time is likely better spent elsewhere.
Steve Hollingsworth | Sep 8, 2017
Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, G. B. Shaw, James Joyce, W. B. Yeats, Samuel Beckett are the ones you know, but they're the tip of the iceberg here. Many more names that should be remembered and enough detail to let you sense the changing literary milieu over the generations. It's housed in an 18th century home that was beautifully renovated in the 1890s by George Jameson of the whiskey distillery family.
Neslihan Ercan | Apr 25, 2018
Ireland is full of amazing writers. With this fantastic materials in hand, this museum offers nothing but reading experience. It could have been arranged in a much better way that audience is fed in a more artistic way.
Daniel Sibisan | Apr 27, 2018
Old style, old fashion, somehow incomplete, very few Information and without a guiding idea, a motive, a "silver lining", only a chronological display for several writers, with a highly nationalist point of view. Ireland has had several NOBEL Prize for Literature winners. After visiting this Museum I have spotted out only three. For the other two I will search on Google or Wikipedia.
John Rigby | May 2, 2018
Really great exhibition tracing Irish literature in Irish and "the language generically known as English". Neat...
Anna Laut | Apr 15, 2018
Although there is actually really a lot to read, the texts are quite nice and unveil a lot of intersting fun facts about Irish authors. Unfortunately the modern Irish literature is not quite covered in this museum like Cecelia Ahern.
Sangita Iyer | May 25, 2018
Not everyone's cup of tea as there is a lot of reading to be done as part of the exhibits. It is quite interesting as it opens up a world of Irish writers who may not be as popular as Joyce or Wilde. Definitely for literary buffs and not for someone not very enthusiastic about the subject.
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