10 Best Museums To Learn About Dublin Art, Culture, History And More

Museums are usually the first port of call when compiling a sightseeing itinerary and there are more than ever to choose from when you arrive in a new city. Dublin's museum scene contains all the regular museum-goer haunts, a national gallery, museum of natural history and plenty of historial museums as well. 

To boot however, we also have plenty of spots that celebrate our rich cultural history from the Dublin Writer's Museum to the Hugh Lane Gallery and the James Joyce Centre. Within you'll find fascinating documents and works from some of Ireland's most famous and talented artists and really immerse yourself in Irish culture. 

While it's fantastic to have such emphasis on the arts and those who have shaped the Irish arts scene there is another industry that continues to make us famous the world over. Places like the Jameson Distillery and the Guinness Brewery are a constant source of entertainment and knowledge for tourists and Dublin locals alike and they certainly make for a fun day out. If you want some respite from the information-heavy houses of learning like the National Museum of Ireland then these might be the perfect venue. But if you're all about a crash course in history and architecture never fear, there are plenty of places to get your info quota in the capital.


While it takes a little bit more of a pilgrimage to get to the Irish Museum of Modern Art it is more than worth the journey. Located in the 17th century Royal Hospital Building both the building and the grounds are styled like that of Les...  Read More

Dublin Writers Museum

It's no secret that Dublin and Ireland in general have a rich literary history and the Dublin Writer's Museum is here to celebrate it. Located nearby to the Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Square you'll find artefacts from the writers themselves,...  Read More

Natural History Museums are commonplace in every European capital and there's a good reason why. Both adults and children alike love to marvel at the animals and creatures of yesteryear and Dublin has one of the most impressive zoological...  Read More

Guinness Brewery / Guinness Hop Store

The Guinness Storehouse is somewhat of a stalwart of the Dublin tourism scene, and despite it being one of the more expensive options on offer it does really provide a well-rounded tour and experience for your money. Taking you through the...  Read More

The Hugh Lane Gallery is one of Dublin's other great, free attractions that features the collectors collection which he bequeathed to the State along with over 2000 works of contemporary and modern art. The main attraction is the painter Francis...  Read More

The Old Jameson Distillery is located in what used to be the original distilling premises for the world-famous whiskey. Nowadays its main function is as a museum with some of the original distilling equipment intact and a guided tour of how...  Read More

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The Jame Joyce Centre is located on North Great George's Street in the North Georgian Quarter and was built in the late 18th century. While Joyce himself never lived in this establishment he was connected to it through the Dance School that was...  Read More

The Little Museum of Dublin is the newest addition to the museum scene, opening its doors in October 2011. Occupying a Georgian townhouse and dedicating itself to remembering the 20th century, the Little Museum has over 400 artefacts that have...  Read More

Dating back to the mid-19th Century and packed full of fantastic pieces, the National Gallery of Ireland is one of the best ways to spend an inclement afternoon in Dublin. You can take your time exploring the many wings of art and sculpture that...  Read More

This independently funded museum follows the history and culture of the Jewish community in Ireland through the ages. Located in the trendy suburb of Portobello and a short walk from the Grand Canal this is a great place to stop into while...  Read More


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Emily grew up in Dublin, and studied French and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. During her university years, she lived in both Scotland and France, but traveled around Europe...  More About Emily