Dublin Writers Museum

The Dublin Writers Museum exposes visitors to the spectacular literary history that has propelled Irish writers into stardom. Whether it is due to the weather, landscape, political turmoil, or just something in the Irish blood, they are well-known for creating outstanding literature. The Writers Museum in Ireland will introduce you to the literary heritage of Dublin. From Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula, to Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett, this museum in Dublin brings to life the work and times of these famous writers.

Set in a restored Georgian Mansion on Parnell Square, which is on the north side of the city, just off O’Connell Street, the museum opened in 1991. Visitors will learn about the history of Irish literature up through modern times. Book fanatics will love the early editions and first editions that are on display, including copies of Dracula, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Ulysses. Writers come alive with their own handwriting on display, including Yeats, Joyce, and Patrick Kavanagh. Beyond pens, papers, and pipes there is also a great deal of personal items that belonged to writers, including Austin Clarke’s desk and Samuel Beckett’s telephone.

The Dublin Writers Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, and on Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Ticket prices are reasonable, and discounts are available for children. The Writers Museum in Ireland is closed on public holidays, so be sure to check the ahead before planning a visit. If you're visiting in the early summer, check out the Bloomsday celebration on June 16, which honors James Joyce.

This museum in Dublin also has a fine bookshop, after your interest has been piqued about a certain Irish writer, you can pick up a volume of their poetry or a novel in the extensive store. If you need some help choosing something, ask one of the staff members for a recommendation. There are wonderful gifts in the bookshop as well that might be a better present for someone at home than a Dublin t-shirt. Located next door to the bookshop is the café of the museum. From coffee to scones, enjoy a little pick-me-up in the Georgian environment of one of Dublin’s best museums.

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