Writers Museum, Dublin

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18/19 Parnell Sq. North, Dublin 1. Tel: +353 1 8722077.

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    Scribblers, Hacks, and Geniuses

    by yooperprof Written Jul 17, 2013

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    the pen is mightier than the sword

    If there's one city in the world that truly deserves a Writers Museum it is Dublin. This fair city on the banks of the Liffey has been imagined and re-imagined by generations of poets, playwrights, memoirists, novelists, journalists, bards, and other assorted pen-pushers. Joyce, Shaw, Yeats, Wilde, O'Casey and O'Brien are only a few of the names that you will encounter upon your visit to the Writers Museum in Parnell Square. This is an old fashioned museum, without the fancy animatronics or video-installations or computer-generated holograms that you might find in the most recently designed museums, but if you like letters, handwriting, manuscripts and old books this is the place for you.

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    My favourite museum in Dublin!

    by Jefie Written May 22, 2009

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    Probably the main reason why I've always been attracted to Ireland has to do with all the books I've read over the years written by Irish authors: Beckett, Goldsmith, Joyce, Shaw, Stoker, Swift, Wilde, Yeats... these are just a few of the authors I've come to love while studying literature. I wasn't sure what to expect from the Dublin Writers Museum, but it clearly was on my list of things to do in Dublin. In the end, it turned out to be my favourite museum in the city! The visit is quite simple: there are two rooms on the main floor that contain an impressive collection of manuscripts, letters, first editions and theatre programs, as well as other random things that have belonged to some of the city's most beloved authors. You're given an audio guide, and while I'm not usually a huge fan of these guides, I thought this one was particularly well made. It gave just the right amount of information, and included some very interesting facts and funny anecdotes. I usually get bored listening to audio guides, but this one was short enough that I would usually linger in front of each display before moving on to the next one. I was pleased to discover new authors and find out more about those I already knew - the only problem is that there are now dozens of new books I want to read!

    Admission: 7.50 Euros

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    Dublin Writers Museum

    by halikowski Written Mar 16, 2006

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    Interesting snapshots of Irish literary greats, together with their memorabilia. All packed into two rooms.I am curious to find out about `Melmoth the Wanderer' a romantic, Bohemian tale which much influenced Oscar Wilde.

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    Visit Swift, Wilde, Joyce, Beckett and more

    by Mikebond Written Oct 30, 2005

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    The Dublin Writers Museum was one of the places in Dublin I enjoyed the most. It was set up in a 18th-century building in 1991. It shows documents, photographs and personal objects of many famous Irish writers: Swift, Wilde, Shaw, Yeats, Joyce, Beckett, Kavanagh and more. It is certainly worth a visit!
    Photos are forbidden, so I bought the postcard you see here.

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    The Dublin Writers’ Museum

    by elcolibri Written May 25, 2005

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    As Dublin is famous as city of writers and literature, anyone who wants to discover, or enjoy Dublins literary heritage has some places to visit in the city. One of them is the
    Dublin Writers’ Museum in 18 Parnell Square, between the Findlater`s Church and the National Ballroom. It is a small but full of literary memorabilia museum. It include some priceless letters and other notes and correspondence from writers Brendan Behan, Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde and James Joyce.

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    DUBLIN WRITERS MUSEUM

    by hevbell Updated Jan 8, 2005

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    I was interested to visit the Dublin Writers Museum as I was aware the city had a strong literary tradition but knew very little about it other than James Joyce. I was most surprised to learn that Bram Stoker, author of Dracula of course!, was from Dublin!!

    The museum covers a large number of local writers, chronologically, but not any who are still living so I am sure there are many more to be added in years to come. Those who are featured now, as well as Joyce and Stoker, include George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, Patrick Kavanagh, WB Yeats and Samuel Beckett.

    There is the obligatory cafe and also a Zen garden and a small art exhibit which I enjoyed. Its worth a visit.

    You can get a joint discounted ticket with some other local tourist sites. I got mine along with my entry to Malahide Castle

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    The Writers Museum

    by ChrsStrl Written Jul 30, 2004

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    James Joyce off O'Connell Street

    A long way from one end of O'Connell Street is this beautiful 18thC townhouse, the ground floor of which provides a chronological history of Dublin's literary heritage, including Swift, Shaw, Bram Stoker, Joyce, Yeats, Samuel Beckett and Brendan Behan, among many others. There is an amzing collection of letters, manuscripts, rare books, personal belongings and memoribilia, such that anyone really wanting to research details could spend many fruitful hours here. It has quite a good and large cafe. Upstairs rooms, available for seminars and performances, are attractive and can be viewed on an ordinary visit.

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    Dublin Writers Museum

    by Mahieu Updated May 27, 2004

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    Dublin is very proud of its literary heritage and the Writers Museum is a must for people wanting to explore some of the literary history of the city.
    The museum gives you detailed information about the most famous Irish writers like James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker, ... in a chronological way. The audioguide tour is very interesting. A must see!!

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    Alive literature

    by isolina_it Updated Apr 19, 2004

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    We happened to visit the Dublin writers museum when an Irish actor was giving a short performance (1 hour about) from Oscard Wilde, Bernard Shaw and an other couple of Iris writers` famous works. An ideal Husbad was pretty amusing, for example, but everything had a real touch of irish tradition.
    The ticket for the performance was combined with the visit to the museum, 2 rooms in which you read and listen about all Irish literature and can see pictures and objects who belong to the famous writers.
    It was a great experience, worthy to spend Dublin visit in a different way

    Open: Mon-Sat: 10-17, Sunday & Public
    Holidays: 11-17

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    Writers Museum

    by Dazzle88 Written Apr 18, 2004

    Dublin Writers Museum is located in a magnificent 18th Century mansion. The collections feature the lives and works of Dublin's literary figures over the last 100 years, including Joyce, O'Casey, Shaw, Wilde and Yeats.

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    Inside the Writer's Museum

    by acemj Updated Jun 7, 2003

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    You'll be given an audio guide that takes you through the museum which is made up mostly of display cases filled with first editions, photographs and personal correspondences.

    Here's a shot of the most impressive room in the house, the Gallery of Writers. There is also a room dedicated to Children's literature and art as well as a very good cafe.

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    What a tradition!

    by acemj Updated Jun 7, 2003

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    If you want to pay tribute to or learn about the Irish literary tradition, then this the Dublin Writer's Museum should be one of your first stops in the city. It was opened in 1991 in a grand Georgian mansion on the north side of the Liffey and celebrates one of the world's great writing nations. Ireland has produced four Nobel prize winning authors and many other internationally known for their works. Some of the writers featured include Yeats, Beckett, Shaw, Wilde, Sheridan, Swift and of couse, Joyce.

    It's 6 euro to get in, but you can buy a combined ticket for the James Joyce Museum, Malahide Castle and other attractions for only 10.

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    Parnell Square

    by acemj Updated Jun 7, 2003

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    If you walk up O'Connell Street from the Liffey, you'll run into Parnell Square which, like O'Connnell Street, was once more posh than it is today. However, there are still some great sights around here including the Gate Theatre, the Dublin Writer's Museum, the James Joyce Cultural Center and the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art.

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    Dublin Writers Museum

    by IrishFem Updated Jun 3, 2003

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    Writers Museum

    The writers museum is situated in a restored 18th Century Georgian mansion with decorative stained glass windows. The museum was opened in 1991 to celebrate a histoy of literary Dublin. The museum holds exhibitions and readings and has a specail room devoted to childrens literature.
    Open from January to December Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm. Sunday and public holidays 11am to 5pm. Admission 6 euro. Tours are available in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Japanese. You will also find a cafe and an excellent book store.

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    Dublin Writers Museum

    by Nantosvelta Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The Dublin Writers Museum is situated in a 18th century gentleman's house. The museum has a fascinating collection of first prints, portrets and manuscripts of famous Irish writers.
    To name a few famous Irish writers: George Bernard Shaw, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Jonathan Swift,
    Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker and William Butler Yeats.

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