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Dublin Writers Museum

18-19 Parnell Square North | Dublin 1 | Official website
Dublin Writers Museum
  • Type: Museums
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 3.5 (3.5)
Value: 3.0 (3.0)
Facilities: 3.5 (3.5)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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Dedicated to Dublin's rich and exciting literary traditions, avid readers and aspiring wordsmiths will have trouble tearing themselves away from the displays housed in the Dublin Writers Museum. While the halls of this converted 18th-century mansion do feature the occasional portrait or bust of a famous writer, the real reason you come here is to see their words. According to Frommer's, "The draw is also long letters from [Irish poet] Brendan Behan talking about parties he was invited to with the Marx Brothers in Los Angeles after he hit the big time, and scrawled notes from Behan, Joyce, and Beckett about work, life, and love."

You can read old playbills written by Yeats for the Abbey Theatre, early editions of such masterpieces as Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels and Oscar Wilde's Ballad of Reading Gaol and admire James Joyce's typewriter. If you find that reading only a few pages of Ireland's classics just isn't enough, then pick up your own copies at the museum store. However, recent visitors say that, unless you're a diehard literature buff, you should spend your time and your money elsewhere.

The Dublin Writers Museum is located North of the Liffey and is open every Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is about $10 USD (€8) for adults and $6 USD (€5) for children. For more information, check out the museum's website.

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