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Courtesy EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

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CHQ, Custom House Quay


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This interactive museum details 1,500 years of Irish history, with stories of the 100 million people who left Ireland, how and where they lived, and their impact on the rest of the world. State-of-the-art interactive exhibits feature touch screens, motion sensor quizzes and audio and video recordings, which bring Irish history to life. Everything from Irish music and dance to Irish literature to touching letters home, reveal the Irish emigrant experience from multiple points of view.

Recent visitors called the museum highly educational and informative and said it's a must-see for anyone of Irish descent.

The museum, located on the banks of the River Liffey in Dublin's Docklands, is open daily (except from Dec. 24 to 26) from 10 a.m. until 6:45 p.m., with the last entry at 5 p.m. Tickets cost 14 euros for adults (about $16) and 7 euros (about $8) for children ages 6 to 15. Free 55-minute guided tours are offered every day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and are limited to 20 people on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the museum, visit its website.

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