The best museums in Ireland in 2021

These are the top 20 best museums in Ireland, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2021. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

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These are the best museums in Ireland:

  1. The Little Museum of Dublin1

    The Little Museum of Dublin

    The Little Museum of Dublin is housed in an 18th-century Georgian town house and tells stories about the Irish capital. Visitors can get informative guided tours to get to meet characters like James Joyce and John F Kennedy.
  2. Kilmainham Gaol2

    Kilmainham Gaol

    Kilmainham Gaol is one of the largest unoccupied gaols in Europe. Leaders of the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867 and 1916 were detained here. Names such as Henry Joy McCracken, Robert Emmet, Anne Devlin, Charles Stewart Parnell and the leaders of 1916 will always be associated with the goal. Ac
  3. National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology3

    National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology

    Opened in 1890, the National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology displays artefacts dating from 7000 BC to the 20th century. These collections include The Treasury, featuring examples of Celtic and Medieval art. Ór-Ireland’s Gold features a collection of prehistoric gold artefacts in Europe, while Prehi
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  5. Irish Whiskey Museum4

    Irish Whiskey Museum

    Take a journey back through time at this visitor attraction that uncovers the story of Irish whiskey. Learn the origins of Irish whiskey, its rise to glory and its dramatic fall and discover some new Irish whiskey brands. Enjoy the wonderful stories told by the tour guides as they bring you through
  6. Croke Park - GAA Museum & Stadium Tours5

    Croke Park - GAA Museum & Stadium Tours

    Croke Park - GAA Museum & Stadium Tours is a sport museum that has several featured exhibitions like the original Sam Maguire and Liam MacCarthy Cups, the rousing Hall of Fame, and a whole floor dedicated to the games as they are today. After exploring the museum, visitors get a chance to taste the
  7. Dublin Zoo6

    Dublin Zoo

    Opened September 1st 1831, Dublin Zoo was founded as a private society by anatomists and physicists. The zoo has hosted over one million visitors. Sitting on a 70 acre piece of land, the Dublin Zoo hosts over 600 animals which range from spot giraffes to rhinos and zebras. Visitors can hang out with
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  9. Glasnevin Cemetery Museum7

    Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

    Glasnevin Cemetery Museum is a museum in Ireland governed by the Dublin Cemetries committee. Glasnevin Cemetery Museum covers a vast area of over 124 acres of parkland with plenty to appreciate for those interested in exploring the legacies of Ireland’s heroes. The Glasnevin Cemetery Museum has a mi
  10. Chester Beatty Library8

    Chester Beatty Library

    The Chester Beatty Library was opened in 1968 under the will of the late Sir Alfred Chester Beatty. The library is one of Irelands most favoured National Cultural Institutions. The Chester Beatty Library has all resources one might need to understand different cultures of the world. Several temporar
  11. GPO Witness History Visitor Centre9

    GPO Witness History Visitor Centre

    GPO Witness History Visitor Centre is specifically for those who want to explore the history of modern Ireland and the 1916 Easter Rising in the Dublin city centre. You can follow the rebels' footsteps by joining the Easter Rising Tour and find out the role it played in Dublin years ago. Once in the
  12. National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History10

    National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History

    Collins barracks could be said to be the National Museum of Ireland’s largest irish artefact, having had a unique history all its own in another life. On display, you’ll find fine examples of silver, ceramics, glassware, weaponry, furniture, folklife, clothing, jewellery, coins and medals. All of th
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    EPIC Ireland

    Epic Ireland is a small modern museum in Dublin’s Docklands that tells the moving and unforgettable story of the 10 million Irish people who left their homeland, and how they influenced and shaped the world. Epic Ireland is a fully digital museum which features 1500 years of Irish history. Visitors
  14. Dublinia: Experience Viking and Medieval Dublin12

    Dublinia: Experience Viking and Medieval Dublin

    Dublinia: Experience Viking and Medieval Dublin is a not for profit museum located at Christs church, the crossroads of Dublins medieval city. Here, you get to meet the vikings face to face and understand how life was in Ireland during the medieval period. Dublinia: Experience Viking and Medieval Du
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  16. Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum13

    Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum

    Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum is a museum in Dublin in Ireland. It tells a story of a proud Irish emigrant ship, in the city centre of Dublin. Boarding the Jeanie Johnson is a step towards understanding the millions of people that heade to North America for survival. Visitors are remin
  17. National Museum of Ireland - Natural History14

    National Museum of Ireland - Natural History

    The Natural History Museum was built by the Royal Dublin Society and opened its doors in 1857. Over 150 years later it has changed little and is known as the ‘Dead Zoo’ a true museum of a museum. Familiar favorites include skeletons of 11,000 year old giant deer, Spoticus the giraffe and whale skele
  18. National Wax Museum Plus15

    National Wax Museum Plus

    The National Wax Museum Plus is a reinvented museum found in the heart of Dublin's city centre at 22-25 Westmoreland Street. The museum offers an interactive experience for everyone regardless of age. The attraction in itself offers an overview of the Irish history from the Bronze age to the present
  19. National Leprechaun Museum16

    National Leprechaun Museum

    The National Leprechaun Museum is the first ever tourist attraction that is dedicated to the Irish myth. Situated in the heart of Dublin, The National Leprechaun museum gives visitors a break off the normal world into a world full of fun and magic. It gives a sense of Irish cultural identity and ima
  20. The Custom House17

    The Custom House

    The Custom House in Dublin is located on the Northern banks of River Liffey. It is regarded as one of the jewels in the city's architectural crown.Several sculptures found in the building were sculpted by the famous Irish sculptor, Edward Smyth. Inside the house you will find features such as pavili
  21. Garda Museum & Archives18

    Garda Museum & Archives

    The Garda Museum & Archives is a small museum that covers the history of policing in Ireland. The Garda Museum and Archives are located at Treasury Building, Dublin Castle. Those who visit the museum find an exhibition about the history of An Garda Síochána and information on policing in Ireland bef
  22. National Gallery of Ireland19

    National Gallery of Ireland

    The National Gallery of Ireland was established by an Act of Parliament in 1854 and opened to the public in January 1864. It has over 10,000 works, such as water-colours, drawings, prints and sculpture. The National Gallery of Ireland has over 2500 paintings. The paintings in the museum represent al
  23. Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane20

    Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

    Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane opened its doors on 20th of January 1908 in Clonmell House, Harcourt Street, Dublin. This gallery is said to be one of the first galleries of modern art in the world. Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane houses a collection of comtemporary Irish and international art

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