Welcome to the Little Museum of Dublin.

No trip to Dublin is complete without a visit to this award-winning city museum.

You will find history, humour and hospitality in the much loved Little Museum of Dublin.

Join our famous guided tour, do the Big Little Treasure Hunt or enjoy a walking tour of St. Stephen’s Green with one of our expert guides.

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(Last tour at 4pm)

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The Golden Age of Dublin

Ground Floor

The Golden Age of Dublin

This is where your visit begins. The ground floor of the museum houses our reception and a new bookshop that is full of great reading and fun souvenirs.

This floor is also home our exhibition on the Golden Age of Dublin.

In the 1790s a young English draughtsman called James Malton decided to create a group portrait of Dublin. His timing was impeccable, as the second city of the British Empire was then among the most splendid in Europe. But Dublin went into a long decline after the Act of Union in 1800.

This exhibition explores the life and work of a brilliant artist. It is also a miniature biography of Dublin at the height of its golden age.

The Little Shop of Dublin

Ground Floor

The Little Shop of Dublin

Discover the Little Shop of Dublin, where you will find some of the most delightful souvenirs in Ireland, together with wonderful reading material, toys, posters, movies and sundry ways to distract children.

Our permanent collection

First Floor

Our permanent collection

Our permanent collection tells the story of the city in the 20th Century. This is where your guided tour begins and ends. 

Our goal is to tell the story of the Irish capital. A gift to the city from itself, the entire collection was donated by the people of Dublin.

On our famous guided tour you will celebrate the history, hospitality and humour of this great city.

The Editor's Room

Second Floor

The Editor’s Room

The Editor’s Room is a re-creation of The Irish Times when it was run by Robert “Bertie” Smyllie, one of its most legendary editors.

Smyllie was editor of The Irish Times from 1934 to 1954. The exhibition includes his old typewriter, which was given to the paper by Maeve Binchy, and the front page of the paper marking VE Day on May 8th, 1945.

In order to get past the censors, who frowned on partisanship in the war, Smyllie ensured the photographs on that front page were marked out in a V shape, a subliminal sign denoting support for the British war effort.

Smyllie’s old desk is also there, as is his desk lamp. The first front page of the paper from the first edition published on March 29th, 1859, is also on display.

The exhibition was curated by Irish Times journalist Peter Murtagh, who described the newspaper during Smyllie’s time as an “extraordinary place”.

U2: Made in Dublin

Second Floor

U2: Made in Dublin

Ireland’s greatest rock band is the subject of an exhibition in the Little Museum.

U2: Made in Dublin charts the story of the band over the last 40 years. This fan-curated show features musical rarities, signed albums and some great photography.

Artefacts on display include a Trabant car, an oversize Gibson Explorer, a life-size sculpture of MacPhisto and even a pack of U2 condoms. If you’re a fan of Rock’s Hottest Ticket, you will enjoy this exhibition.

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Did you know that the Little Museum of Dublin is a registered charity?

Please click here to find out about our charitable work. If you like what we do, please support us by becoming a member or making a donation.