Discover the story of Dublin today

The Little Museum tells the remarkable story of the Irish capital. It was launched in 2011 with a public appeal for historic objects. The response to that appeal illustrates the generosity of the Irish people. Today there are over 5,000 artefacts in our collection.

Recently described as “Dublin’s best museum experience” by the Irish Times, the Little Museum has twice been voted as the number one museum in Ireland on the TripAdvisor website.

Children attend free civics classes here every morning, we host several temporary exhibitions each year, and our greeter programme, City of a Thousand Welcomes, has been described by the Sydney Morning Herald as “the best free thing to do in Europe.”

Our goal is not to sell an ideology but simply to remember the past. If you like the sound of what we’re doing, please visit the museum today.

Curator & Founder
Trevor White
trevor@littlemuseum.ie

Our curator and founder, Trevor White, was born in Dublin in 1972. Educated at St. Columba’s College and Trinity College, he created The Dubliner magazine, published Ireland’s best-selling restaurant guide, and is the author of three books. “Working with our team is a privilege,” says Trevor. “Together our goal is to create the Noma of museums – a small but perfectly-formed jewel that people come from all over the world to admire.”

CEO
Sarah Clancy
sarah@littlemuseum.ie

Our CEO, Sarah Costigan, is a Dublin native. She studied in University College Dublin and has been part of the Little Museum team since 2012. Responsible for overseeing the museum expansion, Sarah says, “I’m so proud to be able to work with our incredible team to build a full-scale permanent museum for Dublin – a museum where our kids and grandkids will learn about the rich history of our city.”

What the critics say

 

The Little Museum is one of the most charming cultural institutions in Europe. But don’t take our word for it. This is what the critics say.

“To get a crash course on all things Dublin, start your day with a visit to the the Little Museum of Dublin. This charming and chock-full museum is relatively new to the scene but it’ll teach all you ever wanted to know about the city’s recent history – from Queen Victoria’s visit in 1900 to the meteoric rise of local band U2. You’ll get a solid background on 20th-century Dublin, as well as an insight into the quirks and pop culture unseen beyond local borders.” – Condé Nast Traveller

“Irreverent and rather wonderful” – Sunday Times

“The Little Museum of Dublin is everything that’s good about Dublin in microcosm. It’s a scene of meticulously organised chaos. Like the city itself, it houses within its confines the relics of bygone eras. And just like Dublin, it oozes a sense of nascent creativity, of something exciting coming into being.” – Irish Times

“Ireland’s No.1 museum is a small non-profit housed in a Georgian building overlooking Dublin’s Stephen’s Green. That’s according to TripAdvisor, which has just named the Little Museum of Dublin as Ireland’s top museum in its Travellers’ Choice Awards.” – Irish Independent

“The Little Museum tells the tale of Dublin and Irish history in a wonderfully sardonic, fun-filled way… The hour felt like 15 minutes as it’s an hour filled with humour, quirkiness, song and a healthy dose of Irish cynicism. I can’t recommend it enough.” – Irish Examiner

OUR GUIDES

Our guides are the life and soul of the museum, filling the place with laughter and song. Click on the images below to find out more about them.

Eamon

Name: Eamon Culloty

What I do in the museum: Tour Guide

Favourite Artefact: Bench from old Dublin Tram… simple, practical design, bi-directional, always popular.

Favourite thing to do in Dublin: People-watching over an excellent coffee.

My recommendations

James Joyce's Ulysses… captures Dublin's richness and complexity.
James Joyce’s Ulysses… captures Dublin’s richness and complexity.

Emmanuel

Name: Emmanuel Tubbiolo

What I do in the museum: Floor manager.

Favourite Artefact: James Malton’s prints. Beautiful testimony of Dublin 1800’s. When fine art and history meet.

Favourite thing to do in Dublin: A visit to the National Gallery of Ireland.

My recommendations

The Little Museum water bottle. I can't leave home without it…
The Little Museum water bottle. I can’t leave home without it…

Layla

Name: Layla O’Sullivan

What I do in the museum: I am a tour guide, delivering 30 minute tours about the history of Dublin and Ireland. 

Favourite Artefact: My favourite artefact changes every week. There are so many interesting things in the museum. Today I love the signed photo of Maureen O’Hara. She too was a proud Dubliner, who never forgot her Irish roots.

Favourite thing to do in Dublin: Visiting Dublin Zoo. It’s a fantastic day out for young and old.

My recommendations

I really like the children's books by Peter Donnelly. They are fun stories giving children a real sense of Ireland, our people and places, without overloading them with facts.
I really like the children’s books by Peter Donnelly. They are fun stories giving children a real sense of Ireland, our people and places, without overloading them with facts.

Lauren

Name: Lauren Cleary

What I do in the museum: I am part of the museum management team, I oversee the day to day running of the museum. 

Favourite Artefact: The treaty of the plenipotentiaries because it represents such a pivotal time in Irish history.

Favourite thing to do in Dublin: To go to a show in the Gaiety Theatre. It is such a fabulous venue filled with so much history. Definitely a must-do in Dublin!

My recommendations

the Raw Dublin Honey. Not only is it a delicious product, the Dublin Honey Bee Project recognises the need to support the native Irish Honey bee and the wider urban environment. This is a cause that is so important and I am proud to be a supporter of it.
the Raw Dublin Honey. Not only is it a delicious product, the Dublin Honey Bee Project recognises the need to support the native Irish Honey bee and the wider urban environment. This is a cause that is so important and I am proud to be a supporter of it.

Mark

Name: Mark McKenna

What I do in the museum: Tour Guide

Favourite Artefact: The scale model of Clery’s Department Store. Clery’s was an important place in a lot of Dubliner’s lives. When we were kids we went to visit Santa there. If we behaved when our mammies brought us to shop there then we might be treated to a meal or snack in the restaurant upstairs. The coin canisters going through the pipes were an endless source of cheap amusement for us kids. As we got older it was a handy (and infamous) meeting point for first dates (and even second and third ones). Older generations of Dubliners went to dance in Clery’s Ballroom. (In fact, it was lucky that the Nelson’s Pillar bomb went off at the time it did, thus missing the crowds coming out of Clery’s Ballroom later that night).

Favourite thing to do in Dublin: A walk along the canal from Portobello to Baggot Street Bridge (and beyond).

My recommendations

If there is a Flann O'Brien or Myles na gCopaleen book on the shelves. I like to read passages from it to some of the browsers if I get a chance.
If there is a Flann O’Brien or Myles na gCopaleen book on the shelves. I like to read passages from it to some of the browsers if I get a chance.

Marissa

Name: Marissa Wyll

What I do in the museum: As Oscar Wilde Fellow, I oversee the performance aspects of the museum.  This includes helping guides with their tours, performing tours, and assisting with the development of new tours and performances.

Favourite Artefact: The grip test in the treasury. I love that we have hands-on artefacts (see what I did there?) and I enjoy inviting guests to test their strength against this one.

Favourite thing to do in Dublin: A visit to the National Botanic Gardens.

My recommendations

The postcards. I have a lot of friends living internationally and I like to send them fun and unusual postcards. 
The postcards. I have a lot of friends living internationally and I like to send them fun and unusual postcards. 

Dara

Name: Dara Flynn

What I do in the museum: Head of Design. Tightener of screws. Solver of problems. To name a few things.

Favourite Artefact: The selection of Callcards. It reminds me of calling home to my family from a packed phonebox in the Gaeltacht in my teenage years.

Favourite thing to do in Dublin: I love to take pictures of wildlife. From my local cygnets to the seals at the end of Bull Island or on a trip over to Ireland’s Eye from Howth.

My recommendations

The Poolbeg Chimney mug. The Stacks can be divisive, but to me they are iconically Dublin.
The Poolbeg Chimney mug. The Stacks can be divisive, but to me they are iconically Dublin.

Trevor

Name: Trevor White

What I do in the museum: I founded the museum in 2011. These days, I try to give guided tours in French, to very bemused French people.

Favourite Artefact: I love our collection of tennis balls discarded by the dogs of Dun Laoghaire. It was put together by the artist Gary Coyle over a ten-year period.

Favourite thing to do in Dublin: Lunch in the Fumbally Café on a lazy Saturday afternoon.

Emma

Name: Emma Moohan

What I do in the museum:  I am a tour guide

Favourite Artefact: Currently, my favourite artefact at the museum resides in the “Animals of Dublin” exhibition. Assassin Flies!!! I love the fact that the Department of Health distributed leaflets with images of Flies standing upright and sporting cloaks and daggers. They look incredible.

Favourite thing to do in Dublin: Theatre/Gin/Cake (not necessarily in that order.)

Barbara

Name: Barbara Sangster

What I do in the museum:  Graphic Design. Every day is different, and I’ve never been bored.

Favourite Artefact: Lady Mary Heath’s scale airplane model – what a woman… get a guide to tell you why her 3 week journey took 3 months.

Favourite thing to do in Dublin: Explore new restaurants; Dublin doesn’t have the reputation of a foodie city, but it should.

My recommendations

Tiny Dublin Kit. What a great activity for a rainy day!
Tiny Dublin Kit. What a great activity for a rainy day!
Our Staff

A museum without great people is like history without its greatest actors. Our people make our museum, and help bring history to life.

Trevor White, Curator & Founder
Sarah Clancy, CEO
Dara Flynn, Head of Design
Noeleen Murphy, Head of Accounts & HR
Emmanuel Tubbiolo, Head of Guest Experience
Barbara Sangster, Designer
Lauren Cleary, Museum Manager
Amanda Esposito, Education Officer
Marissa Wyll, Acting Fellow
Benjamin Reilly, Acting Fellow

“One of my favourite attractions is the Little Museum of Dublin, a gem of a place housed in a beautiful Georgian townhouse on the north side of St Stephen’s Green, and filled with material and items, which tell a vivid story of twentieth-century Dublin. This is history at its most captivating and human.”

Sunday Telegraph