Treasures of the Museum Collection – No. 14

Hirschfeld Centre Plaque, 1979


Treasures of the Museum Collection – No. 14

Hirschfeld Centre Plaque, 1979

To celebrate LGBTQ+ history month, the treasure we are sharing this month is the Hirschfeld Centre plaque, which has been lent to the museum by the great Tonie Walsh.

On St. Patrick’s Day 1979, the Hirschfeld Centre opened at 10 Fownes Street in Temple Bar. The centre, named after German sexologist Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, was a social, cultural and political hub for Dublin’s gay and lesbian communities.

Then a dark, secluded part of Dublin, Fownes Street made it easier for people still in the closet to visit the Centre. The building included office space for political and counselling groups as well as spaces for socialising.

Unfortunately the Centre never quite recovered from a fire in 1987 and was sold for development in 1999.

Little Museum, Big Prize

The Little Museum has won the award for Best Tourism Experience in Dublin with over 100,000 visitors at the Irish Tourism Awards. 

The museum was proudly represented by our Deputy Director, Sarah Costigan and our Development Manager, Ruth Hanahoe. (That's Minister for Tourism Shane Ross TD, presenting the award to Sarah). This prestigious award speaks to the success of the museum, and it reflects the extraordinary work and commitment of our entire team, including our tour guides, our volunteers, our board members and our management. But the award also belongs to you!

Thank you to all of our visitors, members, friends and patrons, whose continued support has made the museum the amazing success that it is today.