Click here to visit our pop-up museum while the main building is closed for renovations.

Location

Location

Situated at 33 Lower Pembroke Street, a five-minute walk from the Little Museum, our new pop-up museum and shop is the place to go for a real Irish welcome and delightful souvenirs.

Visit the Little Museum

If you want an introduction to the history, humour and hospitality of Dublin, visit our new pop-up museum and shop. Your ticket includes a place on our famous guided tour.

The pop-up museum and shop is open from 9am–5pm seven days a week. Admission is strictly limited, so book your place in history today.

Described as “Dublin’s best museum experience” by The Irish Times, we are the number one museum in Ireland on TripAdvisor. A brilliant new addition to the cultural map of Ireland, our famous guided tours reveal the history of a city that has undergone remarkable changes in the last 100 years, from the visit of Queen Victoria to the global success of U2.

To buy your tickets, just click here.

If you are interested in lending or donating an item of interest to the Little Museum, detailed information on our collections policy, conservation policy and sample legal documentation can be accessed through the Policies section of our site.

what you’ll find

when you come inside

Click on the locations within the Museum to find out more about our Collections
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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Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Little Museum open?

No! The Little Museum main building is currently closed for renovations. But our new pop-up museum and shop is open at 33 Lower Pembroke Street, a five-minute walk from the Little Museum. Visit us today for a back-stage experience that you’ll never forget.

What can I expect to see in the pop-up Little Museum and shop?

You’ll see the highlights of our collection and meet some of the friendliest people in Ireland. Your ticket includes a hilarious welcome to Dublin and a copy of our famous Big Little Treasure Hunt of St Stephen’s Green. You can also book our new walking tour of Georgian Dublin.

Is the Little Museum pop-up and shop open today?

Yes! We are open every day from 9am to 5pm. We offer our Famous Dublin Welcome on the hour, every hour, until 4pm. Last entry to the Little Museum pop-up and shop is at 4pm sharp.

Should I book ahead?

Yes. The Little Museum pop-up and shop are small. Very small. Our Famous Dublin Welcome and walking tours sell out quickly. To guarantee admission, book your ticket now by clicking here.

How much does it cost to visit the Little Museum pop-up and shop?

Our Famous Dublin Welcome is €15. Your ticket includes a historical, humorous and hospitable welcome to Dublin, and a copy of our Big Little Treasure Hunt of St Stephen’s Green. Senior citizens and students pay €13. Families (two adults and up to three children) pay just €35. For tickets, click here.

Is the Little Museum pop-up and shop suitable for children?

Yes! Our Famous Dublin Welcome is a treat for visitors of all ages. We particularly like to involve younger guests in helping us to explore Dublin’s fascinating history.

Where is the Little Museum pop-up and shop?

We are located at 33 Lower Pembroke Street, a five-minute walk from the Little Museum main building.

There is a DoDublin bus stop just outside, and we are a ten-minute walk from the Book of Kells.

 

 

Is the Little Museum pop-up and shop wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the Little Museum pop-up and shop is accessible at ground level, and the bathroom is wheelchair accessible.

Is there a café?

No, but there are some great cafés and restaurants beside us, including Matt the Thresher and Bear Market on Pembroke Street, and Coffeeangel on Merrion Row. If you show them your museum receipt, you’ll get a 10% discount on tea and coffee.

Is there parking?

On-street public parking is available but limited. There are disability parking spaces on Fitzwilliam Square South.

Does public transport serve the Little Museum pop-up and shop?

Yes, Dublin Bus (Stop 785) routes 37, 38, 38A, 39, 39A and 70 stop directly outside the Little Museum pop-up and shop. The Green DoDublin hop-on, hop-off bus stops nearby on Merrion Street Upper (Stop 6), while the Red Route BigBus stops right outside (Stop 6).

Can I book a Famous Dublin Welcome for a private group?

Yes. Please contact hello@littlemuseum.ie with your booking request including the number of guests, your preferred time and date. We will do our best to accommodate you.

Is the Walk of Shame an outdoor experience?

Yes. Please expect a lot of Irish weather! Dress appropriately.

What if I’m running late?

If you are going to be late, please ring reception on (01) 661 1000 and we will do our best to accommodate you.

I have a DoDublin bus ticket, how do I get free admission to the Little Museum pop-up and shop?

Please ask your bus driver to print your free ticket to the Little Museum pop-up and shop. Unfortunately, without that ticket from your driver, you cannot visit the Little Museum pop-up.

Can I book in advance with my DoDublin bus ticket?

No. Unfortunately, it is not possible to book in advance using the free DoDublin bus ticket. However, we will do our best to accommodate you as quickly as possible.

Do I have to book the Big Little Treasure Hunt for a particular time slot?

No. When you arrive for your Famous Dublin Welcome we will provide you with all you need to start the Big Little Treasure Hunt.

Are there discounts for large groups?

Yes! Call the team on (01) 6611000 to arrange your Famous Dublin Welcome.

Can I hold a private event at the Little Museum pop-up?

For events enquiries, please email hello@littlemuseum.ie with your date and requirements.

Is there a place to leave my bag?

No. Unfortunately, we don’t have a cloakroom in the Little Museum pop-up and shop. 

I want to donate something to the museum.

Please email a photograph of the artefact to our curator, trevor@littlemuseum.ie. Please do not bring the item into the museum unless we ask you to do so.

Anything else?

Yes. The museum is a registered charity. We depend on the support of people like yourself to survive. If you want to support our work, visit us today, or make a donation here.