National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology
The mother of Irish museums and the country’s most important cultural institution was established in 1977 as the primary repository of...
All the big decisions are made – or rubber-stamped – at Oireachtas Éireann (Irish Parliament). It was built by Richard Cassels in the...
Museum of Natural History
Dusty, weird and utterly compelling, this window into Victorian times has barely changed since Scottish explorer Dr David Livingstone...
Locally sourced fish and shellfish are the main draw at this elegant little restaurant; the other is the relatively small menu, which...
Kildare St · interesting places nearby
National Library information
Suitably sedate and elegant, the National Library was built from 1884 to 1890 by Sir Thomas Newenham Deane, at the same time and to a similar design as the National Museum. Its extensive collection has many valuable early manuscripts, first editions and maps.
Parts of the library are open to the public, including the domed reading room where Stephen Dedalus expounded his views on Shakespeare in Ulysses . For those prints that are worth a thousand words, you’ll have to head down to Temple Bar to the National Photographic Archive extension of the library. There’s a Genealogy Advisory Service on the 2nd floor, where you can obtain free information on how best to trace your Irish roots.