Lonely Planet Writer

It'll be a beautiful day if a museum dedicated to Irish rock band U2 gets the go-ahead in Dublin

The Irish band U2 is one of the best-selling music acts in history and one of the most popular bands worldwide, drawing thousands of fans each time to its international stadium gigs. It stands to reason therefore that if plans for a proposed U2 museum on the site of the band’s old recording studios in Dublin goes ahead, it is bound to become a huge visitor attraction for the city.

U2 perform at Stade de France. Paris, in July 2017. Image: David Wolff - Patrick/Redferns
U2 perform at Stade de France. Paris, in July 2017. Image: David Wolff – Patrick/Redferns

According to a report in the Irish Times, a planning application for the museum is due to be lodged imminently and designs have already been drawn up. It is expected that the outcome is likely to be favourable as the Irish planning authority, An Bord Pleanála, previously said that the studios were part of the cultural heritage of the area and “should be celebrated with new innovative tourism offering.”

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As it currently stands, there is a permanent, fan-curated U2 exhibition at the Little Museum of Dublin, which charts the story of the band over the past 41 years since it formed in 1976. The new offering will be on a much greater scale, as it will be housed in a four-storey museum. It will be centred around U2’s extensive archive and fascinating history, and will include artefacts covering its international success story.

U2 after winning a Golden Globe in 2014. Image: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images
U2 after winning a Golden Globe in 2014. Image: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

The U2 museum will be located in a cantilevered building jutting out over the River Liffey in Dublin, adjacent to where the original Windmill Lane studios were located. Many of U2’s most famous songs were recorded there. In 2002, the Dublin Docklands Development Authority bought the building and attempted to level it, but the Irish rockers bought it back in 2014 for €450,000.