The Little Museum of Dublin does pretty much what it says on the tin. A ’boutique museum’ located on St. Stephen’s Green, it provides insight into the past 100 years of Dublin history in just a few rooms. A guided tour of 25 minutes is pretty essential to fully understand the depth of the collection, as few of the pieces are explained elsewhere.
The collection starts with the Victorian period, through to the present day. It focuses more on cultural than political history, although stories of Michael Collins, Eamon De Valera and more feature. The collection is fantastic, from a letter to a young boy written by Samuel Beckett, to the lectern used by JFK to deliver his speech to the Irish parliament a few months before his death.
The guide tells anecdotes of Dublin life, from the ban on Catholics in Trinity College, to the rivalry of the Gate and Abbey theatres. The story of the Georgian house where the museum is situated is woven in, from the sons of the family who died in the Great War, to the fighting outside its front door in 1916.
The ground floor is given over to temporary exhibitions, while the top floor is given over to U2 related paraphernalia.This leaves just two rooms on the first floor for the museum proper. On Wednesday afternoons and Tuesday evenings, the Museum is free but it’s well worth the price of the entry ticket to get a real insight into Dublin life.