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The little museum

the little museum is one of the great museum in dublin you can visit to buy ticket. plz vote our museum.

discover the best small museum in Ireland.

1What are the opening hours? We open seven days a week 1 from 9.30am until 5pm.
Last entrance is at 4.45pm. Our final guided 1 tour begins at 5pm and ends at 5.30pm. On 1 Thursdays we stay open until 8pm.

Where 1 is the museum? 15 St 1 Stephen’s Green, on the north side 1 of the square, near the corner 1 of Dawson Street. We 1 are a two minute 1 walk from the top 1 of Grafton Street.

1 How much does it 1 cost? Admission is 1 €8. Senior citizens and 1 students pay €6. The museum is 1 small and our tours 1 are often full. To avoid 1 disappointment, buy 1 your tickets now 1 by clicking here.

Can 1 I buy tickets 1 at the door? Yes, but 1 most tours sell 1 out. To avoid disappointment 1 buy your tickets online.

Is the museum suitable 1 for children? Absolutely! Children 1 love the museum. We have 1 worksheets for kids of all 1 ages and there are lots of fun things to do throughout 1 the building.

Do I have 1 to take a guided 1 tour? Yes, admission 1 to the museum 1 is by guided tour. Our famous 1 guided tours start on the hour, every hour. The tour is included 1 in the price of your ticket.

What if I 1 don’t want to take 1 a guided tour? Become 1 a member of the museum. Members 1 are entitled to wander 1 around the museum 1 without going on a guided tour.

Is the 1 museum wheelchair accessible? Not 1 at the moment. The museum 1 is housed in an old Georgian building. While 1 assistance is available for visitors with wheelchairs, we are 1 fundraising to create universal access.

Are there discounts for groups? Yes.

How 1 can I arrange a school tour of the 1 museum? To arrange a class visit, just 1 click here.

Is 1 photography allowed in the 1 museum? Yes, snap away. And while you’re at it, please 1 tag us on Instagram littlemuseumofdublin or 1 Twitter @dublinmuseum.

1 Is there parking? No. But there 1 is on-street parking on St Stephen’s Green and 1 a public car park in the Fitzwilliam 1 Hotel on the west side of the Green.

Is there 1 a place to eat in the museum? Yes. 1 All our visitors enjoy a 10% discount in Hatch & Sons, 1 the acclaimed Irish restaurant in the basement of the 1 museum.

Can I see a temporary exhibition without going on a guided tour? Yes, if you’re a Member of the museum. Members enjoy unlimited 1 admission all year round.

How 1 little is the museum? It’s not so 1 little anymore.  We have three 1 exhibition spaces over three floors, with 1 over 5,000 items on display.  Come and see 1 what the fuss is about today!

Can I hold 1 a private event at the museum? 1 Yes, the museum 1 makes a perfect venue for events of all sizes.  For 1 more information, please visit our venue 1 hire page.

Is 1 there a place to leave my bag 1 when I visit the museum? Yes, we 1 have a cloakroom. You can leave 1 coats, bags, umbrellas and buggies – at your own 1 risk.

I want 1 to donate something to 1 the museum. What should I do? Please 1 send a photograph of the item to bureau 1 Please do not bring it into the museum unless 1 we ask you to do so. 

Kilmainham Gaol museum 1




Kilmainham 1 Gaol is one of the largest unoccupied gaols 1 in Europe, covering some of 1 the most heroic and tragic 1 events in Ireland’s emergence 1 as a modern nation from 1 1780s to the 1920s. Attractions include a 1 major exhibition detailing the 1 political and penal history of the prison and its restoration. 1 The tour of the prison includes an 1 audio-visual show. Tours may be arranged 1 for visitors with special needs by prior 1 arrangement.


3.5km from centre of Dublin.1

Public Transport: 1

Dublin Bus Route(s):1

No. 69 & 79 from Aston Quay Dublin 21
No 13 & 40 from 1 O’Connell St. Dublin 1 or College Green Dublin 21

Guided Tours:1

Access to Kilmainham Gaol by Guided Tour Only1
All groups over 10 people must be booked in advance (maximum 35 people in a Group) 1

Duration: 60 minutes 1

From the 1790s onwards, freedom1
from British rule, as 1 a republic, became1
the form of political independence 1
favoured by radical Irish nationalists. 1
More moderate nationalists aspired1
to ‘Home Rule’, or constitutional 1
independence for Ireland within the 1
British Empire. A remarkable number of 1
the leading figures of Irish nationalism  11
were imprisoned at Kilmainham Gaol, 1
and some were executed here.1
But there is much more to Kilmainham’s 1
story: the gaol functioned for most of 1
its life as an ordinary prison, and the 1
fate of ordinary men, women and 1
children as convicts is a compelling 1
story in its own right. 1

The 18th Century 1

When Kilmainham Gaol opened in 1
1796, it was one of the most modern1
prisons in Ireland. The rectangular west 1
wing of the Gaol dates from this period. 1
In the early years, debtors comprised 1
over half the prison population. 1
Others were detained for begging, 1
stealing, assault, prostitution and 1
drunkenness. Conditions were harsh. 1
For the first fifty years the building 1
had no glass in the windows and no 1
lighting. Prisoners were allowed one 1
small candle every two weeks. Bread, 1
milk, oatmeal and soup were among1
the food listed on diet sheets. 1
The United Irishmen (1798) 1
The first political prisoner of note, 1
Henry Joy McCracken, a founder of the 1
United Irishmen, was detained on 11th 1
October 1796. He was later hanged for 1
his part in the rebellion of 1798. The 1
United Irishmen were inspired by the 1
French Revolution and Thomas Paine’s 1
The Rights of Man. Their goal was to 1
make Ireland into a republic. 1

The 19th Century 1

In 1803, another United Irishman, 1
Robert Emmet, led a brief rising in 1
Dublin. Awaiting trial for treason, he 1
was imprisoned in Kilmainham along 1
with his housekeeper, Anne Devlin. 1
Emmet was found guilty of treason 1
and was publicly executed in Thomas 1
Street in September 1803. Anne 1
remained in the Gaol until 1805. 1

The Civil War (1922-24) 1

In June 1921 the six county state of 1
Northern Ireland came into being. 1
Following negotiations, the Anglo-Irish 1
Treaty was signed on 6th December 1
1921. This provided for the setting up 1
of a twenty-six county Irish Free State. 1
Bitter disagreement over whether to 1
accept the Treaty split Sinn Fein. The1
main subject of disagreement was a 1
condition in the Treaty obliging all 1
members of the Free State Parliament 1
swearing an oath of allegiance to the 1
British monarch who would remain 1
Head of State. This proved unacceptable 1
to Eamon de Valera and those republicans 1
who followed him. The pro-Treaty, or 1
Free State, side took the more pragmatic 1
view that although not perfect, the 1
Treaty gave them “the freedom to 1
achieve freedom”. The anti-Treaty or 1
Republican side felt anything short of 1
an Irish Republic was a betrayal of their 1
cause and of those who had fought 1
and died for Irish independence. The 1
tensions eventually erupted in civil war 1
in June 1922. Kilmainham Gaol was taken 1
over by the Free State Army. Of seventyseven 1
Republicans to be executed by the 1
Free State Government during the Civil 1
war, the first four took place close to 1
where the leaders of 1916 had been shot. 1
From February to September 1923, 1
Kilmainham housed over 300 women 1
and girls aged between twelve and 1
seventy. The Civil War eventually came 1
to an end and its very last prisoner, 1
Eamon de Valera, later Taoiseach 1
(Prime Minister) and President of Ireland, 1
was released from the Gaol in 1924. 1
Abandonment and Restoration 1
After a period of neglect, the voluntary 1
Kilmainham Gaol Restoration Committee 1
was established in 1960 to preserve the 1
Gaol as a monument of Irish nationalism. 1
The voluntary work lasted for almost 1
thirty years until the Gaol was handed 1
over to the State in 1986. Today 1
Kilmainham Gaol receives visitors  1
from all over the world. 

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