The Emigration Museum
The Emigration Museum

Dublin Museum Europe’s Top Attraction

A popular Dublin museum called EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum that documents the stories of millions of people who left the island of Ireland has been named Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction for the third year in a row.

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The museum beat out several well-known international attractions in the World Travel Awards, including the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum and Buckingham Palace.

The awards, now in their 28th year, are among the world's most prestigious.

They are recognized as the ultimate hallmark of travel industry excellence and are voted by travel and tourism professionals worldwide.

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About EPIC

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum is actually the world’s first fully digital tourist attraction.

It is located in Dublin’s Docklands, about a 10-minute walk from O’Connell Street.

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The CHQ Building in Dublin's Docklands as it looks today. Photo: Creative Commons,

It is housed in the historic CHQ Building, known originally as “Stack A” and constructed in 1820.

At the time, it was used as a customs warehouse for tobacco and wine.

In 1856, it was the venue for a large banquet to celebrate the return of 3,000 Irish soldiers from the Crimean War in Eastern Europe.

In the early 2000s, it was restored by the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA).

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What to See at EPIC The Emigration Museum

The museum, which aims to tell the story of over 10 million people who left the island of Ireland over a span of about 1,500 years, is made up of 20 immersive technology-driven galleries.

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A visitor uses one of the digital displays at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum in Dublin. Photo: Ros Kavanagh for Tourism Ireland.

They are themed under the categories of Migration (Galleries 1-2), Motivation (Galleries 4-7), Influence (Galleries 8-18), and Diaspora Today (Galleries 19-20).

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The exhibition galleries, which include over 330 individual stories of emigration drawn from across the globe, were designed by the same company that created the award-winning Titanic Belfast attraction.

Expect to spend at least a morning or an afternoon in this fantastic museum.

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A digital display at the EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum in Dublin. Photo: Ros Kavanagh for Tourism Ireland.

From Irish people’s missionary emigration to Scotland and mainland Europe in the 6th century to the later turbulent centuries when they were forced to emigrate due to penal servitude or hunger, the exhibitions illustrate a sweeping diaspora that has left its mark across the world.

Admission for adults (18-64) is €19.50 online/€22 the day of; seniors €17.50 online/€19.50 the day of; students €17 online/€19 the day of; teens (13-17) €13 online/€14.50 the day of; children aged 6-12 €10 online/€11 the day of, with children under 5 free. Family tickets are also available at various prices.

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