Power of a Name Exhibition EPIC Museum
Power of a Name Exhibition EPIC Museum

What’s New at the EPIC Museum

A new exhibition about to go on display at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum in Dublin will examine the idea of borders and how in the 21st century, they can be found everywhere, “in the shadows of the walls being built all over the world, on the fingerprints of travelers and asylum seekers, or in the everyday lives of cross-border workers.”

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Titled Borders: Studying Margins to Question the World, the latest EPIC exhibition explains that unlike the previous fixed demarcation lines of years before, borders these days are changing and moving within time and space, emerging across diverse places that impact our individual and collective lives.

The exhibition will launch March 9th and remain in the museum until June 5th.

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The History of the EPIC Museum Building

The museum is located in the vaults of the CHQ building, constructed in 1820 and formally known as “Stack A.”

The CHQ Building in Dublin's Docklands as it looks today. Photo: Creative Commons, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/

The building was used to store containers of tobacco, tea, wine, and spirits.

At the time, the building had one of the largest single interior spaces in the city, measuring 8,000 square meters (over 86,000 square feet).

No wood was used in its construction. Instead, a cast-iron frame supported a slated roof.

It is also notable for hosting a large banquet in 1856 celebrating the return of 3,000 Irish soldiers from the Crimean War.

An image of soldiers in the 18th Irish Royal Regiment during the Crimean War. Photo: National Army Museum, Out of Copyright, https://collection.nam.ac.uk/detail.php?acc=1962-08-57-1

It is estimated that one-third of the over 100,000 men who served in that war were Irish, hence the grand celebration in Dublin at the time, known as the Crimean War Banquet.

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What You Will See at EPIC

In addition to this current exhibition at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, there's a lot to see in this award-winning museum, one of Dublin's more popular attractions.

This hands-on, interactive museum is hardly boring.

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

In fact, there are 20 interactive displays to explore that explain the migration patterns from Ireland, as early as 500 AD, religious missionary work, the Irish famine, criminal transportation, and more.

The “Influence” section alone at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum covers notable Irish immigrants in the world of business, sports, science, music, politics, dance and entertainment, art and fashion, food, and literature.

Have fun and learn a whole lot about the Irish emigration experience as you swipe through video galleries, take motion-censored quizzes, read emigrant letters, listen to audio from 100 years ago, and watch videos that bring it all to life.

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a large tunnel EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum in Dublin. Photo: Ros Kavanagh, EPIC Ireland CHQ Limited.

Opened in 2016, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum is apparently the only one of its kind to digitally retell, in full, a sweeping story like that of Irish emigration.

EPIC is open 7 days a week year-round, except from Dec. 24-26.

Tickets can be purchased on the EPIC website or at the attraction.

a purple light display EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
Photo: Tourism Ireland.

Admission for adults (18-64) is €19, seniors and students with a valid ID €17, teens (13-17) €12.50, children aged 6-12 €9.50, and children under 5 admitted free.

More information on pricing can be found here.

Read more: Dublin's Free Museums and Galleries

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