Get to Dublin’s Docklands and you’ll discover a relatively new, award winning, attraction in the city. Anyone who knows anything about Ireland knows that it has a long history of emigration right across the world.
The EPIC Irish Emigration Museum will give you an entertaining and sophisticated interactive experience with a myriad of information on why and where the Irish emigrated to all over the world. Learn how a small island on the periphery of Europe made a huge impression and impact on the world.
The museum brings you on a tour through Irish history and culture with stories from those who lived it and ensured Irish influence all over the world. As you enter the museum you receive a passport and then follow the journey throughout 20 galleries, all with a different theme.
Why did so many people leave? Well there are different reasons for that, but principally the Great Famine which occurred in Ireland from 1845-52. This was caused by a massive potato blight which hit the country. The Irish people were very reliant on the crop, and so the blight devastated every part of the island, particularly the west. The museum takes you through this sad time in Irelands history.
You will discover the legacy of these people leaving, what they and their descendants brought to other countries and how Irishness influenced the world.
Visitors may also explore their own Irish heritage through the genealogists based at the on-site Irish Family History Centre. Who knows, you could have a super famous relative somewhere!
The EPIC Irish Emigration Museum brings all these stories together in a remarkable way, unlike traditional museums. Adults and children alike will love this experience, there is something for everyone here.
Open daily from 10am. Last entry is 5pm, museum closes at 6:45pm. You can find out more and book tickets at epicchq.com