The Dublin Writers Museum is located in an original 18th century Georgian house and accommodates the museum rooms and a library. In the annex there is a coffee shop, a book shop and exhibition rooms for temporary exhibitions and readings.
The museum was established to promote the life and works of Irish authors and the history of Irish literature. It is an excellent little museum for lovers of Irish literature and was opened in 1991 as a celebration of literary Dublin.
Room 1 of the museum explains the history up to the 19th century whereas Room 2 is devoted to the authors of the 20th century. Still living writers are not included in the museum.
The most famous writers featured in the museum are James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw, William Butler Yeats, Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift and Samuel Beckett among others. All authors listed in the museum have made an important contribution to Irish literature and also include four Nobel Prize winners.
They are presented through their books, from "Gulliver's travels" to "Ulysses" and "Waiting for Godot". On the walls are pictures of Irish writers with other items as original letters, pens, typewriters, pipes, phones und curiosities as Lady Gregory's lorgnette, Austin Clarke's desk, Mary Lavin's teddy bear and Brendan Behan's union card.
The association of the Dublin Writers Museum with the Irish Writers' Centre next door provides a link with living writers and the international literary scene.
Dublin is famous as a city of writers and literature, and the Dublin Writers Museum is an essential visit for anyone who wants to discover, explore or simply enjoy Dublin's immense literary heritage.
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