A new addition to Dublin’s list of cultural attractions opened its doors on Friday. The Little Museum of Dublin presents the social, cultural, and political history of the city in the 20th century.
The museum’s collection was completed with the help of ordinary Dubliners, who loaned or donated many of the exhibits on display.
Over a six-month period, people of the city donated over 400 artifacts, which now adorn the walls of the Georgian town house.
“We’re immensely grateful, it really is a people’s museum,” said the museum’s director, Trevor White.
“We believe that every great city deserves a museum of its own and we felt that there was a gap here.”
Mr. White led the first visitors on guided tours of the museum’s collection, which includes the lectern used by US president John F. Kennedy during his address to the Irish parliament in 1963, and the first English language copy of James Joyce’s Ulysses.
According to museum curator, Simon O’Connor, the museum’s founders sought to fill the gap left after the closure of the Dublin Civic Museum in 2003.
"When the civic museum closed, it was quite frankly a scandalous situation," he said.
"There's such a desire among normal Dubliners for this and we hope that they will take ownership and call the museum their own."
For more information visit the Little Museum's website here.