The legendary Irish band is set to build their own exhibition center in Dublin, which could possibly be one of Ireland’s number one tourist spots.
The center, which will be located at No. 15-18 Hanover Quay, will host a wide variety of U2 memorabilia and items from their decades-long career in the music industry. This will be the same site as the current recording studio, where countless famous albums from the Irish rockers were made.
According to the Independent, the space will feature a reconstructed original recording studio, as well as areas for exhibits, an auditorium, and a place to get food. U2 purchased the location from the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) for around $520,000 (€450,000) in 2014.
Initially, the DDDA had made the band sell their old riverfront studio to them back in 2002, which was supposed to allow a public development project regarding the Grand Canal Harbor area.
This new U2 museum will be right next to a 20 bedroom boutique hotel that their close friend and property developer, Harry Crosbie, plans to build where his current home is at the moment. It will be called ‘Number 9’ and is said will have great views overlooking the River Liffey.
For over 27 years, U2 have been visiting Harry’s home and soon discovered during that time that his 18th-century warehouse space next door was perfect for recording and rehearsing, hence they bought it off him.
Crosbie, who has helped in revitalizing Dublin’s Docklands neighborhood, also restored The Clarence Hotel with the band and has announced he seeks to build a major development at his Vicar Street site.