There are plenty of museums in Dublin, but none quite as unique as the National Leprechaun Museum. It’s emphasis on fun and folklore over fact and history makes it a special experience that visitors rave about after taking a tour.
It’s Like Nothing Else
Instead of fine art and detailed descriptions of historical events, at this museum you’ll find oversized furniture and depictions of fairy-tale creatures of all kinds.
Leprechauns take centre stage, for sure, but there are displays dedicated to banshees, fairies, púca and more.
There is tons of leprechaun folklore to learn about here, and it is covered in a series of rooms, each one with its own stories to tell. Each of the rooms is a set piece, and the tour guide will regale the visitors with stories as they go through each one, bringing the world of leprechauns to life.
Even the pop culture history of leprechauns is covered in the museum. It’s not just centred on Irish folklore. Film and book adaptations of the tales are detailed, and the entire affair ends in a gift and souvenir shop for visitors to take home a token of their experience.
While the museum is typically kid friendly, kids under 6 will not be allowed. For special tours on Friday and Saturday nights, admittance is limited to those 18 years and up. The experience takes on a decidedly more adult tone then, and visitors need to know what kind experience they are in for before they just go to the museum for a visit.
What to Know before Visiting the Museum
The museum is located near the corner of Jervis St. and Abby Street Upper, across from Ulster Bank. The typical tour only takes 45 minutes and is only in English. It costs anywhere from €10-16, and the museum is open every day from 10 am to 6:30 pm.
The Friday and Saturday evening tour takes about 60 minutes and costs €18. Large groups may need to book in advance to ensure they are accommodated. The museum is closed on all public holidays and visitors should always call in advance to make sure the museum is open when they want to visit before planning their trip.
This is definitely a light-hearted and completely not a serious experience, and visitors should adjust their expectations accordingly. There is no serious history here, and the guides tend to joke a lot, making for a very different tour than what most people expect from a museum.
Visitors are encouraged to bring their kids, so long as they can handle some slightly scary anecdotes here and there.
The unique setting and oversized furniture makes for some great photo opportunities, and visitors are encouraged to stop and make the most of the colourful surroundings to create memories that will stick with them for a lifetime.
There really is nothing else quite like the National Leprechaun Museum, and it should be a stop on any eclectic tour of Dublin.