Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
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Glasnevin is Ireland's largest cemetery where over 1.5 million people are buried including icons such as Daniel O'Connell, Michael Collins, Charles Stewart Parnell, Maud Gonne, and Eamon DeValera. Currently listed in the top 3 Dublin attractions.
Since 1828, more than 1.5 million people have been interred in Glasnevin - rich and famous, paupers and politicians, artists, warriors and heroes, all resting side by side in this renowned Victorian Garden Cemetery. Established by Daniel O’Connell as a place where people of “all religions and none” could bury their dead with dignity; the cemetery has grown to become a national monument and is a vital part of the Irish Heritage story.
Both the award-winning museum and the guided tours chart the fascinating history of this hallowed place, telling the stories of grave diggers and grave robbers, cholera epidemics, and world wars.
Key to Glasnevin’s success is the popularity of the tour guides whose enthusiasm is compelling. Brimming with banter and charm each tour guide is passionate about sharing their love of heritage and history. No two tours are the same with each guide giving their own personal interpretation. There is inspiration around every corner and at every grave, and with one and a half million stories buried in Glasnevin, there’s no shortage of tales to tell. Visitors gain a heightened sense of understanding of Irish history, and a deeper appreciation of Glasnevin’s never forgotten residents.
Interactive exhibitions, re-enactments, lectures and daily walking tours visiting many of the renowned figures that shaped the country we live in today. A visit inside Daniel O’Connell’s Celtic Romantic designed Crypt and iconic tower, the tallest in Ireland, forms part of the tour.
Trace Your Ancestors: A genealogy research area, where access to the extensive online records can be accessed is a must for those researching their ancestry.
Shop: Visit the museum shop, home to a terrific collection of Irish crafts, jewellery, mementos, historical books, and other interesting gifts.
1916 Exhibition: The story of Glasnevin Cemetery and those buried here is central to the history of the 1916 Rebellion. The full significance of this will be further explored in the 1916 Rising Centenary Exhibition at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. The majority of those killed during the 1916 Easter Rising are buried in Glasnevin Cemetery. Here we hold the stories of those who participated in and witnessed this defining moment in Irish history, from Volunteers to Fusiliers and everyone in between. Our 1916 Rising exhibition includes objects, letters, photos and previously unseen material. We are also running a series of 1916 Rising Tours. The tours take place daily at 9am, 3pm and 4pm (advance booking is advised on www.glasnevincemetery.ie).
Tower Café: All our freshly made cakes, scones, salads and artisan sandwiches are prepared on a daily basis and what better way to end a visit to the museum with a fresh bite to eat, cup of coffee or a sweet treat.
Open daily 9:00-18:00 with tours at 09:30, 11:30, 13:30, 14:30 (re-enactment), 15:00 and 16:00 (extra tour at 12:30 on weekends) with two tour types - General History Tour and 1916 Rising Tour.