There are three exhibitions in Dublinia where you will see Dublin city from a new perspective. Come away knowing more about the citizens of Dublin throughout the ages and share in their experiences.
These exhibitions based on Dublin allow the visitor to interact with the exhibition itself allowing all ages to engage, learn and share.
Viking Dublin Exhibition
Go back to Viking times in Dublin! See for yourself what life was like onboard a Vikingwarship. Learn of their long and challenging voyages, their weaponry and the skills of being a Viking warrior. Try on Viking clothes, become a slave (watch those heavy chains) and stroll down a noisy street. Visit a smokey and cramped Viking house, learn the Viking runic alphabet and hear their poetry and sagas. Enjoy the myths and learn of the mysteries surrounding the Vikings and their legacy.
Medieval Dublin Exhibition
Travel back to medieval Dublin! From Strongbow to the Reformation we recreate the sights, sounds and smells of this busy city. Learn of warfare, crime and punishment, death and disease and even toothache remedies of 700 years ago. See the city as it would have looked then. Enjoy the spicy aromas; learn to play medieval games and so much more when you visit our medieval fair. Visit a rich merchant’s kitchen and walk along a bustling medieval street ‘ don’t forget to give the beggar some of your change.
History Hunters Exhibition
See how the History Hunters dig deep to uncover Dublin’s past! Learn how archaeology works with history and science to piece together the jigsaws of our ancestor’s lives and lifestyles. See genuine Viking and Medieval artefacts including those of a medieval skeleton, found in Dublin (courtesy of the National Museum of Ireland). Hear the languages of old Dublin and explore the city’s earliest maps. Visit the lab and learn how bugs and dirt can be the history hunter’s gold, finish the tour with the Time Detectives and test your new found knowledge.
St Michael’s Tower
Dublinia’s late seventeenth century viewing tower belonged to the church of St Michael the Archangel, which once stood at the site now occupied by Dublinia, the Synod Hall. This medieval tower has 96 steps leading to a panoramic view of Dublin. Access to the viewing tower is weather permitting.
St Michael’s Tower will be closed for renovation works from July.
With your combined option ticket you can journey through 1000 years of worship and history in the heart of medieval Dublin. Highlights include the medieval crypt, which extends under the entire cathedral, the alleged tomb of Strongbow, the medieval reliquary said to contain the heart of St. Lawrence O’Toole, patron saint of Dublin. The amazing architectural features and stone carving from the 12th century, and the leaning wall of Dublin complete your visit.