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EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

Winner Europe’s leading Tourist Attraction 2019

“EPIC has been voted Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction at the prestigious World Travel Awards, beating Buckingham Palace, the Roman Colosseum and the Eiffel Tower.”

You won’t find leprechauns or pots of gold at EPIC, but you’ll discover that what it means to be Irish expands far beyond the borders of Ireland through the stories of Irish emigrants who became scientists, politicians, poets, artists and even outlaws all over the world. Discover Ireland from the outside in and find out why saying “I’m Irish” is one of the biggest conversation starters, no matter where you are.”

EPIC is a modern museum in Dublin’s Docklands that tells the moving and unforgettable story of the 10 million Irish people who left their homeland – and how they influenced and shaped the world.

The world’s only fully digital museum features 1,500 years of Irish history in its atmospheric vaults.

Experience this breathtaking story in interactive galleries, with a feast of powerful audio and video bringing these one-of-a-kind tales to life.

Shortlisted for European Museum of the Year 2018, this top-rated, family-friendly attraction is an essential destination for everyone with an interest in Ireland’s people, culture and history.

Relive some of the greatest achievements in music, literature, sport, business, politics, fashion and science

July & August Events

Irish Educators Abroad: Building Something Wonderful, June-September 2019
Time: 10am – 5pm    
Cost: FREE
This exhibition reflects on the role and influence of Irish educators across the globe over the centuries and highlights Ireland’s long history of exporting male and female educators to work with communities all over the world – a tradition that continues today.

Summer Sessions: Art & Craft Dock at EPIC and the IFHC
Date: Wednesdays 3 July - 21 August
Time: 10:00am & 12:00pm
Cost: €8
Every Wednesday this July and August, EPIC and the Irish Family History Centre will be using arts, crafts and games to explore some of the museum’s most curious characters. In these workshops, we’ll be going on adventures from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of the galaxy – but all you need is your imagination to tag along!
Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times during the event.

Tiny Tots Tuesday: ChatterKids!
Date: 13 August
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Cost: €12
We are delighted to once again join forces with the Gaiety School of Acting to present a sensational Summer-themed Parent and Toddler Theatre class!
Our immersive hour long workshop is led by a facilitator with years of experience in acting and theatre. In this workshop, we will be taking you all on an EPIC adventure, from the deep depths of our imagination to the realms of impossibility and adventure! Combining elements of storytelling, books and art, the class will provide parents and children with a fun space to engage, bond and experiment with drama and performance in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
This event is suitable for children aged 18 months – 3 Years.
Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times during the event.

Brendan Fay: Irish LGBT Activism in the USA
Date: 17 August
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost: €2.50
Brendan Fay, co-founder of the Lavender and Green movement has fought tirelessly for LGBT inclusion in the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade since 1994. Join us as he explores the roles Irish emigrants and those of Irish descent have played in campaigning for LGBT recognition in the United States.

War, Plague, Occupation and Evangelism – 45 years as an Irish Presbyterian
Date: 22 August
Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm  
Cost: €5.68
Join us here at EPIC as Mark O’Neill describes the extraordinary life of his grandfather, an Irish Presbyterian missionary in Manchuria from 1897 to 1942.
For two years, Reverend Fredrick O’Neill served Chinese workers sent to France to help the Allied armies in the First World War. The Boxer Uprising, a pneumonic plague that killed 60,000 people, the Russo-Japanese war and the Japanese occupation of Manchuria, O’Neill lived through it all.

‘Around the World with Nellie Bly’ Gaming Day
Date: 24 August
Time: 10:00am, 1:00pm, 4:00pm
Cost: FREE
Ever dreamt of travelling the world? As part of National Heritage Week, follow in the footsteps of the many Irish emigrants we feature in EPIC without stepping a toe out of Ireland in this interactive gaming session, where the floor is the board and you are the games piece!
We have different sessions for all ages:
10am – 12pm: Primary level (Under 12s)
1 – 3pm: Secondary level (12 – 17 years old)
4 – 6pm: Adults (18+)
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Among TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Things to Do in Dublin, National Geographic Travel describe it as “Simply too good of a story to miss”. EPIC also houses the Irish Family History Centre, with a team of genealogy experts to help visitors uncover their Irish roots.


  • Find out why Irish people travelled the globe over the centuries
  • Uncover hundreds of stories of adventure, adversity and triumph
  • Interact with the past in easy-to-use high-tech galleries
  • Stamp your very own souvenir EPIC passport as you travel     through Irish history
  • Send a digital postcard from Dublin
  • Connect with your ancestors at the Irish Family History Centre
  • Unlike any other museum experience


  • European Museum of the Year Award 2018  - Shortlisted
  • Children in Museums Award 2017 – Shortlisted - the only Irish museum selected for this prestigious European award.
  • TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards – Top 5 Irish Museums 


  • “Thought-provoking…I had never fully appreciated the Irish diaspora until my visit to this high-tech exhibit…an entertaining and educational experience” Travel writer Rick Steves.
  • Top 10 Things to Do in Dublin
  • “It’s simply too good of a story to miss”.  National Geographic Traveller
  • “Unmissable” Mirror

People of all ages enjoy the interactive nature of the museum, with kids particularly enjoying stamping the souvenir passport that you get upon entry.

EPIC offers a journey into Irish history, culture and people.  Some visitors claim that EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum was the best museum that they have ever visited!

The Irish Family History Centre is also located at EPIC offering a new exciting way to search for your Irish ancestors and discover your unique family story.

Uncover the mystery behind your family’s history and unearth your Irish roots in a most memorable way at the Irish Family History Centre.

  • 500m from O’Connell Bridge along the River Liffey
  • Wide range of eating options and gift shop on site
  • Book online to secure your preferred entry time
  • Audio guides available in four languages (French, Spanish, Italian & German)

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum Opening Times

  • Open 7 days a week, all year round
  • 10am to 6.45pm (last admission is at 5pm)

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum Admission Prices

  • Adult (18+) €16.50
  • Child (6-15) €8.00
  • Child (0-5) €0.00
  • Senior (65+) €15.00
  • Student (16+) €15.00
  • Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) (Save €9!) €40.00
  • Additional Child (with Family) €6.50
  • Family (2 Adults + 1 Child) (Save €5!) €36.00
  • Group (Group of 10+ ) €14.50
  • Senior Groups (Senior Group) €13.00


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