Ever wanted a chance to put your head in the stocks? Dublin's Medieval Trust has set up an entertaining and informative reconstruction of everyday life in medieval Dublin. The main exhibits use high-tech audiovisual and computer displays; you can also see a scale model of what Dublin was like around 1500, a medieval maze, a life-size reconstruction based on the 13th-century dockside at Wood Quay, and a fine view from the tower. Dublinia is in the old Synod Hall (formerly
a meeting place for bishops of the Church of Ireland), joined via a covered stonework Victorian bridge to Christ Church Cathedral. An exhibition on "Viking Dublin" consists of a similar reconstruction of life in even earlier Viking Dublin, including a Viking burial. An exhibition called "History Hunters" puts you in the role of archaeologist with interactive digs and a lab to test your newfound knowledge. There's a guided tour at 2:30 pm every day.
St. Michael's Hill, Dublin, Co. Dublin, Dublin 8, Ireland
Nov 11, 2008
This is an interactive type museum with exhibits showing Dublin history, mostly concentrating on the Medieval era. Probably best for kids, it's kind of wax-museum tacky, but passably informative. Less essential then other sights in the city.
Oct 13, 2007
This is an excellent introductio Dublin in the Middle Ages. The displays relating to the archaelogical dig on the nearby Wood Quay area are particularly fascinating.