The James Joyce Centre is one of Dublin's brightest hidden gems. Housed in a very historic house itself, this museum, is dedicated to the life and works of one of Ireland's biggest sons, I could go on all day about this place, and of course James Joyce, I am certainly struggling to fit it all in within 150 words so I will try and be brief. For just a very small admission fee you can spend as much or as little time here, and with their new audio tour guide that time just got a little longer. Not only can you research Joyce and his works but there are also events and lectures here, even Joyce walks can be enjoyed. Whether your a Joyce or a literary fan or maybe not, a visit to this great historic house has something to offer everyone. Oh! And there's a great tearoom across the road.
The James Joyce Centre
The James Joyce Centre is located in a beautifully restored Georgian townhouse on North Great George's Street. The building is based in an area with many Joycean landmarks, including Belvedere College where he went to school at the top of the street. The house also boasts a unique connection with Joyce through Professor Denis J. Maginni who operated a dancing academy here at the turn of the last century and who appears in the novel Ulysses.
The Centre houses a permanent interpretative exhibition which includes computer installations, room recreations, video documentaries, and other items relating to the life and work of Joyce. These include the front door to No. 7 Eccles Street, the home of Leopold and Molly Bloom, a copy of Joyce's death mask and the furniture from the apartment of Paul Leon where Joyce worked on his final novel Finnegans Wake.
The Centre also provides acclaimed walking tours of Joyce's Dublin, as well as hosting a free lecture series and other Joyce-related events throughout the year - in particular, the Bloomsday Festival on 16th June. Visit the Centre's website to find our more.