Glasnevin Cemetery was originally opened in 1832 by a great Liberator, Daniel O’Connell, as a place where people could bury their dead of all religions with dignity. Now a national monument it is a vital part of the Irish Heritage story.
The Glasnevin Museum opened in 2010 for people with an interest in Genealogy an Irish Heritage, but it’s also for people that have an interest in art and archaeology.
The Museum features a who’s who of modern Irish history including Daniel O’ Connell, Michael Collins, Charles Stewart Parnell, Éamon de Valera, Arthur Griffith, Countess Markievicz, Michael Cusack, Robert Erskine Childers, and Gerard Manley Hopkins. A guided tour of the Cemetery includes a trip to the crypt of Daniel O’Connell.
The 1,983 square metres (21,345 sq. ft.) Museum hosts three main feature exhibits:
The City of the Dead
An immersive exhibition in the basement of the Museum. It covers the burial practices and religious beliefs, as well as the meticulous record-keeping, of the 1.5 million people buried in Glasnevin.
The Milestone Gallery
A succession of special exhibitions on key historical figures, starting with Glasnevin’s founder Daniel O’Connell. It also houses ‘the Timeline’ – a ten-metre long digitally interactive table containing details of the lives and connections of hundreds of the most interesting people buried there.
The Prospect Gallery
This gallery offers a breathtaking panorama of the cemetery, along with information on its marvellous array of funerary monuments and historic graves.
The restaurant opens daily at 10am for breakfast, lunch and evening tea.
Glasnevin Trust Shop:
Sells books, gift items, historic memorabilia and also a selection of children’s toys.
Monday – Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday, Sundays and Bank Holidays 11am to 5pm
Combined Museum & Tour Ticket – €12 for adults, €8* for children/seniors/students, €6 School Groups
Includes a visit of the exhibitions in Glasnevin Museum as well as the walking tour of Glasnevin Cemetery. You will also receive €10 worth of credits to perform genealogy searches of the cemetery’s extensive records.