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EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
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Epic The Irish Emigration Museum is the dramatic 21st Century visitor experience telling the authentic and epic story of 10 million journeys and the roots of 70 million people, told with memorable style and passion.


EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum is a state-of-the-art interactive experience located in the beautiful vaults of the 1820 Custom House Quarter building in Dublin’s Docklands, the original departure point for so many of Ireland’s emigrants. It will inspire and guide you on a journey to discover the stories of Irish emigration around the world, from early times to the modern day.

Over the centuries, some 10 million people have left the island of Ireland. At EPIC you can step through 20 themed galleries to find out why people left, see how they influenced the world they found, and experience the connection between their descendants and Ireland today. Immerse yourself in the stories of some of the most remarkable tales of sacrifice, endurance, adventure, and discovery the world has ever known. EPIC brings these amazing stories to life in a unique and spectacular way.

EPIC is a recommended first stop for visitors to Ireland as it captures an authentic and widely encompassing picture of the history of Ireland and the Irish nation. It acts as a ‘jumping off’ point for visitors and locals alike, suggesting onward connections to other centres and museums where visitors can follow-up particular areas of interest in more detail.

Visitors begin their journey by receiving a stamped passport as they enter the exhibition. They will follow a path through the 20 remarkable galleries organised into four thematic groups:

Migration: an introduction to Ireland and the arrivals and departures that have shaped it

Motivation: why people left Ireland – the stories of adventure and tragedy

Influence: what Irish people did overseas, and the extraordinary influence they have had in their adopted homelands in politics, business, science, sport and the arts

Connection: where the Irish are now, and what they are doing in today’s highly connected world.
ey have had in their adopted homelands in politics, business, science, sport and the arts


Highlights include:
  • Dramatic, new state-of-the-art visitor experience opened in Dublin in 2016
  • The authentic story of Irish migration told for the first time
  • Located in the vaults of the historic CHQ building, which dates from 1820
  • Cutting edge technology designed by the award-winning team behind Titanic Belfast.
  • 21 remarkable galleries covering 4 thematic groups.

Visitor Information

Open Year Round 

Daily 10:00 - 17:00 (last admission is 17:00)

Contact Details

Epic Ireland – the Journey of a People
The chq Building, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1

T: +353 (0)1 531 3688


Closed: Closed December 24, 25 & 26.

Last admission: daily ay 17:00

Approx Visit Duration: 90 minutes and allow time to browse the shop or enjoy refreshments.

Admission Prices 2017

Adult: €14.00
Senior (aged 65+): €12.00
Student (with valid ID): €12.00
Child (aged 6-15): €7.00
Toddler(aged 0-5): Free

Booking advisable but not essential for non-groups

Group rates available for 10 or more people pre-booking

Other Useful Information

Audio guides available in English, German, French, Italian and Spanish. A charge applies. Pre-booked group tours in English, German, French, Italian and Spanish can also be arranged for a fee.

You have a choice of dining and refreshment options. There are a variety of coffee shops and eating options on site.

The EPIC Retail Store features a wide variety of gifts to suit all budget’s and tastes from the basic key-ring to jewellery designed by top Irish designers. Also includes clothing, skincare, fragrances, crystal and confectionery. Bespoke instore engraving also available for tailored gifts. Open 09:00 to 19:00, 7 days a week.

Pay-for parking available nearby. Designated coach drop off and pick up point near the entrance.

Fully wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets. 

Group catered for and group rates available (minimum 10 people). Pre-booking required. 

Free Wi-Fi available throughout the building.

Map Location

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum is located in Dublin City in the vaults of The chq Building which is an 8 minute walk from O’Connell Street and 10 minutes from Trinity College. Easy access from Dart, 3 minutes from Connolly Station, and the Luas red line stops at the north entrance to building. 

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