European Vacation – September 14/19 – Dublin (Part 11) – National Leprechaun Museum

What more can I say? Its a museum all about Leprechauns. Who could ask for anything more for their trip to Ireland? It is located at the corner of Jervis Street and Abbey Street Upper.

This is a privately owned museum, opened in 2010 and dedicated to Irish folklore and mythology through the oral tradition of story telling. The Irish Times calls it the Louvre of Leprechauns.

Wisdom was imparted on many of the basics of Leprechauns as follows:

  • leprechauns were usually dressed in brown, before Walt Disney’s visit to Ireland led to his 1959 film, Darby O’Gill and the Little People. Brown did not really photograph too well, so bright green was substituted and we have thought of them as green ever since.
  • references to pucas, fairies, banshees and more
  • oral storytelling is fading into the past, as the old myths are no longer passed down to younger generations
  • a discussion about Leprechauns and their pots of gold as well as their deviousness, when they were cornered.

Special effects included a tunnel which shrinks you to Leprecahun size as you enter a room full of giant furniture, a magic rainbow and pot of gold and a wooden replica of the Giant’s Causeway.

Each tour guide is a consummate storyteller, who leads you through the exhibits, disappearing and appearing as you move along. Admission is not cheap at 16 Euro (14 Euro for seniors) but it was a hoot and well worth it.

(Sources: Wikipedia, Museum website and our tour guide).

Without further ado, here are the pix:

Entrance hall with exhibits

Through the tunnel

A very blurry Giant’s Causeway. The light was crazy in this place, but I think it works for mythology.

In the land of Big Furniture

Mythical maps

Inside a Leprechaun’s house

Through the rainbow to the pot of gold

Bits and pieces of fun and the gift shop

As they say, this was time well wasted. No, I won’t tell you where I hid the gold.

14 thoughts on “European Vacation – September 14/19 – Dublin (Part 11) – National Leprechaun Museum

    1. Agreed. If it does not come on a screen, nobody is interested. I think they need to offer story telling sessions here and maybe even overnight sleep overs to build interest at a young age. Thanks for commenting Bernie. Allan

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    1. Hi Dee. Yes, Disney changed the world, when the brown did not photograph well. I think the whole dull brown thing in folklore was to explain how they could hide from sight so well from human sight. Thanks for reading. Allan

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