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Dublin Is Getting a James Joyce-Inspired Museum Dedicated to Irish Literature

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by Eben Diskin Sep 19, 2019

Fans of Irish literature are about to have a new favorite hangout. The Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI), is opening on September 20 in a gorgeous historic house on St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin.

MoLI will be dedicated to celebrating Ireland’s rich literary culture and heritage and will host literature-themed events like readings, writing workshops, performances, debates, and discussions. A free children’s program will establish this new cultural institution as a place of education.

The museum, inspired by one of Ireland’s greatest writers, James Joyce, will feature a variety of literary items from the National Library collections, like the first copy of James Joyce’s Ulysses and handwritten notes about the novel. A Joycean research library will also be available.

Visitors can expect to find a courtyard cafe and bookstore, contemporary artistic commissions, guided tours, and temporary exhibitions throughout the year. The museum will also have an original broadcasting studio, where interviews, readings, and discussions with writers, poets, and artists will be recorded and broadcast 24 hours all day on the museum’s digital radio.

MoLI will open on Friday, September 20, as part of Culture Night (from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM and free). The museum will officially open on Saturday, September 21, at 10:00 AM, with tickets priced at around $9 per person.

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