When are we Reopening?
The GPO Museum reopened to the public on Monday June 29th. In the interest of your safety and enjoyment, we have implemented some safety measures.
From Monday August 10th visitors will be required to wear face coverings within the GPO museum and gift shop.
We ask that you book in advance for a specific time and adhere to social distancing and sanitisation measures throughout your visit. We have sanitisation stations in various locations throughout the visitor experience; on arrival at admissions, entering the exhibition downstairs and other key points throughout. The exhibition uses visuals and touchscreens to convey the content. While the touchscreens will be cleaned regularly throughout the day we need you to sanitise before using them also. Face masks are required by those who book the Rebel Rising Tour. We are delighted to have been awarded the Failte Ireland Safety Charter. This is a further endorsement that we are committed to providing a safe and enjoyable environment for our visitors.
What to Expect from Your Visit
To help keep our visitors and team safe we have implemented some changes. We would appreciate your support by following the guidance below:
When You Arrive
- Before you arrive, please have your ticket ready to show our staff either on your phone or a printed copy.
- In order to maintain social distancing please arrive at the time confirmed.
- Visitors are required to wear face coverings.
- We ask that you go in one direction as indicated by arrows. Within the exhibition we have floor mats to indicate zones. Please be respectful of others as you journey through your visit.
- There is some seating throughout the exhibition, please respect social distancing when using this and be mindful of those around you that may need to rest. Seating is located on both downstairs and the upstairs level in the Commemoration Gallery overlooking the courtyard.
During Your Visit
- It is important that you do not attempt to leave the way that you are have entered. The exhibition flows through to upstairs from which you will exit. You do not need to go back through the start of the exhibition.
- To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. If you are showing any symptoms of the Coronavirus, or have been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit.
- Visitors who book the Rebel Rising tour are required to wear face masks on this tour.
- In the interest of your safety and to limit any potential spread of the Coronavirus, we will schedule cleaning throughout the day.
- You will see santisation stations throughout your visitor journey, please use these. It is very important that you sanitise before using the touchscreens.
General Visitor Information
- The Museum is fully accessible
- Photography is allowed for private, non-commercial use unless otherwise stated (however we would ask you to refrain from using flash photography).
- There are no storage facilities available at the GPO Museum so please limit the items that you bring with you.
- Our Cafe is currently closed to accommodate social distancing and in the interest of your safety.
- No food and drinks may be consumed within the Museum.
- Face masks are required to be worn by those participating in the Rebel Rising Tour.
What are the GPO Museum opening hours?
- GPO Museum is open 7 days a week; Mon-Sat: 10:00-17:30 ( last admission: 16:30) and Sun (incl. Bank Holidays) 12:00-17:30 ( last admission: 16:30)
How do I get there?
- GPO Museum is located on O’ Connell Street, in the heart of Dublin City Centre. It is served by all major public transport links – Dublin Bus, Luas CrossCity and Luas Red Line– and is within walking distance of Connolly DART Station.
How long is a tour of the GPO Museum?
- The GPO Museum is a self-guided experience. To make the most of your visit, we recommend that you spend at least 45 minutes in the space. However, please feel free to spend as long as you like.
Do I have to book in advance?
- Due to the current Government Covid - 19 restrictions, we need to restrict the number of people in the Museum at any time. We therefore ask that you book in advance to avoid disappointment. Book your tickets online through our website: www.gpowitnesshistory.ie . We also accept Dublin Pass and pre-paid Booking.com QR codes.
Is it wheelchair accessible?
- Our Museum is fully wheelchair accessible and there is seating throughout the space.
Can I take photos?
- Please feel free to take as many photos as you wish! Bear in mind, however, that we do have some very valuable artefacts that are sensitive to harsh light, so please turn the flash on your camera/phone off.
Is there a private guided tour?
- Although GPO Museum is a self-guided experience, groups can pre-book and request a private guided tour. Please note that these tours must be booked through our reservations department on: 061-711222
Does GPO Museum supply audio guides?
- Yes, we have audio guides available at no extra charge. The audio guides are available in English, Irish, German, Italian, French and Spanish.
- Due to Current restrictions and in the interest of your safety we ask that you bring your own headsets to use the audio guides.
Does GPO Museum have bag/luggage storage facilities?
- We do not have bag/luggage storage facilities.
Is there a car park nearby?
- The nearest car park to the GPO Museum is Best Carpark, Arnotts. If you present your GPO Museum ticket to the car park attendant, you can avail of €10 parking for the day. Also, just a 3-minute walk away is Q-Park, Clery’s, on Marlborough Street. Their daily rates can be viewed via the link: https://q-park.ie/en-gb/cities/dublin/clerys/
Is there coach parking nearby?
- The nearest coach parking bay is on Upper O’ Connell Street, outside the AIB Bank.
Is there a café in the GPO Museum?
- Our Cafe is currently closed however there are a variety of restaurants and cafes in the local area.
What is the Easter Rising?
- The 1916 Easter Rising was a rebellion that took place over 6 days. It was an attempt by Irish rebels to gain independence from Britain.
1916 Rising - facts about leaders
- There were 7 leaders of the Rising: Patrick Pearse, Eamonn Ceannt, Thomas MacDonagh, Joseph Plunkett, Thomas Clarke, Sean MacDiarmada and James Connolly.
1916 Rising - how it started
- The Easter Rising took over a year to plan. The 7 leaders decided to have the Rising in 1916, while Britain was busy fighting in the First World War. They thought that they would be successful, because Britain would not be focused on Ireland when they were fighting in the war.
Who was executed in the 1916 Rising?
- There were 16 people executed in total – 14 in Dublin, 1 in Cork and 1 in London. This included the 7 leaders.
Who signed the Proclamation?
- The 7 leaders signed the Proclamation.
Why did it happen?
- The Rising occurred because the leaders saw an opportunity to pursue their ideal vision for Ireland to be free from British rule.
What is the 1916 Proclamation about?
- The Proclamation is essentially a Declaration of Independence. It states that Ireland is an independent Republic and says that it will grant women the vote, religious equality and civil liberties.
What happened after?
- After the Rising, the War of Independence started, resulting in Civil War. Ireland was eventually declared and recognized as an independent Republic in 1949.
How many people died during the Rising?
- 485 people died in total.
When did the Irish War Of Independence happen and why?
- The War of Independence lasted from 1919-1921. It happened because Ireland was still part of the United Kingdom and there was still a British presence in the country. It ended in 1921 with the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, which split Ireland into two parts: the 26-county Irish Free State and the 6-county state of Northern Ireland, which still remains part of the United Kingdom.