Voted Europe's Leading Tourist Attraction three times in a row (World Travel Awards)

You won’t find leprechauns or pots of gold at EPIC, but you will discover what it means to be Irish expands far beyond the borders of Ireland through the stories of Irish emigrants who became scientists, politicians, poets, artists and even outlaws all over the world.

If you’re one of 70 million people worldwide who claim Irish heritage and ancestry, this museum will feel like the start of a homecoming, connecting you and your story to so many others.

Discover Ireland from the outside in and find out why saying “I’m Irish’ is one of the biggest conversation starters no matter where you are. EPIC tells the moving and unforgettable stories of those who left the island of Ireland, and how they influenced and shaped the world. EPIC embraces the past and the future with 1,500 years of Irish history and culture housed in its atmospheric vaults.

Experience this breathtaking story through twenty interactive galleries, complete with touch screens, motion sensor quizzes and a feast of powerful audio and video that bring Irish history to life. Watch characters from the past tell tales of adventure and perseverance, conflict and discovery, belief and community.

Explore Ireland’s Dark History At The Jeanie Johnston

The Jeanie Johnston tells the story of the thousands of people who fled the Famine and embarked on a treacherous voyage in the hope of a better life. Be transported back in time to join them on their gruelling journey. Learn about the ship’s history before going below deck to experience the cramped quarters where passengers spent most of their time. Learn about their grim voyage and what fate awaited them.

  • Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction three times in a row (World Travel Awards)
  • Travel back in time through 1,500 years of history
  • Interact with the past in easy-to-use high-tech galleries
  • Discover family-friendly exhibits full of entertainment and education
  • Stamp your very own EPIC passport as you move through Irish history
  • Connect with your ancestors at the Irish Family History Centre
  • Experience a new and exciting museum unlike any other!

Open Daily Year Round

Open 10:00-18:45h
Last entry is 17:00h

Closed: December 24, 25 & 26


Admission Rates Apply 

See website for admission prices. 


Useful Information

Check out the range of facilities, services, accessibility and other useful information.

LANGUAGES: Audio guides available in English, German, French, Italian and Spanish for an additional €1. Pre-booked group tours in English, German, French, Italian and Spanish can also be arranged for a fee.

DINING / REFRESHMENTS: The CHQ building offers a wide range of great cafes and restaurants.

SHOPPING: The EPIC Museum Gift Shop features a variety of gifts including unique Irish souvenirs, clothing, books, skincare, fragrances, confectionary and jewellery by Irish designers.

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

ACCESSIBILITY: Fully wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets.

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

WI-FI: Free Wi-Fi available throughout the building.


  • Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2019, 2020 & 2021
  • European Museum of the Year 2018 – Shortlisted
  • TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018
  • TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award 2017 – Top 5 Irish Museums
  • Children in Museums Award 2017 – Shortlisted – the only Irish museum selected for this prestigious European award
Getting There

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.

Public Transport
LUAS (Red): Georges Dock
DART: Connolly Station/Tara Street Station
BUS: See

Map Location: 53.348197, -6.248048
Contact EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

The CHQ Building, Custom House Quay, Dublin City, Ireland

Eircode: D01 R9Y0
T: +353 (0)1 906 0861
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