GPO Museum, Dublin

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GPO Museum invites you to experience the events of the 1916 rebellion from the perspective of both sides involved in the conflict. The highly immersive exhibit brings history to life by using interactive materials, such as videos, touch screens, and authentic artifacts like a Morse code translator. The onsite courtyard cafe is a great place to collect your thoughts over a cup of coffee or a plate of freshly baked scones. Amenities include a gift shop offering 1916 memorabilia and a range of souvenirs. GPO Museum is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , custom trip planner Edition.
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  • Brilliant place to leatn Irish history and to get deeper in to Easter Rising events. Fantastic multi-media presentation, very inter-active museum with a lot of games and challenges. Real war moments.....  more »
  • Having lived in Dublin the last number of years, this was my first time ever entering here! I would definitely recommend it! Full of great Irish history and the staff are so friendly and informative.....  more »
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  • Very very enjoyable! The short movie is especially brilliant as it really brings the whole event to life. Well done to everyone involved.
  • Went to the hallowed ground of the GPO (General Post Office) in Dublin today, as I had never been to the museum. Very deserted as not many tourists. For those that don't know Irish history, this is where on Easter Monday 1916, a band of Irish rebels started a revolt against the UK rule. They ordered staff and customers to leave and seized control of the building, making it their revolutionary headquarters during the harsh fighting of the following week. It was here, in 1916, Ireland was declared a sovereign nation on the front steps of the GPO when rebel leader Patrick Pearse read the Proclamation of Independence on Easter Monday. (Since then, each Easter Monday that same proclamation is read aloud on the same steps - a lovely tradition.). In the face of considerable military opposition, the rebels held the GPO for almost a week. Then, only with the building on fire and crumbling around them, the rebels tunnelled through the walls of neighbouring buildings and retreated to nearby Moore Street. On Saturday, Pearse, realising the futility of further fighting, took the decision to surrender. The historic and tumultuous Easter Rising set into motion an unstoppable chain of events in which some 16 leaders were arrested and killed as traitors to Britain, and a further 3000 (many not involved) citizens were detained under military lockdown. Ultimately, however, the Irish prevaled and the actions at the GPO and elsewhere in Dublin on Easter Monday 1916 lead to the creation of the Irish Republic. Note that today, while the basement houses the museum, the GPO remains a working post office.

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