The empty museum and why you should visit

The good thing about an unplanned spell of home education is that it gives you chance to visit all the places in your home town (can I call Dublin that now please?) that you haven't been to yet. After 25 years there are still a large number on my target list, and it's not just me either.

Today I suggested Collins Barracks, for no reason except that the name popped into my head. I had a feeling that it was about history and war, which would normally be interesting to a 14 year old, but not necessarily my son. I needn't have worried. The first sign we saw was this:




As a keen student of Norse mythology, my son marched straight past the museum entrance and over to this building. Though I think he was a little disappointed that there was no mention of Thor and his hammer in this display of the Asgard, a beautifully restored early 20th century yacht involved in a famous gun-running incident.


We had a quick look round, I took a few snaps and then we headed for the main building. We pottered around the galleries for a while, our eyes caught by exhibits as varied as Connemara marble,19th century dresses and ancient rifles. Then my son saw something that he found much more interesting. It was a banner for an exhibition on Asian Art. Now for someone with a passionate interest in all things Japan, this was essential viewing. So up the stairs we headed.




The only disappointment was that the place was very, very empty, almost creepy in parts, when the slightest creaky floor board would make you jump. And I dislike crowds, but this was just too quiet. I wonder why? I would definitely recommend Collins Barracks as a place to visit: it's free and spacious, and has a huge range of interesting and unusual displays. There's also a well-stocked shop, and a cafe, with a display of absolutely delicious-looking cakes and salads... But we resisted temptation. The computer called.

Then, on the way out, the teenager spotted the extra beetle on this:


And that's now where we're going next...


10 comments:

  1. First of all, I love the new look of your blog :-) And guess what? I've never been to Collins barracks either... Anyway, looks like an interesting visit, I wonder why it was so empty, maybe it's not as well advertised as all the other touristy stuff around Dublin? Oh and by the way, thanks for the mention ;-)

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    1. I often feel that there should be some kind of Wiki Dublin site where everyone could contribute all the places that they think that others would enjoy visiting. Scrap that, why not one for Ireland as a whole?

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  2. Great new look. It is ages since I've been to a museum.

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    1. Thank you! It was children that brought me back to museums.

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  3. We just love Collins Barracks! And the Dead Zoo... Although we haven't been there in a couple of years (putting it on my to-do list straight away!!) I've a boy who loves all things Japanese too! :-)

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    1. I took my son to the dead zoo before (there's even a post about it on here somewhere) so I'll be interested to see what he gets out of it this time :)

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  4. Hello there (waving from Rome). Love, love your new look. Sounds like an interesting place to visit and I am glad that your son enjoyed it.

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    1. *Waves back* Hope you're having a wonderful time and look forward to reading about it too :)

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  5. Eew.... ! had to speed-scroll past the beetles! The rest of it sounds like a must-see. We were due to got to Collins Barracks last year but never made it. We did make Kilmainham Jail the year before though and that was great. We also made it to Wicklow Gaol; and that too is one very scary place when there are no other visitors! xx

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    1. Oh I remember your post on Wicklow Gaol --- that place might be too scary for us! xx

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