A relative newcomer to the scene of museums and visitor attractions in Dublin, the National Leprechaun Museum opened its doors in early 2010. Its aim: to teach visitors to Ireland about Irish myths and folklore, and to let them experience life as a leprechaun if only for an hour or two.
Leprechauns abound in Irish mythology as small, solitary men dressed in red or green with a mischievous sense of humor and the ability to grant three wishes if caught. But they’re rarely caught.
The museum is an interactive adventure passing through twelve chapters, with a storyteller guide. There’s a room of giant furniture, a room where umbrellas cluster above to protect you from falling rain, a rainbow room and a pot of gold. There’s also an optical illusion tunnel which makes you feel you’re shrinking, and another which aims to make you feel like you’re walking below that great natural phenomenon, Giant’s Causeway.
Some people have loved the National Leprechaun Museum, others have been disappointed. It’s not cheap, with an adult entry ticket costing 10 euro, a child’s ticket 7 euro and a family pass at 27 euro, but overall kids – not teenagers – have a lot of fun here. And for adults there’s the storytelling of Irish tales which are fascinating and entertaining.
Leprechauns are an Irish national treasure – the first was spotted in the 8th century. Has anyone seen one of these magical creatures since? I’m not sure. But if you’re interested in Irish folklore and willing to suspend disbelief and enter into the fun of giant furniture and a pot of gold, go to the Leprechaun Museum. Make sure you take your camera – and your sense of humor. It’s a good craic, as the Irish say.
The National Leprechaun Museum is located at 1 Jervis Street, Dublin 1.