Our family-friendly state of the art museum is suitable for all ages. Cutting-edge interactive technology brings visitors on a journey through the Irish emigration experience, acquainting them with the influence the Irish have brought to bear worldwide in the areas of sport, culture, art, politics, activism, charity, science, and many more. The exhibition is made up of twenty galleries which are each individually themed, and fall under the headings of Migration (Galleries 1-2), Motivation (Galleries 4-7), Influence (Galleries 8-18) and Diaspora Today (Galleries 19-20). EPIC is located in the restored vaults of CHQ in Dublin’s Custom House Quarter. It was officially opened on May 6th 2016 by founder Neville Isdell and former President of Ireland Mary Robinson. EPIC aims to reflect the past, and to invite visitors from across the globe to discover heretofore unknown connections.

Dublin’s Docklands Today

EPIC is located in CHQ in one of Dublin’s most historic and influential locations by the banks of the river Liffey. It is apt that EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum is situated on Custom House Quay, as this was the departure point for so many of Ireland’s emigrants from the 1800s onwards. Many of those who left Ireland from this point would have travelled by ship to Britain. The Famine Memorial and the Jeanie Johnston are located here in Dublin’s docklands, a stark reminder of the impact the Famine had on Ireland and its inhabitants. The sculptures of the Famine Memorial poignantly depict the fleeing victims of the Great Famine (1845-1852). The Jeanie Johnston, a replica of the tall ship which made 16 journeys to America from 1847 to 1855, is also located on Custom House Quay. Other nearby attractions include the 1813 Triumphal Arch at George’s Dock and the Custom House Visitor Centre.
Historic Custom House Quay

Dublin’s Docklands’ History

Dublin’s Docklands have been a constant hive of activity dating back to Viking times. CHQ, formerly known as Stack A, or the Tobacco Store, was built between 1817 and 1820 to store valuable cargos of tobacco, tea and spirits. Designed by the Scottish engineer John Rennie with his son of the same name working as his principal assistant, this industrial masterpiece had the largest pre-20th century clear floor space in Dublin City. The building was made famous when it hosted the Crimean War Banquet in 1856, celebrating the return of 3,000 Irish soldiers.

Restoration of CHQ

The Grade One protected structure was sympathetically restored by the Dublin Docklands Development Authority in the early 2000’s. Neville Isdell purchased the building in late 2013 with the intention of developing this magnificent structure into a destination at the social heart of Dublin Docklands.