About the Museum
Discover the story of the 10 million people who left Ireland
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. The world’s only fully digital museum, experience this breathtaking story in state-of-the-art 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 one-of-a-kind tales of adventure and perseverance, conflict and discovery, belief and community.
10 million people, many destinations, one museum. Journey with them.
10 million Irish people left their homeland for a wide variety of reasons over the centuries. Learn about what caused this exodus, ranging from famine and religious persecution through to economic need. Discover how Irish people adapted to their new homes once they got there and the challenges they overcame to build a life in an often unfamiliar society.
Follow the path of traditional Irish music as it moved around – and moved – the world. From the story of Chief O’Neill who collected traditional music, to emigrants who made the Broadway stage their own. From the folk revival of The Clancy Brothers through to pop stars with Irish ancestry like Rihanna and the Gallagher Brothers, the many rich strands of the island’s music continue to flow far and wide.
Sport plays a central role in Irish life and in our interactive gallery, discover some of the towering figures who made a lasting mark in the sporting world. Their impact has been felt in soccer, baseball, boxing, rugby, American football, golf, Australian rules football and tennis. Emigrants have helped to expand the global reach of Irish sports by establishing Gaelic football and hurling clubs in communities in almost every continent, including Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.
Traditional Irish dance is practised around the planet, as far afield as Brazil, New Zealand and China. Find out about some of the early dancers who became renowned for their skill. Watch the famous ‘Riverdance’ performance that sparked a renewed global interest in this unique style of dance – and try out some dancing steps yourself.
Given the turbulent history of Ireland, it is perhaps not surprising that many world leaders of Irish ancestry have played a part in shaping governments and the labour movement. Whether that is the pioneering political spirit of former United States Presidents John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama, or former Prime Ministers of Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The Irish passion for humanitarian work is told through the stories of former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, Roger Casement and Sir Bob Geldof.
The creative vision of many Irish emigrants is represented in our literature, art and design galleries. In our talking library, listen to extracts of classic novels by Joyce, Swift and C.S. Lewis. Discover visual artists who were inspired by new lands. Many Irish entertainers and comedians who became famous names on our screens also feature.
Science & Technology
From shearing sheep to tattoo art, uncover the surprising inventions and discoveries made by Irish people throughout history. Learn about their pioneering innovation in medicine and science, as well as the great leaps forward in hot chocolate, submarines, diamonds and the stars in the sky.
A museum experience like no other
Discover how the Irish influenced and shaped the world
Read digitised versions of poignant letters home from emigrants, telling tales of their new lives.
Interactive Touch Screens
Discover Irish adventures abroad, take part in quizzes and send digital postcards to your loved ones.
Music and Dance
Find out how Irish music and dance became an international phenomenon, while practicing your Irish dance moves.
Discover the more infamous Irishmen and women who’ve made their mark by playing the motion-sensor quiz.
Find out what makes Irish literature famous all over the globe in the interactive whispering library.
Irish Family History Centre
Trace your family tree with a consultant from our professional genealogy service partners located in CHQ.