You may not be able to make it to the Eiffel Tower or the Colosseum this summer but don’t worry – you can still visit Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction. EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum has reopened to the public from Monday 29th June 2020, seven days a week, with timed tickets on sale. Numbers are obviously limited but pre-booking tickets for designated time slots means you can avoid the queue.
The health and safety of all our visitors and staff is our highest priority, and we’ve spent the weeks since closing meticulously planning and reorganising so that our visitors can safely enjoy our museum. Following the HSE guidelines EPIC has implemented a range of public health and physical distancing measures to ensure the safety of visitors, staff and other workers. Reduced visitor numbers, designated time slots, touch-free screens, increased cleaning, downloadable audio guides and cashless payments are just some of the measures we’ve put in place to protect your health.
We’re living in strange times but EPIC is no stranger to distance. Telling the stories of over 300 Irish people who travelled great distances to create new lives abroad, they also have many stories of how people kept in touch, overcame distance and reconnected. During lockdown we’ve stayed connected with our communities through our Virtual Tours, Family Activity Packs and Stay at Home Library but we’re delighted to be welcoming visitors once again.
“After the longest closure in our history, we are delighted to reopen the doors to EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. Our Visitor Experience Team are looking forward to welcoming visitors again and will be available to help navigate the necessary changes in the Museum experience. Thank you for your continued support during this unbelievable time. Our best wishes to you and your family and we look forward to seeing you soon.”
– Dr. Patrick Greene, CEO and Museum Director
Spacious galleries and reduced visitor numbers
Our spacious galleries and intentionally reduced visitor numbers will help visitors to feel safe and be able to fully enjoy their visit. In some ways visitors won’t notice any great change, as the EPIC story unfolds following a carefully designed one-way walking route which supports social distancing guidelines and ensures that visitors will be able to experience all of the exhibitions.
As well as our free audio guide to download to your mobile phone, we now provide sterile Stylus Pens which make our interactive screens touch-free. Challenge yourself with motion sensor quizzes, listen to remastered audio from 100 years ago and dance with global phenomenon, Riverdance. You can also add the details of your émigré family members to make them a permanent part of EPIC’s newest exhibition, Power Of A Name. Our Visitor Experience Team will be on hand in each gallery to support visitors and ensure that our new safety standards are followed for everyone’s peace of mind.
Health and safety measures
- Online pre-booking to better manage visitor numbers
- Reduced building capacities in line with government guidelines to allow for the required physical distancing
- Perspex screens at all ticketing desks and increased cleaning measures
- Sanitising stations on arrival and throughout the museum
- Extra cleaning of high-frequency touchpoints
- Signage to remind people of the protocols
- Traffic light notification on the booking system so that visitors can select the quietest times
Timeslots for large families and groups
Large families or groups can even book out time slots so that they have the galleries all to themselves, adding an extra level of comfort and space to their visit. EPIC is suitable for all ages and families and people with young children are very welcome. It’s buggy-friendly and accessible throughout.
The Dublin Docklands is a hidden gem with lots to see and do – river walks, bikes and cycling trails, architecture and bridges, Jeanie Johnston, the Famine memorial and more. You could happily spend a whole day here. With so many people now working from home, there has never been a better time to explore this part of Dublin and have the place to yourself. Our health and safety measures will give you added peace of mind.
EPIC Museum Gift Shop
EPIC Museum Gift Shop has reopened from Monday 29th June, from 10.00am -6.30pm Monday to Sunday. Browse a range of authentic, high-quality Irish-made gifts, whether you’re interested in books and prints or jewellery and clothing. Why not choose something special to send on to a friend or relative abroad?
New measures such as hand sanitizing stations, safety glass and greater floor space have been put in place to ensure safety for our visitors and staff at all times.
Food and drink
We are located in CHQ – bright and airy with lots of space and options for dining. We have also teamed up with some of their partners in CHQ to offer visitors some great experiences:
- Enjoy a visit to EPIC followed by a picnic along the river (supplied by BakeHouse). Choose from one of the many benches or take a bike and explore Dublin’s Docklands, with lots of space to enjoy the outdoors.
- Pay a weekend visit to ELY Bar & Grill or Urban Brewing for brunch, followed by a visit to EPIC.
Visit again at no extra cost!
As an extra bonus, all online tickets purchased before June 29th can be used for a second visit to the museum up until the end of 2020.
Walk-in visitors are also welcome, however we do recommend pre-booking to avoid waiting. To keep our customers safe, our ticket desk will not be processing cash transactions and will only accept credit card payments. Please see our FAQ for more details.
Our Education programs
Our programs will recommence once we are confident we have all necessary safety measures in place, as per Government guidelines.
In the meantime, our online education program will continue providing virtual learning experiences for classes across Ireland. We look forward to sharing more about recommencing our education and events program in due course.
Safety is paramount
We ask that you adhere to the Governmental health and safety and travel directives. We will rely on the personal and parental responsibility of visitors to follow the guidelines which have been put in place.