Discover why 10 million people left Ireland, and the impact they had on the world
Irish history should never be a long list of names and dates, it should be an experience. Get hands on with Irish culture and its past with our fully interactive museum – swipe through video galleries, dance through motion sensor quizzes, listen to remastered audio from 100 years ago and watch videos that bring Irish history to life. At EPIC you’ll discover the far reaching influence of Irish history, and the impact the 10 million Irish men and women who left Ireland had on the world.
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.
Discover how an Irish police chief in Chicago helped save hundreds of years of traditional Irish music and what it has to do with Rihanna, or why the quintessentially Red, White and Blue genre of country music couldn’t be more Green. Ireland isn’t just tin whistles and bodhrans, it has made an impact on many popular genres, from pop to punk.
Relive the moments we celebrated as a nation across dozens of sports over decades of competition. You’ll discover the lasting mark Irish athletes have left on sports around the world. It’s a small island, if we weren’t punching above our weight we wouldn’t be punching at all.
One of our proudest exports is Irish dance. From a joyous jig to the globally renowned Riverdance, you’ll find our dances proudly performed all over the world. Don’t just watch the famous Riverdance performance that sparked a renewed global interest in this unique style, put your feet to work, and try it for yourself.
Many world leaders have had prominent Irish Ancestry. Whether it’s a calling for home, or a soft spot for our beautiful country, many have been influenced by, or involved in, Irish Politics. From former US Presidents, to former Canadian, Australian and New Zealand Prime ministers, our passion for humanitarian work is as much Irish history as it is the worlds.
It might be something in the air, but even those who travelled abroad have uniquely visualised the new world around them in a distinctly Irish way, whether in art, literature, acting, or comedy. You’d be surprised by how many world-famous authors, artists and actors are proudly made in Ireland.
Science & Technology
From groundbreaking innovations in medicine and science to submarines and sheep shearing, Ireland has brought the world far more than shamrocks, potatoes and leprechauns.
Discover how the Irish influenced and shaped the world.
See the world through the eyes of the Irish men and women who left through their letters to home.
Interactive Touch Screens
Don’t just learn about history, reach out, touch and engage with it.
Music and Dance
Ireland is as much bodhrans and tin whistles as it is Bruce Springsteen and Rihanna. Find out how Irish music has influenced everything from pop to rock, while putting your feet to work following the steps of the world famous Riverdance.
The good, the bad and the infamous. It’s not all rainbows and green hills, practice your quick-draw with our motion detector Irish outlaws quiz.
Some of the world’s most famous authors throughout history are Irish. Don’t take our word for it, take theirs, with our whispering library.
Irish Family History Centre
Discover some of your own history with a consultant from our professional genealogy service partners located within EPIC.
Take a Virtual Tour
We’ve gathered together some of our favourite stories from our exhibition, and included them in a Virtual Reality Tour of our museum. Simply navigate through the museum by clicking at various points around the space and touch/click on the pins to open them and reveal the fascinating story inside.
To start the virtual tour, simply click on the link below.