Discover why 10 million people left Ireland and explore the impact they had on the world
At EPIC we believe that Irish history should never be a long list of names and dates, it should be an experience. We’ve brought history to life like never before.
Now’s your chance to get hands-on with Irish culture and its past with our fully interactive museum – swipe through video galleries, challenge yourself with motion sensor quizzes, dance in the footsteps of legends, 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 that 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 down through the centuries. Find out what drove them to leave, from famine and religious persecution through to economic need. Discover how they adapted to their new homes once they got there and learn about the challenges they overcame to build a new life in an often unfamiliar society.
Discover how an Irish police chief in Chicago helped to save hundreds of years of traditional Irish music, what it has to do with Rihanna and 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 unforgettable moments we celebrated as a nation across dozens of sports over decades of competition. 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 the joyous gig 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 also been influenced by, or involved in, Irish politics. From an incredible 23 former US Presidents to former Canadian, Australian and New Zealand Prime Ministers, we seem to have had quite a flair for politics.
It might be something in the air, but even those who travelled abroad have visualised the new world around them in a distinctly Irish way, whether in art, literature, acting, or comedy. You’ll be amazed by how many world-famous authors, artists and actors are proudly made in Ireland.
Science & Technology
From ground-breaking innovations in medicine and science to submarines to 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 Rihanna and Bruce Springsteen as it is bodhrans and tin whistles. Discover how Irish music has influenced everything from pop to rock and put your Riverdance moves to the test.
The good, the bad and the infamous. It’s not all rainbows, green hills and shamrocks – 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
While you’re here, don’t miss your chance to discover some of your own family history. Book a consultation with one of the expert genealogists at The Irish Family History Centre, located within EPIC.
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Enjoy a tour of our museum on mobile, desktop and in VR
To give you a taste of the EPIC experience, we’ve gathered together some of our favourite stories from our exhibition and included them in a virtual tour of our museum for you to explore our #MuseumFromHome.
To start the virtual tour, simply click on the link below.