More than a museum alone, the Irish Rock ’n Roll Museum is a behind-the-scenes look at one of Ireland’s most important recording studios. The tall, red building is decorated with portraits of the most famous Irish musicians, from U2 to Van Morrison and Snow Patrol. Memorabilia, gold records, and vintage instruments are also a part of the collection.
After learning the history of Irish popular music, and the boom of the 1980s that brought U2, The Cranberries, Sinead O’Connor and more, visitors have the chance to tour the working studio and experience it as musicians themselves do. Allowing for rehearsal with a band, recording in a studio, and even hanging out backstage, it’s designed to be a fun, immersive look at the life of rock ’n roll. Don’t miss the Irish Wall of Fame, The Thin Lizzy Experience, or the U2 Exhibition for a full experience.
The museum can be found in Dublin’s famous Temple Bar district. To get there, take a left on Temple Lane Street to Curved Street. The entrance to the museum is beside the door to the Button Factory. Guided tours take place daily from 11am-5:30pm. It is requested that you show up 15 minutes prior to the start of your tour. The cost is 16 euros for adults and 12 euros for children under 12.