Visiting Dublin? Then you have to stop at MoLI – Museum of Literature Ireland

The readers garden of MoLI - Museum of Literature Ireland

Luke McLeod | Last Updated 04 July 2024 | 5 Minute Read

Ulysses, arguably the greatest piece of Irish literature, is forever embedded into the history of MoLI. Not only does it hold 'Copy No.1' of the book, MoLI also brings this piece of literary history to life in it's name. Tipping its cap to Molly Bloom, the fictional wife of Leopold Bloom. What exactly is inside the MoLI, whether you are looking for immersive exhibitions or a piece of branded MoLI merchandise from the gift shop you can find it all. 

What is the MOLI Museum of Literature Ireland?

The MOLI Museum of Literature Ireland (MOLI) is a captivating cultural institution located in the heart of Dublin, right next to the Arthaus. Situated on St. Stephen's Green, this exceptional museum is the result of an innovative partnership between the National Library of Ireland and University College Dublin.

MOLI offers a diverse range of offerings for enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds. Visitors can explore the thought-provoking current exhibitions that celebrate Ireland's rich literary heritage. A highlight of the museum's collection is the display of treasures from the National Library of Ireland, including rare manuscripts and first editions of literary masterpieces.

For those seeking tranquility amidst the bustling city, MOLI boasts a stunning readers garden where visitors can relax and immerse themselves in the beauty of nature. Additionally, the museum features a delightful café, perfect for enjoying a cup of tea or a light bite while surrounded by literary inspiration. There is plenty around the city in terms of restaurants and bars too! 

Of particular interest to fans of James Joyce, MOLI houses a permanent collection of Joyce-related material, offering a unique insight into the life and works of one of Ireland's most iconic authors. Moreover, the museum has recently introduced the Dedalus Library, a new addition that showcases an extensive range of books and materials related to Irish literature.

The MOLI Museum of Literature Ireland is a must-visit destination for literature enthusiasts, showcasing the treasures of the National Library of Ireland, providing a serene garden oasis, and offering a delightful café experience. Its permanent collection of James Joyce-related material and the new Dedalus Library further entice literary enthusiasts to delve into all that MOLI has to offer.

The importance of MOLI - museum in celebrating Irish literature and its literary greats

MoLI, the Museum of Literature Ireland, plays a vital role in celebrating Irish literature and honoring its literary greats. By showcasing the rich literary heritage of Ireland, MoLI not only preserves the country's literary legacy but also inspires future generations of writers and readers. There is an incredible showing of both homegrown and international literacy at the International Literature Festival Dublin each year. The festival usually takes place each May.  One of MoLI's significant contributions is its partnerships. These collaborations allow MoLI to tap into vast archives and collections, ensuring that it can offer extensive insights into Irish literature. By working closely with well respected institutions, MoLI enhances its exhibitions and provides visitors with a comprehensive understanding of Ireland's literary tradition. MoLI is renowned for its changing exhibitions that delve into different aspects of Irish literature. These exhibitions enable visitors to explore various themes, genres, and writers, showcasing the immense diversity and depth of Irish literary works. Additionally, MoLI's permanent collection of James Joyce-related material is a highlight for literature enthusiasts, as it commemorates one of Ireland's most illustrious literary figures. In addition to its exhibits, MoLI also boasts the Dedalus Library, a treasure trove of literary works that invites visitors to immerse themselves in Irish literature. The museum's landscaped gardens provide a calm and serene environment for visitors to unwind and reflect on the literary masterpieces they have just experienced.

Location and Setting 

Newman House is located at St Stephen's Green South in Dublin 2, making it an ideal setting for students, scholars, and visitors seeking a convenient and vibrant location. Situated in the heart of Dublin, Newman House boasts an address that is highly prestigious and sought after.

St Stephen's Green South, where Newman House is situated, is known for its picturesque surroundings. The street is lined with elegant Georgian buildings, adding to the charm and historical significance of the area. Its close proximity to St Stephen's Green, a beautiful public park, allows visitors to enjoy moments of tranquility amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.

Being in Dublin 2 puts UCD Newman House within walking distance of major attractions, such as Grafton Street and Trinity College. Grafton Street is renowned for its vibrant atmosphere, with its eclectic mix of shops, cafes, and street performers. Trinity College, home to the historic Book of Kells, is just a stone's throw away. 

Gardens surrounding the museum provide a peaceful setting for visitors

The MoLI has quite a unique setting. Sandwiched between the green space of Iveagh Gardens and St. Stephen's Green. The tranquil gardens surrounding the museum provide a peaceful setting for visitors to relax and unwind after exploring the various exhibits. Sprawling over acres of land, these gardens are a true calming spot amidst the bustling city. They offer a serene and calming atmosphere where visitors can escape the noise and chaos of everyday life.

Visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the walking paths of the adjoining gardens, admiring the blossoming trees that provide shade and create ambiance. Peaceful ponds and fountains are scattered throughout the gardens, adding to the overall sereneness. The sound of trickling water and the gentle rustle of leaves create a soothing background noise, further enhancing the peaceful setting. The Iveagh Gardens is likely to be more peaceful than Stephen's Green. 

Whether it is the vibrant colors of the blooming flowers, the refreshing scent of the lush greenery, or the sense of calm that permeates the air, the tranquil gardens surrounding the museum offer a much-needed respite for visitors. They provide an ideal setting for relaxation, reflection, and appreciation of nature's beauty.

Books sitting on a number of shelves within the Museum of Literature Ireland Moli

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Proximity to other literary landmarks in Dublin city

MoLI (Museum of Literature Ireland) is in close proximity to several significant literary landmark attractions in Dublin city. As a literary enthusiast, you'll find yourself within walking distance of these iconic sites.

One of the notable attractions closeby to MoLI is the Chester Beatty Museum, just a short stroll away. Housed in a charming 12th-century Dublin Castle, this museum celebrates great literary manuscripts, from Asia to Africa and Europe, with an impressive collection of manuscripts, letters, and personal belongings.

Another literary gem nearby is the James Joyce Centre, dedicated to the famous Irish writer James Joyce. Discover more about his life and works through exhibitions, guided tours, and events that celebrate his contribution to literature.

Strolling down Grafton Street, you'll come across Bewley's Cafe, a historic literary landmark that has been frequented by Irish writers for generations. Immerse yourself in the ambiance that inspired their works while enjoying a cup of coffee.

Merrion Square, where you can find the childhood home of Oscar Wilde, a renowned Irish playwright and wit. Take a moment to admire the statue of Wilde lounging on a rock before exploring the picturesque Georgian square.

Visiting MoLI gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in Ireland's rich literary heritage, while also being in close proximity to several other significant literary landmarks in Dublin city.

A visit to MoLI is certainly high on the list of things to do in Dublin. With an incredible audio guide, and guided tour available. You will learn a tonne of things about the literary culture within Dublin. After your visit, you can keep in touch with the literary scene on RadioMoLI. This is Ireland's literature radio channel where you can catch up on the best in the literary scene.  

About the Author

Meet our passionate and seasoned Travel and Culture Editor, Luke McLeod. With an insatiable wanderlust and an unquenchable thirst for cultural exploration, Luke is your trusted guide to unlocking the soul of Ireland. 

With years of experience in the realms of travel and culture journalism, Luke has made it their mission to hand-pick the most captivating and authentic experiences that the Emerald Isle has to offer. 

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