This idiosyncratic museum is set in a handsome Georgian house that once belonged to the Earl of Kenmare. Joyce himself never lived here; however, he was rather taken with a former owner of the house named Denis Maginni—an eccentric Irishman, who added an “i” to his name to give himself an air of Italian sophistication. (Maginni appears as a character in Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses.) Today the center functions as both a small museum and a cultural center devoted to Joyce and his work. Actual exhibits are a little thin on the ground, but they hold interesting (at least for Joyce fans) lectures and special events, and also organize a Joyce-themed walking tour of Dublin. Unsurprisingly, this place becomes an explosion of activity around Bloomsday (June 16th), the date upon which Ulysses’ fictional events take place. Unlike the rest of Dublin, which makes do with a single day of celebrating its most famous 20th-century literary hero, the James Joyce Centre turns it into a week-long festival.
The James Joyce Centre
35 North Great George’s St., Dublin 1
Our Rating Hours Apr–Sept Mon–Sat 10am–5pm, Sun noon–5pm; Oct–Mar Tues–Sat noon–5pm, Sun noon–5pm Transportation Bus: 1, 4, 7, 7b, 7d, 8, 9, 11, 13, 16, 38, 38a, 38b, 40, 44, 122, 123, 140, 747 Phone 01/878-8547 Prices Admission €5 adults; €4 seniors, students, and children Web site The James Joyce Centre
Map35 North Great George’s St., Dublin 1 Dublin
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