'Little Museum of Dublin' opens

Fri, Oct 21, 2011, 01:00

Dublin has welcomed a new museum to its cultural landscape.

The Little Museum of Dublin, a showcase of social, political and cultural history of the city, officially opened today.

Some of the items in its collection, including the lectern US president John F Kennedy used to address the Oireachtas during his visit to Ireland in 1963 are politically and historically significant. Others, like the collection of Dublin milk bottles through the ages and a model of the Wanderly Wagon, used to shoot flying scenes in the old television show, are simply nostalgic.

“We believe that every great city deserves a museum of its own and we felt that there was a gap here,” said museum director Trevor White. Dublin does not have a permanent biography of itself, he added.

Mr White led the first guided tours of the museum, which is located at 15 St Stephen’s Green, this morning, stopping often to test patrons on their knowledge of current and former Dublin residents.

More than 400 items in the museum were donated by Dubliners over a six month period.

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