Irish Republican History Museum

Irish Republican History Museum

Irish Republican History Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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Janine B
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Wonderful, wonderful museum truly packed full with history or Irish republicanism from the revolution through the troubles. We quickly stopped in and realized there was so much more to see we came back the next day
Written 27 April 2024
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Moskvichka12
Moscow, Russia589 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
WOW!
This little museum is hidden away out the back of the Peace Wall, but it is totally worth seeking out! It is totally free, and they welcome donations to help support it.
I expected it to be very small, but although it only really takes up one room, there is a tonne of exhibits - newspaper entries, photos, models, objects made by prisoners... You can easily spend an hour here and I'd like to see it get a larger location.
Staff are friendly and helpful.
I was completely blown away by the work by prisoners. They are some seriously talented people!
What I liked the most was the emphasis on facts and absence of blame or one-sidedness. This is a seriously good museum and everyone should see it, locals and interested tourists.
Written 13 March 2024
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L1593
Liverpool, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Fantastic museum, I could have spent all day here. Items are all kindly donated by families and people impacted by the Troubles and Eileen’s sister kindly showed us around. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 15 November 2023
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Colm O
Tenerife, Spain4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
I loved this museum. It tells the story of the fight for Irish Freedom, particularly the 1916-1923 period and the 1969 - 1996 conflict. Too my surprise, it contains weapons actually used by the IRA during the '69-'96 conflict. I presume that these have been decommissioned! Its a bit of a quirky museum run by a very dedicated crew of volunteers. It was set up by an ex-Cumann na mBan (women's IRA) leader Eileen Hickey as an educational and cultural space as well as a library of historical books relating to the struggle for Irish Freedom. Due to the volunteer nature of museum it as limited opening hours of 10-2 from Tuesday to Saturday. Well worth a visit an I would suggest giving a donation. It's interesting to walk around the surrounding streets and to note the many plaques in memory of local IRA volunteers who died in the fight for a reunited Ireland.
Written 5 October 2023
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Jeremy
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
This is a must visit if you want to hear about Irish Republican history. Tells the unvarnished side of this terrible struggle.
Written 29 August 2023
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Thomas S
Walsall, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
This museum is a treasure chest of objects made precious by the time taken to make them. It contains hundreds of items made by Republican detainees during the course of the Troubles, set into a simple plotted history of Irish Republicanism. (So, if you've heard a bit about the Troubles, can't quite remember what was what and aren't quite sure how it came to all that, you'll find it here.)

And to top that, the volunteers who tell you about it are the very people who saw it in the flesh. Real people tell a very real story, and they've collected all the real props of long lives lived, and several sadly cut short. And they ask for nothing in return -- it's free -- and you couldn't ask for any more.

You might this it'd be propagandistic, but it really isn't. It's authentic, genuinely heartfelt, intensely human and profoundly moving. Other museums seem sterile in comparison (if not overly produced lectures on what you should think and appreciate).

If you're in Belfast and you're not popping your head in, you're doing yourself a dis-service. Whoever you are, you'll be made most welcome. We were. I've nothing but thanks and praise for the place.
Written 25 July 2023
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Peter Lanky
Wigan, UK847 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We visited as part of a self guided walk, or wheelchair in my case fro the Centre of Belfast, through the Nationalist area, onto Falls road, and later over to the Loyalist Shankill Road to she the 'other side'. We had no problems finding the place where we spent over an hour looking at the exhibits, which gave a viewpoint of 'the troubles' from a Nationalist viewpoint only, and there's nothing really wrong with that if you take it at face value.
Written 12 July 2023
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PaddingtonBrown
Ormond Beach, FL32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This is a fascinating collection of artifacts and photos and follows the path and struggles of the Republican faction throughout Ireland’s history. To be sure, it tells just one side of the story but Irish history is complicated, and this wee museum is both interesting and educational. Additionally, there are staff members who lived through The Troubles who are willing to share their own firsthand (and sobering) stories.
Written 20 April 2023
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jaypea
Hoboken, NJ66 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
Museum entrance is hard to find and they are only open for a few hours a day. Took a lot of planning but we made it. This is clearly telling the sides of the IRA and I'm sorry to say it sort of crosses the line into IRA propaganda. There is no doubt that the British were just brutal towards the IRA but, for example, there is a list on the wall of IRA members who died and nearly all of them were killed by their own bombs going off prematurely. There were displays of prison clothing that the IRA prisoners demanded were unacceptable and I didn't understand until a different museum explained that they considered themselves political prisoners (who usually get to wear their own clothes) rather than criminals. If you're in the area it's free and worth a stop but keep a more open mind than the museum curators.
Written 17 September 2022
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Mark5001
Manchester, UK92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
Visited the day after attending a political walking tour of West Belfast. The museum houses a vast collection of artefacts tracing the history of Irish Republicanism/Independence back to the late 18th Century. It’s main focus, however, is the period from 1969 known as the troubles and its here that it really excels. I found it very thought provoking and spent well in excess of an hour studying the objects and reading the interpretation boards. The volunteers running the place were extremely welcoming, knowledgable and happy to answer questions. If, like me, you have an interest in history please seek it out, you won’t be disappointed. Do, however, check their opening times first.
Written 20 August 2022
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