Museum of Literature Ireland - Open House Dublin 2022
Building Tour

Museum of Literature Ireland

86 St Stephen's Green, Saint Kevin's, Dublin
11am – 11.45am
12pm – 12.45pm
3pm – 3.45pm
4pm – 4.45pm
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A view from the MoLI Reader Garden showing the two grey brick Georgian buildings, the copper exterior of the lift addition and the grey brick Aula Maxima. A large room with yellow wallpaper, tall Gothic windows at the end of the room and a large chandelier hanging in the middle of the room. A marble fireplace is on the right side of the room and a large framed painting is on the left. A small, dark red room with a mahogany table in the centre, placed on a dark red and blue carpet and under a large chandelier.

A partnership between University College Dublin and the National Library of Ireland, the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) is a new landmark cultural institution in the heart of Ireland’s capital city. Architects Scott Tallon Walker were engaged to transform the Aula Maxima at Newman House into a modern museum building while creating universal access across the historic site where UCD was founded.

The aims of the architectural project included developing a world-class exhibition centre, integrating Newman House into a wider city context, and weaving the buildings together into a better functioning integral whole. The main visible architectural intervention is the creation of a new stair and lift core clad in glass with an interstitial veil of copper filigree. The scheme has been designed in such a way that the new works are to the rear of the buildings and have minimal impact on the historic fabric.


Accessibility Information

The museum is wheelchair accessible. Most of the Historic House rooms are wheelchair accessible except for the last room on the tour route. This is accessed by a narrow staircase.

Wheelchair accessible, Accessible Toilets, Assistance Dogs welcome


Photography Credit
© Conor Healy; Mark Donovan

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