EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

Epic - The Irish Emigration Museum is a dramatic 21st Century visitor experience telling the authentic and epic story of 10 million journeys and the roots of 70 million people, told with memorable style and passion. 

Custom House Quay, Dublin 1 (See Map Below)

Go beyond the stereotypes at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

You won’t find leprechauns or pots of gold here, but you’ll discover that what it means to be Irish expands far beyond the borders of Ireland through the stories of Irish emigrants who became scientists, politicians, poets, artists and even outlaws all over the world. Discover Ireland from the outside in and find out why saying “I’m Irish” is one of the biggest conversation starters, no matter where you are. 

Get hands on with Irish culture and its past with our fully interactive museum – swipe through video galleries, dance through motion sensor quizzes, listen to remastered audio from 100 years ago and watch videos that bring Irish history to life. At EPIC you’ll discover the far reaching influence of Irish history, and the impact the 10 million Irish men and women who left Ireland had on the world.  

This top-rated attraction is a must-see for anyone with an interest in Irish culture and history. With galleries featuring music, literature, sports, politics, art, science, and more, there is something for everyone to learn about and enjoy! EPIC also houses the Irish Family History Centre, with a team of genealogy experts to help visitors explore and uncover their Irish roots.

Highlights include:
  • Travel back in time through 1,500 years of history
  • Interact with the past in easy-to-use high-tech galleries
  • Discover family-friendly exhibits full of entertainment and education
  • Stamp your very own EPIC passport as you move through Irish history
  • Connect with your ancestors at the Irish Family History Centre
  • Experience a new and exciting museum unlike any other!

Awards & Accolades:
  • European Museum of the Year 2018 - Shortlisted
  • TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018
  • TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award 2017 - Top 5 Irish Museums
  • Children in Museums Award 2017 - Shortlisted - the only Irish museum selected for this prestigious European award




Epic is located in Dublin City in the vaults of The chq Building which is an 8 minute walk from O’Connell Street and 10 minutes from Trinity College. Easy access from Dart, 3 minutes from Connolly Station, and the Luas red line stops at the north entrance to building at George's Dock. 

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Billy the Kid - an EPIC Story

Henry McCarty is one of Irish history’s less than proud creations. Known as Billy the Kid, William H. Bonney, Henry Antrim, Kid Antrim and eventually just “The Kid”, he was born to Irish parents.

After he broke out of prison by escaping through a chimney, he took the phrase “fighting Irish” to a whole new level, wreaking havoc in The Wild West where it is claimed he killed 21 men – or one for each year of his
colourful life. He was shot dead in 1881 by Sheriff Pat Garrett, who was also of Irish descent. 

'Billy the Kid' is just one of many EPIC stories about Irish Heros and Villains you will discover at EPIC.

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EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
The chq Building, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1
T. +353 (0) 1 906 0861
E: info@Epicchq.com

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Open Daily Year Round from 10:00 to 18:45. 

Closed: December 24 to 26.

Last admission 17:00 (one hour before closing time).

Approx Visit Duration: approx 90 minutes.

Opening Times may be subject to change; check their website for updates.


  • Adults: €15.00
  • Senior (aged 65+): €13.00
  • Student (aged over 16, with valid ID): €13.00
  • Child (aged 6-15): €7.50
  • Toddler (aged 0-5): Free
  • Family (2 adults and 2 children,aged 6-15): €37.00 


Audio Guides are available at their ticket desk for an additional €2.00 per person in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian. Their new Museum & Audio App is available to download for free on the App Store (for iPhone) and Google Play (for Android mobile and tablets) in English, Irish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Mandarin Chinese.. Pre-booked group tours in German, French, Italian and Spanish can also be arranged for a fee.  


You have a wide choice of dining and refreshment options on-site including cafés, bakehouses, salad and sushi bars, a bakehouse and wine bar.


The Epic Ireland shop features a wide variety of gifts to suit all budget’s and tastes from the basic key-ring to jewellery designed by top Irish designers. Also includes clothing, skincare, fragrances, crystal and confectionery. Bespoke instore engraving also available for tailored gifts. Open 09:00 to 19:00, 7 days a week. 


Pay-for parking available nearby. Designated coach drop-off and pick-up point near the entrance.


Fully wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets. 

Indoor (all weather) Family Friendly Wheelchair Access Restaurant Tea Rooms / Coffee Shop Dining for Groups Assistance / Guide Dogs Permitted Gift Shop Free WIFI
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