With its tumultuous history, the Irish often had nothing but stories, tales, and conversations to carry their legacies forward. The tradition of magic, wonder, and imagination has been a gift passed from one generation to the next. As evident in Ireland’s rich literary legacy — few countries can boast of three Nobel laureates in literature — this has shaped the culture for generations.
We stumbled upon the National Leprechaun Museum in Dublin while walking the streets and I couldn't resist the enchantment. This museum is more of an experiential exhibit and a fun photo op than anything else. It is the brainchild of a local Dublin architect, Tom O’Rahilly, who is obsessed with storytelling. In this space he wanted to create a fun way to experience Irish stories.
The museum has twelve rooms and you are free to explore, take pictures, and play around in them. Each offers a very interesting perspective of dimension, color, story, and play. There’s the Giant’s Causeway, the Tunnel (an important symbol in fantasy storytelling), life-sized furniture, rainbow colors, story walls, and so on. It is also just a very pleasant introduction to Ireland's history and mythology.