National Leprechaun Museum
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 to the next generation. As evident in Ireland’s rich literary legacy—Ireland is the only country that has three noble laureates—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 that you are free to explore, take pictures, and play around in. Each room 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.