A very fun museum, located in the city centre of Dublin right next to the Liffey in the Westmoreland Street Lafayette Building. It offers attractions for kids, teenagers and adults.
It was first opened in 1983 in the north of Dublin and even then it was one of the most famous sites. In 2005 it closed and reopened in 2009 in a historic foster place landmark building the Armoury, where it covered four floors of the building until it moved again to the city centre into the 22-25 Lafayette building, where the wax figures are shown until today.
Here you can visit James Joyce, Dracula, Michael Jackson or James Bond and pose for funny pictures with the realistic statues.
The museum is divided in many sections like the Irish writers room, or the music & entertainment section.
You can learn a lot in the science section or the time vaults and get yourself scared in the chambers of horror.
Be careful you don’t get lost in the mirror maze, so that at the end of the tour you can make your very own wax hand, a perfect souvenir from your visit.
The National Wax Museum is opened every day of the week from 10am to 10pm (last admission at 9pm).
Irish Writers Room
Highlight: Take a picture with Irelands most famous writers
Here you can meet the most famous writers in irish history, for example James Joyce, who lived from 1882 to 1941 and is responsible for books like Dubliners or Ulysses and Oscar Wilde who wrote many novels, poems and stories in his time between 1854 and 1900.
Further on there’s Samuel Beckett, one of the most influential writers of the 20th century and winner of the Noble Prize in literature in 1969 and William Butler Yeats, another Nobel Prize winner, even the first irish person who won it.
George Bernard Shaw, is in the writers room as well, he wrote many plays and is also a winner of the Nobel Prize.
Last person in the room is Sean O’Casey a dramatist and memoirist, who lived from 1880 to 1964.
The writers room is definitely worth a visit.
Chamber of horrors
Highlight: moving wax figures
This special section of the museums is only for the brave visitors.
Here you can see the wax figure of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The irish writer was born in Dublin in 1847 and died in 1912, so unfortunately he did not live to see the big rise of his Monster.
Bram Stoker created the typical image of a vampire, with fangs, pale skin and the mysterious habit to sleep in a coffin during the day.
But this is not the only character you wouldn’t like to meet in a dark alley.
There’s also Hannibal Lecter from the silence of the lambs and many other monsters.
Children under 16 must be supervised by an adult and the section can be skipped.
Highlight: Sit on the Nimbus 2000 from the harry Potter films
Dracula is not the only bat in the Wax Museum, in the wax world you can find the dark knight: Batman!
And don’t forget about his archenemy the Joker, who can be found in a model of Gotham city.
From the school of witchcraft and wizardry there are Harry Potter and Mad Eye Moody.
The magical world invented by Joanne K. Rowling is always a highlight for the kids and you can even sit on the famous Nimbus 2000.
Of course there’s also something for the toddlers, like Bob the Builder, Peppa Pig or Spongebob.
This is the perfect section for kids to have fun and feel like their living a dream between their heroes.