These young visitors were captivated by history at the official opening of the €10m GPO: Witness History exhibition. Picture: Paul Sherwood Photography

THE GPO is enshrined in the history of the 1916 Easter Rising, so what better place to “witness history” than in the very place where it all happened 100 years ago?
GPO: Witness History is a €10m visitor attraction set to open this Easter, just in time for the commemorations.
This immersive centre will put people right inside the heart of the GPO during the five days in which it was both the military command centre, and the seat of the Provisional Irish Government.
This audio-visual, interactive hub really has something for people of all ages. With games for children and plenty to read for interested adults, this one is a must.
From the minute you walk into the GPO: Witness History centre, you are absorbed by the history that surrounds you.
With a timeline that goes from 1913 to 1923, you can really involve yourself, not only in the events of the Easter Rising but the events leading up to Easter Week and the aftermath of the rebellion.
The visitor facility also features a cinematic experience – which is an excellent way to get as much information you can about the Easter Rising in as little time as possible. This audio-visual experience breaks down the events of Easter week 1916, and really puts you in the heart of the revolution.
This tour is self-guided, which means you can take as much time as you’d like to spend engaging yourself in events that particularly appeal to you.
You can read about the role that the women of Cumann Na mBan played, how the children of 1916 Dublin suffered, and how the men of the Irish Provisional Government went about and carried through on their plans for an uprising.
There are also loads of artefacts on show throughout the experience, such as medals, badges, uniforms and equipment from the time period, along with a copy of The Proclamation of Independence.
The average tour lasts around 90 minutes and you definitely won’t find yourself ready to leave before that. The exhibition also features a timeline of how previous anniversaries of The Rising have been celebrated in Ireland.
Also on offer is a wall of “where we’ve come since then”, which features all the good and bad things that have happened in Ireland since 1916.
A very interesting part of this tour is the courtyard, where there is a beautiful sculpture which features several different stones, to commemorate each child that lost their life during Easter Week 1916.
The centre is set to be opened by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny on March 25, and officially opens to the public on March 29. Tours are on all day, from 9am to 5.30pm, with ticket prices starting from €10.
Not only does GPO: Witness History plunge you into the history of our emerald isle, it also presents you with the reality of where we are today, and when you see this exhibition for yourself you’ll see that we’re not that bad after all!