Kilmainham Gaol Museum, Dublin
The Office of Public Works
Gulbenkian Foundation, Best Larger Museum
Gulbenkian Foundation, Best Commercial Museum
Association for Heritage Interpretation, Interpret Ireland Special Judges Award
Association for Heritage Interpretation, Interpret Ireland Award
Guinness Living Dublin Award Overall Winner
Guinness Living Dublin Award Commercial
2016 marked the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising.
It also marked the 20th anniversary of the opening of the permanent exhibitions presenting the history of the Gaol as a penal prison and a political prison. Described by the Gulbenkian judges as 'a courageous interpretation of Irish Nationalism, a refusal to deal with the subject in a revisionist manner, the museum will stimulate debate on the modern relationship betwen unionism and nationalism'.
This presentation on the political history of Ireland continues to engage with hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world:
Opened in 1996 to mark the 80th anniversary of the Easter Rising 1916, today it is firmly established as a “must see” destination for anyone interested in Irish political history.
Honest..intelligent..emotive..provocative....magnificent..splendid...brilliant... I intend to go back...I intend to bring people along with me...That a museum can do this is wonderful...
The Arts Show, RTE, August 1996