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Museum of Literature Ireland
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Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

We’re delighted to welcome you to MoLI.

For directions and transport options, please see our Where’s MoLI? page.

Let’s stay safe together! In line with Irish government guidelines, our priority is to keep you safe while you have a relaxed and well-deserved visit to the museum.

Please note that, in line with government guidelines, all visitors must wear a face covering. Children under the age of 13 do not need to wear face masks.

What we are doing to keep you safe

  • Large, well-ventilated, open rooms At MoLI we are lucky to have many beautiful large, open rooms, allowing you to socially distance without difficulty. Make sure to follow the designated route through the exhibitions, and feel free to visit the gardens, shop and café while you’re here.
  • Reduced visitor numbers and pre-booked, timed admission  We want you to feel like you have the museum to yourself – our capacity has been greatly reduced and timed entry introduced to give our visitors as much space as possible.
  • Hand-sanitation Visitors are required to sanitise their hands at the museum entry and exit, and at least once throughout their visit. There are many hand-sanitising stations throughout the museum, and staff on hand to answer questions.
  • Hands-free interactive exhibits  We have adapted the majority of our exhibits to be hands-free, so there is no need to touch anything. You can also download our audio guide free to your mobile device here: iOS | Android.
  • General safety measures  We have implemented additional safety measures in line with Government guidelines, including:
    • Protective perspex screens at all ticket/shop desks.
    • Contactless payment where possible.
    • Increased cleaning schedules keep our physical environment safe.

What we’ll ask you to do when you visit

  • Queue outside and inside the museum You may be required to queue on arrival but we expect queues to take at most no longer than 10-15 minutes for pre-booked admission. You may also have to queue for entry to the museum shop, bathrooms and café. Queue markers are visible on the floor at all these locations.
  • Give contact details on arrival To assist with contact tracing in the event of an outbreak, we ask all visitors to provide their name, phone number and email address on arrival.
  • Clean your hands on entry and exit Hand-sanitiser stations are located on entry, exit and throughout the museum.
  • Wear a face covering In line with government guidelines, all visitors must wear a face covering.
  • Designated route Staff will show you where to follow the designated route through our exhibitions. 
  • Keep your distance Please maintain a 2-metre distance from others not in your group.
  • Avoid other groups If an area feels busier than you would like, visit a room that is a little quieter.
  • Be kind to our staff They are working to keep us all safe!
  • If you display symptoms of Covid 19 Contact a member of staff immediately, and they will take you to a designated area where we can arrange for you to leave the museum safely.

Our Facilities

  • There is a buggy storage area on the ground floor, under the stairs beside the toilets. This area is not supervised and buggies are left at owners’ discretion.
  • Baby changing facilities are in the accessible toilet on the ground floor.
  • We do not have a cloakroom or locker facility in use in MoLI at this time.

See here for more about accessibility.

The MoLI Shop

The MoLI shop will be open from 10.30am to 6pm, Tuesday to Sunday (open until 7.30pm on Thursday). The shop is also open bank holiday Mondays. A haven for book lovers, the MoLI shop stocks a wonderful selection of Irish literature and poetry for all ages, as well as a meticulously curated selection of local handmade crafts. A gift wrapping service is also available for those last minute surprises!

The Commons Café

At garden level you will find the celebrated Commons Café which is open 10.30am to 5pm. Run by Irish food legends (and sisters) Domini and Peaches Kemp, the Commons Café is an all-day Irish kitchen and dining room, opening out onto our Courtyard Garden. Showcasing Ireland’s beautiful produce and culinary heritage, visitors can enjoy an array of award-winning breakfasts, lunches and early evening meals, freshly baked goods, specialty coffee from Roasted Brown, home-made juices and fermented drinks, and many wines from the glass from local boutique wine-shops.

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