The Irish Rock 'N' Roll Museum Experience, Dublin

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Bang in the heart of Dublin’s cultural quarter Temple Bar, the experience encompasses all things weird and wonderful related to the vibrant Irish music industry over the past 30 years.Visitors get an opportunity to go behind the scenes of a real life working music venue and recording facilities.

The Irish Rock n' Roll Museum Experience explores the development of Irish Rock presented against the intriguing historic backdrop of the area, and its people’s need for a creative space to make, rehearse and perform music. Tracing Irish Rock and the Irish music scene in general, from the 1970’s to the present day, the tour features stories revolving around an eclectic range of both Irish and international artists such as The Pogues, The Frames, U2, Thin Lizzy and Sinead O'Connor. Developing from furious passion, humble beginnings and the dilapidated rooms of Temple Lane Rehearsals into the Temple Bar Music Centre and the Temple Bar Cultural Trust - this tour and museum encompasses the complete history of the area’s people, energy, personality, growth and progress.

Visitors receive an access all areas pass with a ticket to explore backstage at the renowned Button Factory venue, behind the Wall of Fame and to the recording studios where Glen Hansard’s Oscar Award–winning film Once was filmed and where the likes of Christy Moore, Rihanna, Will.I.Am and The Script have recorded. Tour a working live music venue and recording facilities, which host the largest sound desk in the country, Apollo Studio. Discover never before told stories from behind the studios and scenes backstage. Delve into a museum packed with memorabilia from one of a kind handwritten lyrics to vintage Michael Jackson tour jackets. Interact with fellow music lovers.

Since the 1970’s, the international acclaim and success of Irish musicians and bands has been growing exponentially. From Horslips and Thin Lizzy to The Boomtown Rats and U2, Irish rock music has triumphed through the years. With the likes of Hozier shooting to phenomenal global fame this year, the international audience have come to learn that Irish music is only going in one direction – upwards. In conjunction with Sound Training College, the venues in Temple Bar continue to encourage and lead young artists to aspire to greatness within the industry. With graduates like rising techno star Matador going on to do incredible things, music continues to be empowered by Dublin’s Temple Bar area and its artistic culture.

The Irish Rock n' Roll Museum Experience is a reflection of the national and international acclaim that Irish musicians have achieved. It recognises Temple Bar as a birthplace of Irish Rock, with Temple Lane Rehearsals being one of the very first underground musical hubs for young bands in Dublin’s city centre in the 80’s. It also celebrates the area and music venues for hosting, supporting and inspiring iconic international acts.

Whether you love music, culture, history, or craic – The Irish Rock n' Roll Museum Experience is not to be missed!
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  • We stumbled upon this hidden spot. I won't call it a gem as there were some Irish muscians who were "glossed over" that if you blinked during the film, you'd miss them. I am a huge U2 fan and they wer...  more »
  • Alan gave us the best tour and commentary in the most iconic location in Dublin. If you haven’t been there, you have missed the best tourist attraction locally.  more »
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  • Awesome place to visit for music fans. Was on a mini break with my son and we both loved it. Brian, our guide, really knows his stuff and engaged everyone. Fabulous experience, thank you 🤗
  • Had an amazing tour, with Allan as our guide. He was very informative and also has a great sense of humour. We learned a lot about the Irish music scene, and were exceptionally lucky to watch two musicians from Barcelona, part of our touring group, perform U2’s One Love. Happy we chose this from the many available attractions in Dublin, and would definitely recommend!
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