Journey Back In Time At Number Twenty Nine
Discover what life was like beyond the elegant doors of Georgian Dublin
Get ready to be transported back to Georgian Dublin with a visit to Number Twenty Nine, Dublin’s Georgian House Museum. Magnificently restored by ESB in partnership with the National Museum of Ireland, Number Twenty Nine is the jewel in the crown of Georgian Dublin. Enjoy the history of this elegant house, a perfect time capsule of Dublin home life from 17901820. Discover two worlds under one roof and experience what life was like for the fortunate who lived in the city’s elegant townhouses and the less fortunate who worked in them.
Life beneath the stairs
Venture into the basement where the servants toiled and get a taste of the hustle and bustle of life below the stairs. Retrace the steps of the scullery maid who laboured long and hard for up to 16 hours daily and was paid a penny a day for her eﬀorts. Listen out for the bells used by the Lady of the House to summon the servants upstairs.
Dining with the Georgians
Step into a diﬀerent world as you move upstairs and enter the decorative surrounds of the Dining Room which is elaborately set for dessert – the high point of any Georgian dinner party.
18th Century Entertaining
In the elegant Drawing Rooms on the first floor, the scene is set for fashionable visitors to take tea and play card games. The perfect entertaining space, these rooms are lavishly decorated in a most inviting manner. Soak up the opulent atmosphere created by the original plasterwork, marble fireplaces, sparkling chandeliers and the impressive collection of paintings on display.
Time to rest
Despite the busy social life that most wealthy families enjoyed, rest and relaxation were an important part of daily life. The Master Bedroom on the third floor boasts an impressive fourposter bed and an eighteenth century exercise machine. Discover how leisurely mornings were spent by the Lady of the House in her private Boudoir, an elegant, light and feminine space – the height of fashion and taste.
Childhood in Georgian
Dublin Tucked away in the attic, the children’s quarters reveal what life was like for children growing up in middle-class families. Fascinating teaching aids and toys oﬀer a glimpse into how children were raised and educated within the home. Take a peek into the dollhouses, furnished with unique miniature antiques – a must see for all visitors to Number Twenty Nine.
Additional educational resources include:
– Introductory film
– Interactive Kiosks
– Informative storyboards throughout the exhibition
– Knowledgeable guides who bring the story of the house to life
– Educational worksheets
Number Twenty Nine is open from mid -February to mid- December (Closed Good Friday). Visitors can enjoy the exhibition on a self-guided basis, however there are also two daily guided tours provided. The first tour is at 11am and reserved for groups. Groups wishing to avail of this tour must book in advance, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). The second tour is at 3pm daily. This is a public tour and is oﬀered on a first come basis, thus cannot be pre-booked.
Number Twenty Nine hosts a range of fun family events throughout the year including workshops, talks and open days. One of the highlights in our calendar of events this year was the Electric Ireland Spark Your Imagination Science workshops which were run in conjunction with the Laya City Spectacular Festival in Merrion Square. We also enjoy some festive fun at Christmas when Santa makes his annual visit. Please check our website for more details on upcoming events.