“The museum transforms public perception of cemeteries as modern places of burial, and turns an unexpected place, symbolic normally of stasis and decay, into a vibrant historically informative experience about life and lives.”
EMYA Judging Panel
The museum at Glasnevin cemetery explores the social, historical, political and artistic development of modern Ireland through the seven generations of people buried there.
Glasnevin Museum won the prestigious 2012 “European Museum of the Year” Kenneth Hudson Award (see Awards section).
The cemetery is the final resting place of a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ of Irish historical, political and artistic figures from the last 200 years, as well as over one million ordinary Irish men, women and children. Through the use of interactive media this immersive exhibition seeks to show the social, historical, political and artistic development of modern Ireland through the seven generations of people buried there.
A highlight of the museum is a unique, ten-metre long, interactive timeline table which contains the stories of almost 200 of the most interesting people buried in the cemetery. Each individual’s story is entered on the timeline at the date of their death and can be accessed by touching the surface of the table, allowing visitors to read a full biography as well as viewing relevant images, documents and film clips.
The City of the Dead includes the stories of gravediggers and body snatchers, burial practices and religious beliefs as well as presenting the meticulous archives, which records the details of every single person buried in the cemetery.
Winner of an EMYA 2012
Museums & Heritage Award 2011 International Museum Design
THEA Award 2011 Outstanding Achievement in a Museum
Winner of Digital Media Awards Grand Prix 2011
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