Ireland’s first wax museum was set up in 1804 by the famous Madame Tussaud and has had many reincarnations since. It is now one of the most popular visitor attractions in Dublin. It has moved from its original location in Shakespeare’s Gallery in Exchequer Street in 1804 to The Armoury building on College Green home to the former Central Bank of Ireland to O’Connell bridge where it remains today at the epicentre of the city.
The National Wax Museum re-located to The Lafayette Building in Westmoreland Street in 2017. The attraction was re-imagined and re-designed to offer an interactive visitor experience. After being closed for some years, it was time for a change. With a new venue, the museum was never going to simply return to what it was, the time had arrived to create a new visitor experience. The museum has been re-imagined as the National Wax Museum Plus. It now offers all of the wax figures which gave the original its charm, but also many other additional exhibits. The addition of the Plus to the name, indicated that the museum was to be more than just wax. Many exhibits were added, which stepped outside the world of wax into the realm of interactive exhibits. The museum now also features the Time Vaults of Irish History and Mythology. This area recreates Ireland’s cultural heritage down through the ages. Visitors can get up close and personal with a huge array of historical figures. Become completely immersed in Irish Historical with an experience of sight, sound and smell.