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Charity number: 20205452

Changing the narrative

The Museum of Childhood Ireland is breaking new ground by reimagining what it means to be a “Museum of Childhood.” 

There exist museums of childhood which focus on toys and nostalgia; there are also children’s museums and arts organisations offering various activities based on educational, scientific principles and arts practices, and there are social history museums that address some aspects of childhood from the historical perspective. 

The Museum of Childhood Ireland instead adopts a wide-angle approach to childhood that is both islandwide and international in scope. As there is no singular narrative that captures childhood experiences in Ireland, we present an inclusive and holistic view of historical and contemporary childhood to inspire critical reflection and stimulate important and timely conversations about childhood in all its complex forms.

Over the last three decades, the varied history of children and childhood in Ireland has come to the fore of our collective cultural consciousness in ways that are too frequently dark and deeply disturbing. We are in many important ways still coming to terms with the legacy of the outdated belief that “children should be seen and not heard.” At the Museum of Childhood Ireland we believe that all children should be seen and heard, and we provide a prominent platform for child and youth voice. Our primary objective in establishing the museum is to lead in creating a new vision for the way in which children are cherished and respected in Irish society.

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Photo: Museum of Childhood, Ireland. Detail from a child’s dress.