The tour at the Dvblinia museum takes you through the Middle Ages in Dublin with the aid of a "personal guide" in the form of a Walkman. Large format paintings and scenes with lifelike, live size dolls illustrate the different passages in Dublins history. Several different languages were spoken in Dublin at one time: Priests spoke Latin, merchants a kind of English that would not be understandable today, people of the aristocracy spoke a kind of French and so on. We are told about the black death, spread through rats and fleas and killing one third of the population between 1348-1351. The phrase "bring out your dead" echoed on the streets of Dublin every day as men with carts collected the bodies. Naturally, the conflict between Ireland and Britain comes up repeatedly, and sometimes the Irish way of showing their miscontent with the British developed strange forms, for example when a 10 year old boy was dubbed King of England in Christchurch cathedral. That did not turn out so well for the poor boy who was captured in battle and ended up as a simple servant, supposedly for life, to the "real" king of England.

Magnus Olofsson and Benjamin Muschko

Guinness Brewery
A visit to the Guinness brewery founded in 1799 should be included in every cultural trip to Dublin. The most famous beer to Irelandīs people and of course Dublinīs inhabitants is produced near Christchurch cathedral in a very huge complex of red-tiled brewery buildings. The smell of fresh roasted barley sneaking through the air announces trespassers the existence of these "holy halls". The visitor is led through six floors representing several stages of Guinnessīs history, tradition and production. Forced by the stunning and clever multimedial exhibition of information conquering nearly all human senses one is trapped in itīs legend for hours. Beginning with the presentation of the pure incrediants of Dublinīs creamy barley juice the very stylish designed tour offers itīs participants to touch, smell and hear how they work together to create the unique taste of this beer. The mix of the modern flair of new media and the restorated original factory takes the visitor back to former times when the drink was handmade. Nowadays, the production process is mostly automated but didnīt loose itīs quality. The upper floors show how the typical Guinness tradition was developed. Commericals and merchandising can be viewed. The highlight of the tour of course is the lounge located on the highest floor of the building. Above all itīs glass fassade gives a beautiful sight over Dublin. Relax, sit down and drink a pint of Guinness…as usual. To keep the memory alive the merchandising shop on the first floor offers every kind of official fan equipment.

Benjamin Muschko

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