About The GPO

The General Post Office / GPO in Dublin is the headquarters of An Post, the Irish Post Office, and Dublin's principal post office. Sited in the centre of O'Connell Street, the city's main thoroughfare, it is one of Ireland's most famous buildings, and was the last of the great Georgian public buildings erected in the capital.

On 6 January 1818, the new post-office in Sackville Street (now O'Connell Street) was opened for business.

During the Easter Rising of 1916, the GPO served as the headquarters of the uprising's leaders. It was from outside this building on the 24th of April 1916, that Patrick Pearse read out the Proclamation of the Irish Republic.

The building was destroyed by fire in the course of the rebellion, save for the granite facade, and not rebuilt until 1929, by the Irish Free State government. An original copy of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic was displayed in the museum at the GPO. The museum was closed at the end of May 2015 and replaced by a new visitor centre to commemorate the 1916 Rising, 'GPO Witness History', in March 2016. The building has remained a symbol of Irish nationalism.

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Visiting The General Post Office

GPO Witness History Museum is located within the historic GPO in Dublin City Centre. Our guides will bring you on an emotional journey that brings the personalities behind the tales to life, sharing the stories of all the people who were affected by the Rising – Rebels, Crown Forces, Postal Workers and Civilians alike. Join us every day at 11:00 and 14:30 (Sundays at 14:30 only) and witness history like you’ve never seen it before. Patrons are welcome to enjoy our exhibition at their own leisure after the tour. You can also relax with a great cup of tea/coffee and a delicious selection of sandwiches and cakes in our café.

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GPO Witness History Museum is an immersive, interactive and engaging experience telling the story of the 1916 Easter Rising and Modern Irish History.

GPO Witness History is a permanent visitor attraction located within the historic GPO (General Post Office) building on O’Connell Street, Dublin. The experience is one of the newest Dublin Museums and it is one of the top attractions to explore. Free audio guides available in six different languages, subject to availability. GPO Witness History Museum is located within the historic GPO in Dublin City Centre.

History will come to life as you experience events from both sides of the conflict and through the eyes of bystanders caught in the crossfire through electronic touch screens, video, audio visual booths, sound and authentic artefacts – many previously unseen. You will be immersed in the action as you compose newspaper reports, examine the original copy of the Proclamation and send Morse code to declare the Irish Republic by radio.

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