Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visited EPIC as part of their two-day trip around Dublin. So, what is the interactive museum all about? Journalist Ali Spillane found out.
Listen to Ali speak with Taragh Loughrey-Grant on The LifeStyle Show above.
Located in the basement of Dublin's CHQ, EPIC is the world's only fully digital museum.
"People are at the heart of Epic," Museum Curator, Nathan Mannion, explains. The museum which was opened 2 years ago by former president Mary Robinson, tells the story of the 10 million people who've left the country over the last 1,500 years and the 70 million people all over the world who claim Irish heritage.
The museum includes over 300 stories of Irish emigrants, "over 70 of whom are still alive today."
Tours are self-guided, although guided tours are available. Multilingual audio guides are available for just €1 or on a free to download app. Your passport acts as your guide through the interactive adventure as you collect stamps at each stage.
Epic is unique in that it is a museum without artefacts, instead, it tells fascinating stories of personal successes, heartbreak and turmoil in a fun and engaging way by use of interactive exhibitions.
As a visitor, you can fully immerse yourself in the journey and take part in the story as you wander through the motivations, struggles and celebrations of emigration.
The exhibitions are particularly child-friendly as they involve lots of audience participation but the stories appeal to people of all ages. The passport which acts as your map through the museum allows you to send a digital postcard to yourself or a loved one on completion of the journey.
Commissioned artwork and sculpture further enhance the sensual experience. One particular piece by Ellie McNamara, depicting the ways by which people have left Irish shores is striking.
Nathan makes a point of mentioning that Epic stands for Every Person is Connected and it certainly stays true to this ideal.
Tickets and Prices
Children under 5 go free to Epic and family packages are available (2 adults and 2 children) for €35.
Tickets can be purchased in the museum or online.
Located along the quays at CHQ, Epic is on the red Luas line, lots of Dublin bus routes, it's walking distance from O' Connell Street and parking is available at the IFSC.
Why not make a day of it?
Invest in a Dublin Pass and add more activities to your visit to the Big Smoke.
If you want to stick with history but take it outdoors why not visit Glasnevin Cemetery. Find information about everything you'll need to know here.
After you've uncovered the hidden tales of the 1.6 million people buried there and climbed the top of the O' Connell Tower, you can enjoy the unique beauty of The National Botanic Gardens right next door.