Dublin's EPIC Museum, the innovated and wildly popular immersive exhibition on emigration from Ireland, has been nominated World's Leading Tourist Attraction in the World Travel Awards 2019.
The museum, which has been a hit with visitors and Irish people alike, is competing against 14 world finalists including The Great Wall of China, The Taj Mahal, Table Mountain and Machu Picchu.
The museum, which opened in 2016 in the CHQ building, delves into Ireland's history of emigration, bringing to life the storied past of the country and the 10 million people who left it, illuminating their journeys, why they made them and where they went.
The exhibition includes interactive features such as video galleries you can swipe through, motion sensor quizzes that walk you through history and remastered audio clips from 100, ensuring the voices of those gone before us are alive and well.
You can try your hand at Irish dancing, reflect on the Irish ancestry of a number of high profile politicians and learn all about the famine and how it drove Irish people to far-flung places.
The building itself is a notable piece of history, formerly known as Stack A, or the Tobacco Store, and was built between 1817 and 1820 to store valuable cargoes of tobacco, tea and spirits. Designed by father and son duo John Rennie and John Rennie Jnr, the vaulted rooms of the buildings had the largest pre-20th-century clear floor space in Dublin city.
Aileesh Carew, Director of Sales and Marketing at EPIC, is confident that they can bring the globally prestigious title back to Ireland.
"The reaction we have experienced since winning the award of Europe's Leading Tourist Attraction earlier this year has been a real reflection of the esteem our visitors and partners hold our museum in. We tell the stories of the Irish emigration experience with dignity and care and this is reflected in the thousands of positive reviews our visitors have left us over the past three years."
It was carefully restored in the early 2000s and then bought by the former chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola Ireland, Neville Isdell, to be converted into a prominent attraction in the Docklands.
The awards are entering their 26th year, and is recognised as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the global industry. This isn't the first time an Irish finalist has been up for the gong, as Titanic Belfast won the award in 2016, and Spike Island was a finalist in 2017 and 2018. Previous winners include Machu Picchu and the Las Vegas Strip.
Voting closes on 20 October, and you can vote for them here.