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Georgian House Museum - Number Twenty Nine, Dublin

Number Twenty Nine Lower Fitzwilliam Street, was first occupied in 1794, during by Mrs Olivia Beatty, the widow of a prominent Dublin wine merchant. Visiting the exhibition gives a chance to experience what life was like for the fortunate who lived in such elegant townhouses, and the less fortunate who worked in them.

Mrs. Beatty, nee Bell, was the mother of seven children and became a widow in 1794, at the age of 33. 1794 was also the year in which Maria, one of her seven children, died.

As her husband had left no will, it was through the estate of Edward Beatty Snr. that Olivia gained the means to support herself and her children. Over and above her marriage settlement she received the sum of £100 for life. Mrs. Beatty lived at Fitzwilliam Street until 1806.

In terms of interior design, Number Twenty Nine reflects the dominant architectural and decorative style of the period 1790-1820; the Neo Classical as epitomised by figures such Robert and James Adam and represented in Dublin by major landmarks such as the Custom House and Four Courts by architect James Gandon.

The emphasis of Neo Classical design is on the formal and on the sense in which all of the individual parts of a plan, be it a scheme for a room, or the façade of a building, if properly designed and proportioned will fit together to form a harmonious whole.

By the dawn of the 19th century however, greater variety was introduced into decoration and we see the introduction of a range of new styles into the Neo Classical, including the Empire Style frequently drawing inspiration from Egypt, the Neo Grecian style, illustrated by the Neo Grecian General Post Office designed by Francis Johnston. These trends amongst others can be seen in the pieces and decorative finishes of Number Twenty Nine.

The furniture, glassware, ceramics, and painting on display is mostly Irish from the late 18th century or early 19th century. To meet the rising demand of an expanding Dublin, manufacturers of luxury goods prospered in the city.

Opening Times

Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00am to 5:00pm.
Sunday 12:00pm to 5:00pm.

Closed every Monday, including Bank Holiday Mondays, Good Friday and for two weeks at Christmas.

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Ticket Prices

Admission Prices
Adults:€6.00
Students, Senior Citizens, Group Leaders, Unwaged: €3.00
Under 16: Free

Booking
Access to the exhibition is by guided tour only. Booking is essential for groups of 10+.

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Disabled Facilities

The companion of a disabled visitor is admitted free of charge on request.

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More Information

Telephone: 00 353 (0) 1 6618832
Email: numbertwentynine@esb.ie.

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29 Fitzwilliam Street, Lower,
Dublin 2,
Dublin

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