Number Twenty Nine: Georgian House Museum

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Number Twenty Nine: Georgian House Museum
Number Twenty Nine: Georgian House Museum is located in Central Dublin
Number Twenty Nine: Georgian House Museum
General information
Architectural styleGeorgian
Location29 Fitzwilliam Street Lower, Dublin, Ireland
Coordinates53°20′17″N 6°14′52″W / 53.33795°N 6.24765°W / 53.33795; -6.24765Coordinates: 53°20′17″N 6°14′52″W / 53.33795°N 6.24765°W / 53.33795; -6.24765
OwnerESB Group

Number Twenty Nine: Georgian House Museum is a preserved Georgian townhouse furnished to show how the house would have looked during the period of 1790 to 1820.


Number Twenty Nine's first occupant was Mrs Olivia Beatty, a widow of a local wine merchant, who lived there from 1794.[1] Beatty lived there until 1804, with the lease then taken up by banker Ponsonby Shaw. The ESB Group first took over the building in 1928, a year after the group's creation, and used the building as office until 1980. When the ESB was given permission to build office blocks facing James Street East and Baggot Street, it committed to restoring Number Twenty Nine.[2] The refurbished building was opened in 1991, during the year Dublin was European City of Culture.[3]

Current use[edit]

Number Twenty Nine is run by the ESB Group and the National Museum of Ireland since 1991. The rooms are furnished to reflect the history of the building from 1790 to 1820, showing how the residents and their servants lived.[1] A mix of replicas and authentic materials were used for the wallpaper and carpets. The furniture, fittings, and clothes are Georgian items from the National Museum's collection.[3] The tours take visitors from the basement to the attic, with paintings and sketches by Irish artists, and furniture by noted craftsmen of the time.[4]

The museum closed in 2017 to allow the construction of a new Head Office complex for ESB, the museum's owner, which is expected to take three years. A virtual tour available for viewing.


  1. ^ a b "Number Twenty Nine Georgian House Museum (Historic Building)". Irish Museums Association. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  2. ^ Barry, Aoife (17 February 2013). "Negotiations ongoing over future of Number 29 Georgian museum". The Journal. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b Canavan, Tony (2008). "Museum Eye". History Ireland. 16 (1). Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  4. ^ The Liffey Press (2006). The Museums of Ireland: A Celebration. Dublin: The Liffey Press. pp. 99–103. ISBN 1904148883.

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