With the generous support of the National Library of Ireland, the Joyce Centre is the permanent home to highlights from the Library’s 2004-2006 landmark James Joyce & Ulysses exhibition. Through interactive installations and three films, you may delve into the novel, its historical backdrop, its publishing controversies and learn more about Joyce’s life.
Throughout the year, the Centre’s temporary and permanent exhibitions interpret and illuminate various aspects of Joyce’s life and work.
Based on contemporary accounts, the Joyce Study gives an impression of the circumstances in which the Joyces lived while Joyce was working on Ulysses in Trieste, Zurich and Paris from 1914 to 1922.
Interactive computer installations allow visitors to explore the content of Ulysses episode by episode, and to explore Joyce’s biography year by year.
Furniture from the apartment of Paul Léon, Joyce’s friend and advisor. In Léon’s apartment Joyce met with many friends and supporters and worked on translations of parts of Finnegans Wake.
The Family Tree of Ulysses in Print provides information on the many editions of Ulysses from the first edition, published by Shakespeare & Company on 2 February 1922, to the editions available in bookstores today.
A copy of Joyce’s death mask by sculptor Paul Speck is also on view.
Three documentary films (each 10 – 12 minutes long) detail the controversy over Ulysses, the relationship between Joyce and the National Library of Ireland, and Joyce’s contemporary legacy.
The Dead Room celebrates this beloved story from James Joyce’s Dubliners.
The original front-door from No. 7 Eccles Street (Leopold Bloom’s home in Ulysses) is on display in the yard at the back of the house.