Number Twenty Nine Georgian House Museum can be found at 29 Fitzwilliam Street Lower, Dublin 2. It is adjacent to Merrion Square on Lower Fitzwilliam and since 1991 has been showcasing the history of the Georgian Era in Dublin to the public. Visitors take a guided or self-guided tour from basement to attic and browse rooms furnished with artifacts dating from 1790 to 1820. The tour takes nearly two hours, and storyboards show visitors the artistic and leisure activities of the upper middle class in Georgian Dublin, who lived in elegant townhouses, and the lower class, who worked for them and managed the day-to-day operations.
The Georgian Era
Georgian Dublin is a description of a certain building style used for public and private buildings from 1714, which was the beginning of the reign of King George I of England and Ireland to the death of King George IV in 1830. Georgian denotes the reign of the four Georges. Several streets in this section of Dublin display the beautifully designed Georgian architecture homes so coveted by the wealthy Dubliners.
The house was first occupied in 1794 by the widow of a prominent wine merchant, along with her seven children. Olivia Beatty (nee Bell) remained there until 1806. The lease was next taken up by a banker by the name of Mr. Ponsonby Shaw, great uncle of one of Ireland's most famous writers George Bernard Shaw.
Visiting Number Twenty Nine
The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM and Sundays from Noon to 5 PM, April through October. Four guided tours are conducted during regular hours, daily.