Small, but with 80.000 visitors per year
The Little Museum is Dublin's only city museum. It's only three years old, but attracts 80.000 visitors every year. On three floors it houses treasures from contemporary urban history - from the sofa to the Trabi, which played an important role in a U2 video.
The motto, according to which the composer Simon O'Connor, now the museum curator, and the writer Trevor Withe, today director, the museum have established: as independent as possible and do not spend money.
Help through the recession
In the process, how many artists and designers on the island benefited from the recession. "The building on Stephens Green in Dublin's center belonged to the city and was empty at the time - we took it over two rooms and finally the whole building," says curator Simon, grinning.
Also the exhibits, mostly from the 20. Century, found for free in the museum: "We have started in the media a call for exhibits and received a lot of encouragement," he says.
This has also made the museum very well known - another secret of success of the two: Their network is very large, it reaches into important positions of the city.
Therefore, Simon is also not afraid that the building could be taken away from him: "We involved the right people and the city understood that we are actually doing their job here, because Dublin did not have a city museum before," said the curator.
Culture to touch
Both operate their original artistic activity only side by side, the museum has long been a full-time job. It is the original one Conceptwho makes the project successful:
Visitors can not only look at the exhibits but also use them, for example sitting on the sofas, drinking tea or reading the old books. We wanted from the beginning that the museum is also a place where people meet, "explains Simon.
Citizen proximity that pays off: The funding comes from entrance fees, but not only: "We get a little support from the Department of Art, have support members, hold readings and concerts and rent the rooms for corporate events," says Simon, explaining: "Our advantage is that we can do what we want, these freedoms would not have a state museum. "
Yes, of course, one or the other will argue that even the Little Museum receives some state funding. What I liked about the project, however, was that the creators did not just look for a financing, but just have started with little resources, but a lot of social impact - a setting that me in many German StartUps especially in the cultural field little goes off.
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