EPIC is an independently owned museum, founded by Neville Isdell, former chairman and Chief Executive of The Coca-Cola Company, who was born in County Down. During 2015, an advisory group was put together to seek advice from on the advancement of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. In Might 2016, EPIC was formally opened by previous President of Ireland Mary Robinson.
EPIC is located in the vaults of CHQ Building, a noted building initially known as Stack A and integrated in 1820 by John Rennie and finished by Thomas Telford; it was used as a bonded custom-mades storage facility for tobacco and wine. CHQ was conserved and brought back by the DDDA in the early 2000s.
The exhibit was developed and established by a London-based professional museum style consultancy called Event Communications that had likewise designed the award-winning Titanic Belfast destination. At its opening in 2016, the Irish Independent reported that Isdell has actually invested Euro 15 million in the project, which “my experience was of a vibrant series of 20 galleries slickly fitted with at times breathtakingly immersive technology-driven displays”.
The Irish Times explained EPIC as “the world’s first completely digital museum and had 120,000 visitors in its first year”, when it was nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award in 2018. EPIC went on to win the World Travel Awards for Europe’s Leading Traveler Attraction in 2019.
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum lies in Dublin’s Docklands which covers the history of the Irish diaspora and emigration to other nations. It was developed by the London-based design firm Event Communications and was voted as “Europe’s Leading Tourist attraction” at the 2019 World Travel Awards.
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