The Original & Authentic Exhibition

The Ambassador Theatre, O’Connell St, Dublin

NOW OPEN, from 10am daily, 7 days a week until Saturday 15th October 2016


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Celebrate the Centenary by paying a visit to the must see REVOLUTION 1916 The Original & Authentic Exhibition in the Ambassador Theatre O’Connell St Dublin, now running. MUST CLOSE SATURDAY 15th OCTOBER 2016!

  • Tickets: Tickets on sale now via Ticketmaster here, or can be purchased at the venue box office.
  • Prices:
    Mondays to Fridays – Adults from €10, OAP/Students/Unwaged from €8, Under 16 from €5, Family ticket €28 for 2 adults & 2 kids. Children 4 or younger go free.
    Saturdays, Sundays  & Bank Holidays – Adults from €12, OAP/Students/Unwaged from €10, Under 16 from €6, Family ticket €32 for 2 adults & 2 kids. Children 4 or younger go free.
    Please note, Ticketmaster service charge not included. No extra charges payable when tickets bought at venue box office.
  • Early Bird Discount: We run a 2 for 1 deal 7 days a week for those who arrive between 10am and midday. This offer can be availed of at our box office when you arrive on the day, cannot be booked in advance via Ticketmaster.
  • Group Bookings: For groups over 8 people, please contact Ticketmaster Group Sales on 01 648 6029 or
  • Special Needs Bookings: Please see here for more info.
  • Times: NOW OPEN, from 10am daily, 7 days a week. Opens 10am, last entry 6pm. Must close Saturday 15th October.
  • Duration: Revolution 1916 is a self-guided exhibition, it includes a short documentary and two levels of exhibits. You walk around at your own pace, it should take approximately an hour but you can stay longer if you wish. The exhibition closes at 7pm daily, last entry at 6pm.
  • Parents, please note: no buggies are allowed inside the exhibition hall. We have a small buggy bay available in the lobby but this does get busy, so there are no guarantees of a place there.

A fitting location for the exhibition, The Ambassador Theatre was formerly the Rotunda Rink and dates back to 1764. It was here on 25th November 1913 that the Irish Volunteers held a mass meeting and many volunteers who took part in the 1916 Rising signed up.

During the 1916 Rising, the Ambassador was the backdrop for the famous image of British Soldiers posing with the captured Irish Republic flag held upside down and inside out. Beside the building is where the captured rebels from the G.P.O. and Four Courts garrisons were held out overnight at the front of the Rotunda.

The exhibition features the largest private collection of 1916 artefacts, with over 500 items on display, on loan from the Irish Volunteers Commemorative Organisation (IVCO). Exhibits will include an original 1916 Proclamation, uniforms from the Irish Volunteers, Cumann na mBan and na Fianna, 1916 weapons including Howth Mausers, German Lugers, Peter the Painter C96 machine pistol as favoured by Patrick Pearse, French Bayonets and even the actual door handle of the G.P.O. from 1916.

The exhibition uses the 1916 Proclamation as its overall theme and will examine the “six times during the past three hundred years they have asserted it in arms” as the lead up to the events of 1916. A series of sets will take the visitor through the main locations of the 1916 Rising including The G.P.O., Moore St, and recreating the 1916 Kilmainham landing and walk to the stonebreakers yard.

The role of The Irish and Fenian Republican Brotherhood since its formation in 1858 to the establishment of Sovereignty 60 years later after the 1918 elections will be presented in the exhibition. The ratification of the 1916 Proclamation by the First Dáil Éireann on 21st January 1919 with the Declaration of Independence will be featured along with the original sovereign seal.

“We have put together a special school tour package with student tickets priced at just €8 and each tour booking will receive study notes on the Easter Rising compiled by James Connolly Heron, the great grandson of 1916 leader James Connolly.” said Exhibition spokesperson Bartle D’Arcy. For groups of 10 or more students only. Teachers go free. This package can be booked in advance via Ticketmaster Group Sales on 01 648 6029 /, or at the Ambassador Box Office when you arrive on the day.

Demand for tickets for this must see exhibition will be high this year with Dublin set to have over four million overseas visitors alone. Tickets to the exhibition will be date stamped on the Easter Feast Weekend and for all anniversary dates relating to the Rising and will become a memento of your visit in the Centenary Year.

REVOLUTION 1916 The Original & Authentic Exhibition is now open, tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster or The Ambassador Box Office, and are priced from €15 with concessions for Students, OAP and the Unemployed.


Dates and Times: Open daily from 10.00am to 6pm from 27 February 2016 for a limited time only
Tickets: From €10 for adults / from €5 for children. Note ticket prices include booking fee
Ticket Outlets: Available from Ticketmaster now, and venue box office from 27 February.
Telephone bookings: Tel 24 hrs: 0818 719 300 (ROI) | Tel: 0844 277 4455 (N Ireland)

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