Dublin Culture Night 2012

The annual Dublin Culture Night features popular historic and cultural venues open late on a Friday evening.  Our excursion on Culture Night in 2012 centered around Merrion Square and St. Stephen's Green.  We stopped in the National Library of Ireland and admired the impressive reading room.
Ornate cherubs sat atop the bookshelves.
Next up, we stopped at the Royal Hibernian Academy for more modern art.  I liked these plastic dolmens -- one was inflatable, one looked like pizza.  These were in sharp contrast to the real stone structures prominent in the west of Ireland.
The entrance to the Goethe Institute was decked out with balloons.
Inside, we admired the stucco ceilings prominent in Georgian Dublin.
The Irish Traditional Music Archive was also open and featured a large group of performers in the upstairs library.

We finished off the night at the Royal College of Physicians.  The grand entrance featured a soothing green color and ornate stucco flourishes.
Prominent physicians watched over the audience.
Graduation regalia including a silver scepter was on display.
I even had the chance to don kid gloves and leaf through a 300 year old anatomy book!
The wooden ceiling in that room was impressive.
We ended our tour in the medical library.
Dusty old volumes attesting to the grand history of medicine were on display.
We definitely appreciated the opportunity to explore some of Dublin's well-known and lesser-known museums and landmarks for Culture Night 2012!

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