National Museum of Ireland - Country Life

Turlough Park, Castlebar, Mayo
Tel:094-9031755

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The award winning Museum, a branch of the National Museum of Ireland, is all about discovering the story of Irish country life between 1850 and 1950.

This is a history which older visitors will remember clearly and enjoy reminiscing on.

This national collection is displayed over four floors in the Museum Galleries and includes original artefacts and displays, captivating archival video footage and interactive screens. Discover the lives of our very recent ancestors through agriculture, fishing and hunting, clothing and textiles, furniture and fittings, trades and crafts, transport, calendar customs, leisure and religion.

Eye-catching displays include handcrafted harvest knots and wickerwork, spinning wheels and boats, traditional clothing, the hand operated machinery our grandparents used and even a life size blacksmith’s forge attracting scores of goggle-eyed children.  Admission to the Museum is free.A carefully selected programme of temporary exhibitions catches the public imagination, and has included everything from evocative children’s toys to souvenir tourist posters and meteorites.

The Museum runs a constantly changing programme of workshops, events and festivals for adults, families and schools. This helps raise awareness of the Museum collection and the associated traditional crafts, customs and traditions. The regular agenda consists of talks, demonstrations and performances as well as hands-on art and craft workshops. The Museum willingly arranges tailored programmes for groups.

For general enquiries, contact us by email tpark@museum or Tel: +353 94 903 1755

MUSEUM SHOP:

Visit the Museum shop for all your shopping needs.  It’s a great place to pick up presents with the added benefit of buying Irish.

The craft section is a real winner with its elegant scarves and blankets as well as gorgeous jewellery, pottery and hand turned wood. Browsing the book section is an entertainment in itself – but it’s also a handy place to find that perfect gift.  Not forgetting the kids with a wide range of arts and crafts to suit all ages. Tel: 094 90 31767 or E-mail: shoptp@museum.ie

MUSEUM CAFE:

Visit the Museum Café for a wide variety of tasty and seasonal meals and snacks. Enjoy our freshly baked produce and speciality teas and coffees; the perfect complement to your museum visit. For queries and bookings contact the Museum Café: 094 928 9972 

Admission free

  • Museum fully wheelchair accessible
  • Parking on site

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Opening hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
10:00 am
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5:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am
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5:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am
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5:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am
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5:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am
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5:00 pm
Sunday
2:00 pm
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5:00 pm

Latitude: 53.883986

Longitude: -9.212476