Abbeyleix Heritage Museum
At north end of Abbeyleix in stone building on N8
Tel. 0 57 873 0059
Information on the village of Abbeyleix; in historc boys’ school; history of Abbeyleix and Laois; photos, documents, artefacts; coffee shop.
Adare Heritage and Visitor Centre
Adare, Main Street
Tel. 061 396666
Tours of Adare castle, restaurant, craft shops, Tourist Information Office.
An Dun Transport and Heritage Museum
Tel. 0902 30106
Collection of historic tranport vehicles.
An Tsean Bheairic (Falcarragh Visitor Centre)
Tel. 074 918 0888
Former police station houses Donegal Visitor Resource Centre with history and culture displays; Tourist Information Centre; cafe (also open Sun); AV presentation
Web: Falcarragh Visitor Centre
Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall
13 Society St, Derry
Built in 1877 and enlarged in 1937. In the listed building is a museum with local items.
Aran Heritage Centre
Kilronan, Inishmore, Aran Island
Tel. 099 61355
Displays about the Aran Islands.
Ardagh Heritage Centre
In village of Ardagh in old schoolhouse
Tel. 0 86 302 7602
Village history exhibition.
Arklow Maritime Museum
Bridgewater Centre, Arklow
Tel. 0 89 442 6987
Items relating to the maritime history of Arklow include models, plans, paintings.
Armagh County Museum
The Mall East, Armagh
Tel. 028 3752 3070
Collection of natural history items, costumes, ceramics, household items, reference library, photos.
Athenry Arts and Heritage Centre
Atheny, in the square in former church
Tel. 091 844661
AV and displays of local history.
Athlone Castle Museum
Tel. 090 647 2107 or 090 649 2912
AV presentation, history, folk, and military museums; TIC; tea-room.
Athy Heritage Centre
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Emily Square, Athy, in town hall
Tel. 0 59 863 3075
History of Athy; exhibition on polar explorer Ernest Shackelton
Web: Athy Heritage Centre
Dillon House, town square, Ballaghaderreen
Tel. 094 9860118
Household equipment and farm implements and crafts.
Ballinamuck Visitor Centre
In Ballinamuck village in Old Garda barracks.
Tel. 043 24848
Details of famous battle involving the historic town.
Ballitore Quaker Museum
Ballitore, in town library
Tel. 353 59 862 3344
Local Quaker artefacts and memorabilia in village founded by the Quakers.
18th century courthouse, Ballycastle
Tel. 028 207 62942
Folk and social history museum of the glens.
Ballymoney Heritage Centre and Museum
33 Charlotte St, Ballymoney
Tel. 028 2766 2280
Local heritage centre.
Tel. 053 93 83 189
Picture gallery, farm display, buildings that include church, farmyard, castle site, holy well.
Baltinglass Heritage Centre
Tel. 0 508 82270
History of surrounding areas; Tourist Information Centre.
Belturbet Railway Visitor Centre
Railway Rd, Belturbet Station, Belturbet
Tel. 049 952 2074
Restoration of the original railway station; railway museum.
Birr Castle Demesne and Historic Science Centre
Birr, reached by the N52
Tel. 0 5791 20336
Pergola garden; millennium gardens; over 1000 tree and shrub species; formal gardens; walks; lake; waterfall; river; Victorian fernery; magnolias in spring; animal and bird habitats; science centre with focus on astronomy, photography and engineering; café; shop; garden centre; parking; events
Web: Birr Castle
Tel. 066 915 6444 or 066 915 6371
Tells the story of the Blasket islands and their people; bookshop; café; AV presentation; coffee shop; car park.
Two miles south of Tralee, Kerry (north).
Tel. 066 712 1064 or 066 712 7777 for opening times.
Exhibition on emigration, craft workshops, restaurant.
Bog Village Museum
Halfway between Killorglin and Glenbeigh on Ring of Kerry route
Tel. 066 976 9184
Braid Museum and Arts Centre
Ballymena Town Hall, Museum, and Arts Centre
1-29 Bridge Street
Ballymena, Antrim BT43 5EJ
Tel. 028 2565 7161
Showcases local and regional history in museum area; history gallery explores identity, people, and place of mid-Antrim; art gallery; also a conference centre, auditorium; arts workshops; exhibitions, festivals, and events; tourist information centre; civic facilities. Site has evolved from former listed town hall; café.
Bray Heritage Centre
Bray, on Main street in old courthouse
Tel. 01 286 6796
Exhibition covering 1000 years of local history; operating model railway; Tourist Information Centre. History of Bray, folklore room, exhibition gallery.
Brian Boru Heritage Centre
Killaloe, on river banks
Tel. 061 376866 or 061 360788
Exhibition on Brian Boru.
Brookeborough Vintage Cycle Museum
64 Main St, Brookeborough
Tel. 028 8953 1206
100 cycles and toys and other items of memorabilia, including household and farm machinery.
Tel. 065 708 8030 for further information
Exhibition and film on the Burren takes a time journey from the past to the present history of the area, both man-made and natural; craft shop; tea-room; parking
Web: Burren Centre
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Kilkenny Castle grounds, Kilkenny
Tel. 0 56 61106
Changing exhibitions of art work.
Caherciveen Heritage Centre
Tel. 066 947 2777
story of both the ancient and Christian past of the Iveragh peninsula.
Canal Heritage Centre and Art Gallery
Heritage centre, art, barge tours on the canal available.
Cape Clear Heritage Centre
Cape Clear Island, 8 miles off south coast of Cork from Skibbereen
Tel. 028 39119 or 021 4893638
Restored schoolhouse with exhibits relating to folk, farm, and maritime island life.
Carlingford Holy Trinity Centre
Teach Eolais, Old Quay Lane, Carlingford
In restored medieval church
Tel. 042 937 3454 or 042 937 3888
Town history diplays and information
Carlow County Museum
College Street, accessed from Carolow tourist office
Tel. 059 9131554
19th and 20th century domestic layouts; 5000 artefacts include natural history specimens, stone and bronze age archaeological objects, coins, medals, stamps, religious objects, military and police artefacts and memorabilia, agricultural implements, trade, craft and industrial items, sporting memorabilia, and photographs and archival material.
Carraig Craft Visitor Centre and Basketry Museum
Tel. 049 854 0179
AV presentation, craft shop, coffee shop, TIC.
Carrick-on-Sir Heritage Centre
Main Street, Carrick-on-Sir
Tel. 051 640200
Local artefacts in former church, gravestones.
Carrickmacross Lace Gallery
Market Square, Carrickmacross, Monaghan
Tel. 042 966 2506 or 042 966 2088.
Cashel Heritage Centre
City Hall, Main St, Cashel
Tel. 062 61333
Exhibitions on the town, guided walking tours.
13 Castle St, Lisburn
Tel. 028 92 601094
Works of Irish artists on view (may be purchased)
Web: Castle Gallery
Castlecomer Discovery Park and Coal Mining Museum
Estate Yard, Castlecomer
15kms north of Kilkenny city on the N78, just outside Castlecomer Town
Tel. 056 444 0707
In former gardens and stableyards of Wandesforde Estate; interactive multimedia display tracing history of coal formation and mining in the area; models; displays; fossils; artefacts; AV presentations; 80 acres of woodlands with pathways; angling lakes; rare animals in former walled garden; playground; cafe; picnic area; shop; craftspeople; parking
Web: Discovery Park
Castlederg Visitor Centre
26 Lower Strabane Road, Castlederg
Tel. 028 8167 0795
Exhibits and displays on the local area.
Tel. 044 61555 or 044 66168
3500 artefacts of household and agricultural interest.
Castlerea Railway Museum
Main Street Castlerea, in a locomotive
Tel 094 962 0181
Museum and food bar.
Cavan County Museum
Virginia Rd, Ballyjamesduff
Tel. 049 854 4070
In extensive grounds; exhibition galleries on the heritage of Cavan county; rare artefacts on display; folk life gallery; art shows; tea-room; craft shop; playground; parking
Web: Cavan County Museum
Cavanacor Historic House and Gallery
Tel. 074 914 1143
Furnished 17th century historic house offering tours in the summer; art gallery exhibiting emerging and established national and international artists; six exhibitions per year; limited edition prints available
Web: Cavanacor Historic House and Gallery
Cill Rialaig Arts Centre
Ballinskelligs, Kerry (south)
Tel. 066 947 9297 or 066 947 9277
Art gallery, shop, café, workshops, and exhibitions in a thatched building.
Clare Heritage Centre
Church St, Corofin
Tel. 065 6837955
Heritage centre museum in 1700s church; tells story of 19th century Ireland; professional genealogical research
Web: Clare Heritage Centre
Ennis, in town centre
Tel. 0 65 682 3382
Exhibition on Clare encompassing 6000 years of history; AV presentation; shop; special events
Web: Clare Museum
Clew Bay Heritage Centre
Westport, at the harbour along Westport quay
Tel. 098 25711 or 098 26852
Tourist Information Office, local history museum.
Coach And Carriage Museum
Fivemiletown to B122, right at first junction
Tel. 028 8952 1221
1825 London to Oxford stagecoach, 1790 carriage 1910 buggy; costumes, horse-drawn farm machinery.
Cobh, the Queenstown Story
Cobh, in Victorian railway station
Tel. 021 481 3591
Displays and presentations on maritime history and history of emigration; restaurant; shop; parking
Web: Cobh Heritage
Note: busy sight, go early if possible; allow minimum one hour.
Colmcille (St Columbo) Heritage Centre
Tel. 07491 37306
Exhibition on St Columba, display on manuscript making; restaurant, nature walks.
Connemara Heritage and History Centre
Lettershea, Clifden, Connemara, on the N59
Tel. 0 95 21808
Details of local Irish history and culture; AV presentation; reconstructed homestead; craft shop; tea-room; parking
Web: Connemara Heritage and History Centre
Cookstown Old Station
48 Molesworth St, Cookstown
Tel. 028 8676 6727 or 028 8676 2205
GNR station restored, converted for use as a local heritage and railway museum, as well as a tourist information centre.
Corca Dhuibhne Regional Museum
Tel. 066 915 6100
Geology, flora and archaeological heritage of the area
Web: Corca Dhuibhne Museum
Cork Butter Museum
Cork city centre at Shandon Square
Tel. 021 430 0600
Heritage of dairying and a butter exchange in three galleries.
Cork City Jail
Cork City, 20 minute walk from Main St
Tel. 0 21 430 5022
19th century restored prison with exhibitions and AV on Cork city; museum collection.
Cornmill Heritage Centre
Tel. 028 8774 8532
Industrial history of Coalisland in exhibits and AV presentations.
Croom Mills Waterwheel and Heritage Centre
Tel. 0 61 397 130
Heritage Centre; restaurant; craft and furniture shops; visitor centre tells story of Ireland grain milling using AV and exhibits.
Cruachan Ai Heritage Centre
Tel. 071 963 9268
Centre with historic and archaelogical information and exhibitions on surrounding area's prehistoric sites; café; shop.
Culkins Emigration Museum
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Tel. 096 47152
Story of emigration, artefacts, refreshments.
Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown
Dalkey, County Dublin
Tel. 0 1 285 8366
Museum within 15th century fortified town house; also called Goat castle; murder hole; garderobe; battlements; models of medieval Dalkey; 10th century church and graveyard; craft shop; art gallery; parking
Web: Dalkey Castle
Dartfield Horse Museum and Park
Killreekill, near Loughrea
Tel. 091 843968
350 acre park; museum with detailed information on the horse; AV presentation; live demonstrations; café; shop; walks.
Day in the Bog
Leam, Kilflynn, Tralee, halfway between Listowel and Tralee on N69, Kerry (north).
Tel. 066 713 2555.
Thatched cottage with AV presentation on bogs, crafts, garden, tea, open fire, traditional music nights.
De Valera Museum and Bruree Heritage Centre
Tel. 063 90900
Story of former Ireland president and history of area.
Derryglad Folk Museum
Curraghboy, 11miles from Athlone on Tuam road
Tel. 0902 88192
Collection of horse drawn vehicles, household equipment, rural artefacts.
Desmond Castle/Wine Museum
Kinsale, on Cork Street
Tel. 021 4774855
National Historic Monument houses International Museum of Wine.
Doagh Island Visitor Centre
Tel. 074 9378078
Exhibitions on famine, culture and history of the area.
Dollys Cottage Folk Museum and Craft Centre
Tel. 0 71 916 7564 or 0 71 916 0839
200 year old cottage; crafts; country market.
Donagel Railway Centre
Old Station House, Tyrconnell St, Donagel Town
Tel. 074 97 22655
Narrow gauge railway history told with photos, artefacts, models, and videos; working model railway.
Donaghmore Famine Workhouse Museum
Tel. 0505 46315 or 086 829 6685
In restored workhouse; tells story of families who lived at the workhouse; guided and self-guided tours; exhibits; agricultural artefacts and household items.
Donegal Ancestry Centre
The Quay, Ramelton
Tel. 074 915 1266
Family history research centre for county Donegal; story of town of Ramelton
Web: Donegal Ancestry Centre
Donegal County Museum
Letterkenny, in old workhouse on High Road
Tel. 07491 24613
Artefacts and local history.
Drogheda Heritage Centre Museum
Mary St. in St Mary’s church, Drogheda
Tel. 041 9831153 or 087 2305698
Recreates ancient Drogheda, AV presentation, paintings, costumes.
Drumkeerin Heritage Centre
Resource Centre, Lisgaveen, Drumkeerin, on Manorhamilton/Sligo road beside the village
Tel. 071 96 48353
Displays on history of area, Irish cottage and farmyard, pig sty, garden, artefacts, craft shop.
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
Charlemont House, North Parnell Square
Tel. 01 874 1903
18th century townhouse with modern wing; art ranges from old masters to modern; collection of stained glass; Francis Bacon original studio; special exhibitions; workshops; lectures; courses; shop
Web: Dublin City Gallery--Hugh Lane
Dublin Writers’ Museum
18 Parnell Square North, Dublin 1.
Tel. 0 1 872 2077.
Museum with details on Dublin's famous writers.
Inishmore, Aran Island
Tel. 099 73009
Small stone fort, chapel, museum with artefacts and old photos.
Dunbrody Famine Ship
Tel. 051 425239
Full size authentic recreation of ship which played a leading part in the 19th century emigration of Irish to the US; AV presentation; emigrant stories played by actors
Web: Dunbrody Famine Ship
Dundalk County Museum
Jocelyn Street, Dundalk
Tel. 042 9327056 or 042 9327057
History of Louth county, AV, artefacts, touch-screen, film.
Dunloughan Farm Museum
92 Torr Rd, Ballycastle
Tel. 028 2076 2739
Farm machinery and farmhouse exhibits.
Bushmills, 3 miles east of Giant’s Causeway on B146
Tel. 028 2076 2225
Exhibits on the Spanish armada, local marine artefacts, photos, fossil and mineral collections, thatched fisherman’s cottage.
Dwyer McAllister Cottage
Derrynamuck, south-east of Donard
Tel. 0404 45325 or 0404 45352
Vernacular thatched cottage with small folk museum.
Dysert O'Dea Castle & Archaeology Centre
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Tel. 0 65 6837401
Archaeology centre, museum, trails incorporating field monuments.
East Clare Heritage Centre
Sain Cronan's Church, Tuamgraney
Tel. 061 921351
History of area and the town; research facilities.
Erne Gateway Centre, Belleek
Tel. 028 6865 8866
Story of formation of Lough Erne, AV presentations; tourist information office.
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School Road, Achill Island
Tel. 098 43317
Local history and culture.
Tel. 066 915 6241
Story of the time of famine and its effect on the Irish people.
Main St, Belleek
Tel. 028 6865 8631
Crystal factory with tour, shop.
Fields of Athenry
Tel. 091 844113
Thatched heritage cottage, recreated with artefacts, tea room; traditional music nights.
Flight of the Earls Exhibition
Rathmullan, by Lough Swilly
Tel. 074 915 8131
Exhibition on the life and times of the earls of Tyrconnell and Tyrone in the 17th century.
Flight Of The Earls Experience
50 High St, Derry
Tel. 028 7962 7800
Story of the plantation in Ireland. Live action, multi-media, and displays on history of Ireland from the late 1500s to modern times; costume display.
Flying Boat Museum
Tel. 069 65416
Exhibits on aviation from 1939 to 1945 with original radio, weather and terminal rooms; shop; tea-room; parking
Web: Flying Boat Museum
Folk Farm and Transport Museum
Fethard, in former railway station near town walls.
Exhibits, café, picnic area.
Fort Dunree Military Museum
Tel. 074 936 1817
Panoramic views; scenic walks; 18th century fort; AV presentation; underground bunkers; military memorabilia; artefacts; 20th century large guns; wildlife exhibition; shop; cafe; parking
Web: Fort Dunree Military Museum
Francis Ledwidge Museum
One mile from Slane on Drogheda Rd
Tel. 0 41 982 4544
Birthplace of Irish poet Francis Ledwidge; poet’s works; artefacts; memorabilia.
Frank McCourt Museum
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Leamy House, Hartstonge St, Limerick
Tel. 353 61 319710 or 0 61 319 710 –check on this
In 1843 listed building; showcases Frank McCourt, author of Angela’s Ashes; recreates 1930s classroom; wall murals; memorabilia and photos of the times; Angela’s Ashes walking tour covers key sites from the book; memorabilia, books, photos.
St Joseph’s Ave, Croke Park, Dumcronda, Dublin 3
Tel. 01 819 2323
Sports museum in stadium; history of Gaelic football, handball, and hurling; interactive screens; recordings from matches; one hour tour of grounds and stadium offered; café (closed on Sun).
Galway City Museum
Galway at Fishmarket near the docks
Tel. 091 567641
Historical, archaeological, and culture displays; film on Galway.
Garvagh Museum and Heritage Centre
142 Main St, Garvagh, beside Health Clinic
Tel. 028 2955 8216
Stone age artefacts from the Bann Valley, boat from nearby eel fishery, farming implements, and Victorian artefacts.
Finglas Rd, Dublin 11
Tel. 0 1 882 6550
Social, historical, political and artistic development of Ireland as reflected by the 1.5 million people buried in the Glasnevin cemetery; three main feature exhibition are The City of the Dead tells burial practices and religious beliefs and records of the people buried in the cemetery; The Milestone Gallery and Timeline with exhibitions on important historical figures; the Prospect Gallery with periodic historical exhibitions; special events; cemetery tours; cafe; shop
Web: Glasnevin Museum
Glebe House and Gallery
Tel. 0 74 913 7071
The Derek Hill art collection in Regency house; William Morris textiles, Japanese and other art; 300 works by 20th century artists; set in woodland gardens; access to house by guided tour only; exhibition; car park; videos in coffee shop (open summer months).
Glenview House B and B Museum
Aughoo Bridge, Ballinamore
Tel. 0 71 964 4157
Private collection of 6000 antiques, historical and novel items, farmyard equipment, tools, and household items; parking; restaurant.
Gray's Printing Press
49 Main St, Strabane
Tel. 028 7188 0055
National Trust. Display of 19th century hand printing presses; history of Strabane; AV display.
Green Lane Museum
Roe Valley Country Park, one mile from Limavady.
Tel. 028 7776 0304
Historical exhibits on the linen and agricultural industries of the past.
Grey Point Fort
Fort Rd, Crawfordsburn Country Park, Helen’s Bay
Tel. 028 9185 3621
Gun site and military museum.
Grianan Ailigh Visitors Centre
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Tel. 074 936 8080
Open: no information
Visitor Centre tells the story of Grianan Ailigh, ancient stone ring fort, dates from about BC 1700; was royal residence of the O'Neills; interactive multi media displays; AV; restaurant; craft shop.
Hennigans Heritage Centre
Tel. 094 92542505
Thatched house, farmhouse, and theme park.
Exhibition on the Grand Canal.
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Rutland St, Limerick City
Tel. 0 61 312 833
Collection of art and antiquities from stone age to 20th century; housed in 18th century Palladian style former customs house; events; shop; restaurant
Web: Hunt Museum
Inishowen Maritime Museum and Planetarium
Greencastle, in former coastguard station at the harbour, beside the ferry
Tel. 074 938 1363
Maritime history; state of the art planetarium; shop; café (open summer only)
Web: Inishowen Maritime Museum and Planetarium
Irish Agricultural Museum and Johnstown Castle
Johnstown Castle, four miles south-west of town of Wexford
Tel. 053 42888
Old agricultural machinery and rural transport; re-created shops of carpenter, blacksmith, cooper; famine museum; grounds with garden; coffee shop
Web: Irish Agricultural Museum
Irish Fly-fishing and Game Shooting Museum
Attanagh House, Attanagh
Tel. 0 57 87 36112 or 086 315 3088
Explores 300 years of hunting and fishing in Ireland in traditional Irish farmhouse; exhibits; reconstructed gamekeeper’s room; parking.
Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum
Market Square, Lisburn
Tel. 028 9266 3377
Flax to Fabric exhibition, local history and art displays, 17th century market house; shop, cafe.
Irish Museum of Modern Art
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Royal Hospital, Military Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
Tel. 0 1 612 9900
Modern and contemporary art in 17th century building; guided tours of the building June-early Sep include baroque chapel, great hall and master’s quarters; 17th century formal gardens; AV presentation; changing exhibitions; café; bookshop; parking
Web: Irish Museum of Modern Art
James Joyce Museum
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Dun Laoghaire Rathdown
Sandycove, County Dublin
Tel. 0 1 280 9265
Museum about the famous writer.
Kanturk Rural Farm Museum
Tel. 029 51319
Old farm buildings, equipment, ancient stones, heritage and nature trails, gardens, coffee shop.
Kells Heritage Centre
Kells, in former courthouse
Tel. 046 9247840.
Details the monastic culture centered in the town of Kells.
Kenmare Heritage Centre
Tel. 064 41233.
Local heritage centre.Craft shops, heritage trail.
Kerry Literary and Cultural Centre
24 the Square, Listowel, Kerry (north)
Tel. 0 68 22212
Museum of information on local writers; AV presentation; bookshop; archival library and reading room; workshops; cafe; special events
Web: Kerry Literary and Cultural Centre
Kerry the Kingdom
Ashe Memorial Hall, Denny Street, in town centre of Tralee, Kerry (north)
Tel. 066 712 7777
AV presentation ride with reconstructed medieval streets; archaeological treasures.
Kildare Town Heritage Centre
Market House, Kildare
Tel. 0 45 530672
Multi media history exhibition; Tourist office
Web: Kildare Town Heritage Centre
Tel. 063 91300
Small collection of implements dealing with industrial, farming, rural, shop, and home life in 19th and 20th centuries; scale models of the town; guided town tour from here.
Kiltartan Gregory Museum
Tel. 091 632346
Local history museum.
Kiltimagh Town Museum
Old Railway Station, Aiden Street, Kiltimagh
Tel. 094 9381494
In refurbhished old railway station; local information; art centre; sculpture park.
King House Interpretive Galleries and Museum
Main St, Boyle
Tel. 071 966 3242; 071 96 62145 for TIC in grounds
Restored Georgian mansion, built 1730; interactive exhibitions (Kingdom of Connaught, House of Kings, Chronicles of Kings, Fighting Men of Connaught) feature life sized figures and special effects; art collection; landscaped grounds with riverside walk; picnic area; children’s adventure playground; activities; restaurant; Tourist Information Office in grounds (open May-Sep); Boyle library in basement of the house—check website for opening times; parking
Web: King House Interpretive Galleries and Museum
Kinlough Folk Museum
Barrack Street, Kinlough
Tel. 071 916 6296
Example of old house set up as a museum.
Kinsale Regional Museum
Kinsale Courthouse, in Market Square
Tel. 021 4777930
Built 1600, houses a museum.
Kinturk Cultural Centre
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7 Kinturk Rd, Kinturk by Lough Neagh
Tel. 028 8673 6512
History of the Lough Neagh fishing and eel industry with displays of traditional boats and equipment; boat trips; restaurant.
Lackagh near Turloughmore, on N63 Galway-Roscommon road
Tel. 091 797444
Cottage with artefacts set up as in the past, display of farm machinery.
Lar Na Pairce Museum: Story of Gaelic Games
Horse and Jockey Rd, Thurles
Tel. 0 504 422 702
In 19th century building; tells story of Gaelic games from past to present—hurling, football, camogie, and handball; hall of fame; memorabilia and artefacts; shop.
Legend of the Claddagh Ring
Galway City Centre
26 Shop Street, beside Galway market
Tel. 091 562 554
Claddagh ring visitor centre diplays information on the famous Claddagh ring and legends of Galway; interactive activities for children on Galway’s heritage; workshop shows crafting of Claddagh rings; Legend of the Claddagh Ring movie shown every 20 minutes
Website: Claddagh Legend
Lifford Old Courthouse Visitor Centre
Tel. 074 914 1733
Old courthouse with dungeons gives picture of gaol life in 18th and 19th centuries; museum; history of the courthouse; shop; restaurant
Web: Lifford Old Courthouse
Limerick City Gallery of Art
Carnegie Building, Pery Square, Limerick City
Tel. 0 61 310 633
Displays of works by Irish artists; contemporary art through special exhibitions; events.
Castle Lane, Nicholas Street, Limerick City
Tel. 061 417826
Museum on the history of Limerick.
Lismore Heritage Centre
Lismore, in former courthouse
Tel. 058 54975
Local historical information and guided tours.
Lisnaskea Folklife Display
Tel. 028 6772 1222
Exhibition of rural life in Fermanagh.
Little Museum of Dublin
15 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
Tel. 0 1 661 1000
Story of 20th century Dublin in Georgian townhouse; tours offered; lectures; over 400 artefacts
Web: Little Museum of Dublin
Louisburgh Folk and Heritage Centre
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Tel. 098 66341
Local history and folk culture
6 Shipquay St, Derry
Contemporary Irish art—traditional and modern; over 150 paintings on display.
Meath Heritage Centre
Tel. 046 9436633
Exhibition on the town history.
Michael Collins Centre
Tel. 023 46107 or mobile 086 811 3317
AV, talks and walks on the 1916 rebellion, War of Independence, Treaty talks and the Civil War with details on Michael Collins.
Mill Cottage Agricultural Museum
Elphin, on Windmill road north of the town
Tel. 078 35695
Restored 18th century windmill museum.
Tel. 093 24141
Restored corn mill with AV museum and Tourist Information Centre.
Drogheda, centre of the town
Tel. 041 983 3097
Town museum, in a historic martello tower, with local information and artefacts, industrial exhibition; recreated 19th century Irish kitchen; archaeological exhibition; geological collection
Web: Millmount Museum
Tel. 029 70844 or 029 70343
TIC with guided town tours, museum of history of area.
Mizen Head Visitor Centre
Tel. 028 35115
Former lighthouse keeper’s home now a maritime museum; 99 steps down cliff and over suspension bridge to reach it; also a visitor centre at the carpark; cafe.
Main St, Moate
Tel. 090 648 2167 or 090 648 1209
1000 artefacts on folk history of the town.
Moneypenny’s Lock and Lockhouse
Horseshoe Lane, Knock Bridge, four miles from Portadown
Tel. 028 3832 2205
Small museum and exhibition on Newry canal.
Tel. 0 57 862 4525
In reburbished 1830s grain mill; Mountmellick Quaker industrial past; original pieces of Mountmellick embroidery dating from 19th century used to decorate household products; workshops on request; craft shop.
Museum of Irish Transport
In Killarney, opposite railway station
Tel. 01 643 2638
Museum of the Master Saddler
Tel. 0 86 394 6467
Dedicated to ancient craft of the saddler and harness maker; documents work of saddler in farming, sports, military and transport; exhibits include a 1920s side saddle, shire harness, 60 leather samples, harness decoration and buckles, driving collars, coaching coats, whips, saddle trees, muzzles, lamps, poultice boots; driving carriages and horse drawn farm implements.
Museum of Transport
In restored mill on Market Place, Clonmel.
Tel. 052 29727
Early motor vehicles and cars.
Muskerry Farm Museum and Heritage Centre
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Ryecourt Meadows Farnes Co, on main Cork/Killarney road
Tel. 021 7336462
Extensive collection of farm machinery and tools, information on folk life.
National 1798 Visitor Centre
Tel. 054 37596
Story of 1798 rebellion; craft shop; café
Web: National 1798 Visitor Centre
National Gallery of Ireland
Merrion Square West and Clare St, Dublin 2
Tel. 0 1 661 5133
Collection of 13,000 paintings, sketches, sculptures, and prints; café; restaurant; shop.
National Leprechaun Museum
Jervis St, Dublin 1
Tel. 0 1 873 3899
All about leprechauns, rainbows, and pots of gold
Web: National Leprechaun Museum
National Maritime Museum of Ireland
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown
Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin
Tel. 0 1 280 0969
National Museum of Archaeology and History
Kildare St, Dublin 2
Tel. 0 1 677 7444
More than 2 million ancient Irish artefacts from prehistoric to medieval times; internationally known treasures; prehistoric gold; also collection of Egyptian objects
Web: National Museum of Archaeology and History
National Museum of Decorative Arts and History
Collins Barracks, Benburb St, Dublin 7
Tel. 0 1 677 7444
Collection of objects that include weaponry, furniture, silver, ceramics and glassware; examples of folklife and costume
Web: National Museum of Decorative Arts and History
National Museum of Ireland-Country Life
Turlough Park, Turlough
Tel. 094 903 1773
National collection of objects representing traditional way of Irish life
Web: National Museum of Ireland-Country Life
National Museum of Natural History
Merrion St, Dublin 2
Tel. 0 1 677 7444
Collections related to zoology and geology
Webs: National Museum of Natural History
National Print Museum
Garrison Chapel, Beggars Bush Barracks
Haddington Rd, Dublin 4
Tel. 0 1 660 3770
Collects, documents, preserves, exhibits, interprets and makes accessible material evidence of the history of printing; supports associated skills of the craft
Web: National Print Museum
National Transport Museum
Heritage Depot, Howth Demesne, Howth
Tel. 0 1 832 0427
Collection of 100 public service and commercial road transport
Web: National Transport Museum
National Wax Museum
22-25 The Lafayette Building, Westmoreland Street
Tel. 0 1 671 8373
In historic armoury building; typical wax museum with various areas related to different topics.
Nenagh Heritage Centre
Kickham St, Nenagh
Tel. 0 67 33850
In 19th century gaol and former governor’s house; exhibitions include model of North Tipperary Gaol, recreated schoolroom of 1913, recreation of original 1800s kitchen from North Tipperary Gaol, and Irish dairy; Heritage Centre Gallery with rotating art, craft, photography and information exhibitions; pay parking.
Nore View Folk Museum
Tel. 056 772 7749
Collections of historic interest and old time rooms.
North Down Heritage Centre
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Castle Park, Castle Park Ave, Bangor
Displays on Bangor and Bangor abbey history; restaurant.
Old Schoolhouse Museum
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Tel. 094 9655397
Classroom of 1920, craft shop, art gallery, home baked produce, tearoom.
Padraig Pearse Museum
St. Enda's Park, Grange Road
Rathfarnham, Dublin 16
Tel. 0 1 493 4208
Former school now a museum with exhibition of history of Patrick Pearse and his family and the 1916 rebellion; AV show; St Enda’s Park has riverside walks, waterfall and walled garden; also nature study centre with displays of Irish flora and fauna in courtyard, open Wed-Sun; outdoor concerts in summer; tea-room open May-Sep, weekends only.
Peatland World Museum
Tel. 045 860193
History and science of boglands in 19th century building, craft shop and restaurant.
Portaferry Tourist Information Centre and Visitor Centre
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Castle Street, Portaferry
Tel. 028 4272 9882
TIC, AV on tower houses of county Down; environment and heritage exhibitions; 16th century Portaferry castle.
Railway Heritage Centre
Tel. 074 9722655
History as related to railways.
Rattoo Heritage Centre
Rattoo, Ballyduff, Kerry (north)
Tel. 066 713 1000
Village museum and visitor centre.
The Quay, Waterford
Tel. 051 304220
Historic tower with exhibition.
Roscommon County Museum
Roscommon, town centre square
Tel. 0903 25613
Museum with county information.
Roscommon Heritage and Genealogy Centre
Church St, Strokestown
Tel. 071 963 3380
Display on pagan Celtic society and film on Roscommon in a deconsecrated church; genealogical research centre with many records available
Web: Roscommon Roots
Rothe House and Kilkenny Archaeological Society
Parliament St, Kilkenny
Tel. 056 772 2893
Tudor merchant's house with garden; period costume display; collection of pictures and artefacts of Kilkenny’s past; program of activities; genealogical research; archives
Web: Kilkenny Archaeological Society
Royal Hibernian Academy Gallagher Gallery
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15 Ely Place, Dublin 2
Tel. 01 661 2558
Four galleries with curated exhibits; Irish and international art.
Saint Connell’s Museum and Heritage Centre
Glenties, in old courthouse
Local history, AV presentations, artefacts.
Saint Kilians Heritage Centre
Tel. 046 924 2433
Exhibition and AV presentation on local heritage.
Saint Patrick’s Trian
40 English Street, Armagh
Tel. 028 3752 1801
Three exhibitions: Armagh Story (history of the city); Patrick’s Testament (story of St Patrick); Land of Lilliput (Gulliver’s Travels).
Scattery Island Information Centre
Merchant’s Quay, Kilrush
Tel. 065 9052144 or 065 9052139
Interprets Scattery Island.
Sheep and Wool Centre
Leenane village, Connemara
Tel. 095 42323
Interpretative centre of local sheep industry and wool handcrafts; history of sheep, craft shop, AV presentation, restaurant.
Valencia Island near Portmagee
Tel. 01 66 947 6306
Tells the story of the Skellig Islands and the monastic settlement, (now ruined) in an AV presentation.
Skibbereen Heritage Centre and Lough Hyne Centre
Upper Bridge St, Skibbereen
In old gasworks building on riverside
Tel. 028 40900
Story of the famine; AV presentation; Lough Hyne Visitor Centre has details on the salt water marine lake and nature reserve; archaeology trail; escorted historical walking tours
Web: Skibbereen Heritage Centre
Sliabh an Iarainn Visitor Centre
Tel. 071 964 1522
History of the county, displays, av show.
Sligo County Museum and Art Gallery
Tel. 071 714 7190
Yeats memorial collection.
South Tipperary County Museum
Tel. 052 34455
Sperrin Heritage Centre
274 Glenelly Rd, Plumbridge
Tel. 028 8164 8142
St George’s Heritage Museum and Visitor Centre
Carrick on Shannon
Tel. 0 71 962 1757
Story of Leitrim, its landscape, history, musical heritage, and people in AV presentation; attic memorial tells about workhouses during 19th century famine.
St Mary’s Famine History and War Museum
Tel. 0 504 21133
In St Mary’s church; tells about the Great Famine of 1850; collection of famine and war memorabilia; 18th century clothing.
Tel. 01 627 3155 or 01 628 8412
Models of steam locomotives include late 19th century Great Northern Railway, steam engines used for industrial propulsion, Midleton whiskey distillery beam engine Jameson's distillery pumping engine, and Smithwick's brewery large beam engine; tea-room; shop; parking
Web: Steam Museum
Stradbally Steam Museum
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The Green, Stradbelly
Tel. 0 57 864 1878 or 086 389 0184
Collection of steam, fire, and farm engines; narrow gauge railway rides in grounds of Stradbally Hall—phone for days; parking
Web: Irish Steam Preservation Society
Tipperary Excel Arts and Cultural Centre
Mitchell St, Tipperary
Tel. 062 80520
Multimedia interpretive exhibition on local history; family research centre; gallery with changing exhibitions; Tourist Information Centre; shop; café; theatre; cinemas
Web: Tipperary Excel Centre
Union Hall Place
city centre, Derry, Northern Ireland
Tel: 028 7137 2411
Permanent exhibitions include the story of Derry exhibition that traces the history of the city, from monastic times to the present day and an Armada shipwreck. Items rescued from the galleon include cannons, coins, textiles, pottery, wooden bowls, pewter dishes, goblets and shoes. Also other temporary exhibitions. Display and interactive techniques.
In church at Slaney River bridge, Tullow
Tel. 059 9151286
Tullyarvan Mill Museum
Buncrana, outskirts of town
Tel. 074 936 1613
Craft shop, exhibition, café.
Tyrrellpass Castle and Museum
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Tel. 044 23105
Ulster American Folk Park
2 Mellon Road, A5 Omagh to Strabane, on outskirts of Omagh
Tel. 028 8224 3292
One of the Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland; outdoor museum about emigration to America; thatched buildings, log houses, replica emigrant ship; special events and exhibitions; coffee shop; shop; parking; picnic area by parking.
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
Cultra Manor grounds, 153 Bangor Rd, Holywood (A2 near Belfast)
Tel. 028 9042 8428
175 acre museum town demonstrates way of life and traditions in Northern Ireland; working buildings; exhibits; demonstrations; indoor Folk Museum and Transport galleries; tea-room; shop; parking.
Botanic Gardens, Stranmillis Rd, Belfast, citybus #69
Tel. 028 9038 3000
National museum and art gallery; craft gallery; geology; antiquities; history; textiles; café.
Ulster Plantation Centre
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50 High St, Draperstown
Tel. 028 7962 7800
Story of 17th century colonization of the area presented in multimedia; coffee shop.
Waterford County Museum (Dungarvan Museum)
Old Town Hall, St Augustine St, Dungarvan
Tel. 058 45960
Displays on local history; collections of artefacts; TV with scenes of Dungarvan in the past;shop; museum newly designed and renovated 2008
Web: Dungarvan Museum
Waterford Treasures Museum
Waterford Merchant’s quay
Tel. 051 304500
Artefacts, exhibitions, AV presentation on Waterford, restaurant, shop.
Waterways Visitor Centre
Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2
Tel. 0 1 677 7510
Exhibition on inland waterways, their historical background and modern uses; examples of art and literature; working models of engineering features; navigation charts and guides for sale
Web: Waterways Ireland
West Cork Heritage Centre
Bandon, in former church on North Main St
Tel. 023 44193
Museum with remnants of the former town walls, exhibition with artefacts.
Wexford Folk Museum
Enniscorthy Castle, Enniscorthy
Tel. 054 35926
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23 Glendermott Rd, Derry
Tel. 028 7131 8328
Exhibitions: 'Atlantic Memorial'—about the Battle of the Atlantic; 'Famine'; temporary exhibits; displays on life in the workhouse.