National Museum of Ireland - Country Life

National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Castlebar: Hours, Address, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life Reviews: 4.5/5

National Museum of Ireland - Country Life

National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
This award-winning Museum is home to the National Folklife Collection which represents traditional life in Ireland throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Fascinating artefacts deal with domestic life, agriculture, fishing and hunting, clothing and textiles, furniture and fittings, trades and crafts, transport, sports and leisure and religion. Set in the spectacular grounds of Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo the Museum treats visitors to a taste of how our ancestors lived their daily lives, in both difficult and joyful times. The excellent ‘hands-on’ public programmes which run throughout the year, consist of art and craft workshops, demonstrations and performances and runs alongside the exciting programme of temporary exhibitions which are ongoing throughout the year. Opening Times: The Museum opening hours are: Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm • Sunday 2pm-5pm • Closed Mondays (including Bank Holidays), Christmas Day and Good Friday. Admission to the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life is FREE. Shop & Café open.
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Pádraig Dinan
Ennis, Ireland1 contribution
A free and faithful lookback to traditional Irish life
Jun 2021 • Family
A collection of items started by the Irish government in the 1930s to preserve the ways of the past from being swept away by the flow of time.

From the traditional islander outfits made by the people of Aran and the equipment they used for fishing, to the pots and pans where the meals were prepared after a day spent farming.

This credit to Irelands past generations is worth a visit for all ages, especially due to the free admission.
Written 24 June 2021
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bikerbabe2014
Dublin, Ireland144 contributions
Vist to the Big House!
Jun 2021
Set in the wonderful grounds of the Turlough Park House, this museum is a purpose built building covering 3 easily accessible floors of very interesting aspects of country living in Ireland. Entertaining and educational.
2 large rooms in the Victorian Gothic Big House can also be visited free of charge.
There is a well stocked gift shop and a delightful cafe also on the site.
There are large grounds to meander around and a botanical greenhouse to explore.
Definitely recommend a visit.
Written 19 June 2021
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easyfit
Louisburgh, Ireland34 contributions
Stunning Location & Cafe 💚❤️
Jun 2021 • Friends
We visited the grounds + Cafe of The National Museum of Ireland Country Life . We cycled The Castlebar Greenway. We had a rest & treat at the café. The staffs are lovely & helpful. The grounds are outstanding. We'd highly recommend ❤️💚👏. We Will be back🇮🇪
Written 16 June 2021
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Amanda G
Dublin, Ireland134 contributions
Great innovation and collection
Sep 2020
Set in beautiful ground, with trails etc. The museum is a purpose built building over four floors. Great collection of items from Ireland's past, all to do with historic ways of living. Very educational - lots of reading and information to absorb.

I had a coffee in the cafe too, very friendly service and they also have outdoor space in the courtyard. The coffee was exceptional quality too.
Written 22 September 2020
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Dell K
Cork, Ireland311 contributions
Loved it!
Jul 2020 • Family
Beautiful big grounds. Beautiful flowers and there's a playground. The museum is free and great history. Very organised and clean. There is a nice coffee shop where you can have lunch/coffee breaks.
I would definitely go back.
Written 31 August 2020
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PhilipBBB
County Meath, Ireland66 contributions
Great sunday
Aug 2020 • Family
Spent a great Sunday there with my kids ranging from 11 weeks to 11 years. Really interesting and well managed with Covid restrictions. Nice cafe there also
Written 26 August 2020
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MJDMG
Ireland5 contributions
Loads to see
Aug 2020
Loads to see - a great display, covering three floors and various aspects of life in Ireland. Surprisingly good
Written 25 August 2020
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PatDonnellan1
Nenagh, Ireland24 contributions
Gem of a museum
Aug 2020 • Family
Great for grown ups and kids alike. Something for everyone. Pity the interactive displays were not in use - understandable due to covid restrictions.
Written 23 August 2020
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Danielle
Galway, Ireland15 contributions
Enjoyable
Aug 2020 • Friends
My friends enjoyed it.
I felt it could was ok, but could be improved.
I personally preferred the museum. But, it is nice. Grounds are lovely staff in the shop could not have been mote helpful.
However, I would not recommend the food in the restaurant drinks were extremely over priced.
The waitress serving seemed very clueless. Walking around with plates of food to the wrong tables on numerous occasions although the tables had been given numbers when they paid.
The food itself was very poor my friend got the Guinness pie it didn’t look appetizing at all. I myself got the quiche & I would not recommend that either.
There was 5 of us & only one enjoyed their food. They went off menu & ordered sausage & chips.
Written 18 August 2020
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Niamh O
County Cork, Ireland26 contributions
A must - don't miss it + it's free
Aug 2020 • Family
Excellent Exhibitions shows how our Irish ancestors lived, worked (soo amazinglt hard) and survived.
Electrification of Ireland exhibition is very interesting. Very child friendly. Beautiful park land around the museum. It's free. A lovely Playground on the grounds . Check out the fantastic restored glass House. Not to be missed - it's showcasing irish heritage and culture. Enjoy!!!
Written 17 August 2020
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National Museum of Ireland - Country Life is open:
  • Sun - Mon 13:00 - 17:00
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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