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“A hidden gem”

Carlow County Museum
Ranked #5 of 23 things to do in Carlow
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The role of Carlow County Museum is to collect, preserve, conserve, document and display the history and material culture of the county. County Museums are significant in that they are a home for a county's many historic treasures and they become centres for research, education as well as maintaining high standards of collections care. In Ireland an official County Museum is one that is operated and funded by a Local Authority. Currently there are thirteen County Museums throughout Ireland. The County Museum was developed in partnership with the Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society. The Society has been collecting artifacts and archives relating to all aspects of County Carlow's history since the late 1960's. The Society opened a museum in 1974 and it was relocated in 1979 to the former Theatre of the Town Hall, a space provided by Carlow Town Council.The Society will retain a role in the development of the County Museum, through the medium of a Museum Board that will oversee the strategic development and devise the County Museum's policies.
Carlow, Carlow, Ireland
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A hidden gem”
Reviewed 13 November 2013

The Museum in Carlow is stuck somewhat out of the way within the tourist office, but when you get inside, you will find a small, but perfectly formed museum, on three levels, going from items of Antiquarian interest, to the amazing Archeological finds that were made while the route for the M7 motorway was being dug in 2004-6. It reminds you that Carlow, and its surrounding areas has been inhabited continuously for at least 8,000 years.

The really is something for everyone at this Museum, and its been newly built with high quality attention to detail, and some marvellous exhibits, so if you are out and about in Carlow town, be sure to drop in some day.

Visited December 2012
Thank Paul G
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Carlow, Ireland
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52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Informative and Entertaining visit to the Carlow County Museum”
Reviewed 7 November 2013

The Carlow County Museum is always worth a visit. From old industries like the boot factory or a bottle factory or more recent closures like the sugar factory, recent and more distant history is well presented. Also the staff is always there to help with answers and make the whole experience entertaining. Very impressive is a garda revolver from the beginning of the century, or the trap door from the former gaol, now the home of the Carlow shopping centre. Suitable for all ages it's a nice alternative when the weather doesn't permit to see outdoor monuments.

Visited June 2013
Thank Bianka M
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Burlington, Kentucky
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146 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Passage Tomb, Out of the Way but Worth the Search”
Reviewed 2 September 2013

If you truly love touching the Celtic Past as I do then finding this ancient Passage Portal will interest you as it did me. An out of the way drive short walk and you can be where ancient man stood 4 5 K years ago. See if you can figure out how they got the massive cap stone up on top of the lentil stones? Close your eyes and allow your imagination to show you the ceremonies as the Ancient Shamans work their magic on the people. Allow your mind to show you a procession of torches winding it's way up the path you walked to get her. Truly a place of reverence for those that revere the past. Druids, of other pagan religious site it is worth finding, if you love the Celtic Past

Visited October 2012
Thank Buddy D
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95 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Small museum, free to get in. Learn all about Carlow.”
Reviewed 29 May 2013

We actually had our lunch in Lennons ( highly recommend) and were walking down the road and decided to visit this fairly new museum. It's next to the tourist office. I'd seen it advertised, but had never been in.
It's a smallish museum, but if your staying in Carlow or passing through it is well worth the visit. Especially if you want to find out about the area. Lots of snippets and well displayed artifacts. There is a beautiful hand carved pulpit and gorgeous stained glass windows to admire on the second floor.
You'd walk round in less than an hour.

Visited May 2013
Thank Kilkenny1959
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Killarney, Ireland
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A good visit”
Reviewed 17 May 2013

Not enough artifacts on display. Art works excellent. This is a fine building with an excellent restaurant. The building is modern bright and spacious but it needs some more diverse items to view.

Visited May 2013
Thank michealodonoghue65
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