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“Well worth a visit” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cavan County Museum

Cavan County Museum
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Cavan
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014 via mobile

The Cavan County museum is bit off the beaten track. It's situated up a hill above the town centre in Ballyjamesduff, but it's well worth the effort to find it. It crams a lot into three floors of a former convent and has exhibits ranging from the iron age and the middle ages through the famine up to the history of the GAA in modern Cavan.

I was particularly struck by the stone - carved iron age head with three faces that are said to represent the past, present and future. It is a strange and mysterious object which I found fascinating.

I'm an Englishman named Reilly with distant Irish roots, and I found the story of the O'Reillys and the ebb and flow of their fortunes over the centuries very interesting. My ancestor left Ireland at the time of the famine so I also found the famine exhibit personally interesting.

Anyone visiting Cavan should take the time to visit the museum, it's well worth it.

1 Thank Andy R
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Cavan, Cavan, Ireland
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Museum trip in small county town.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

This museum, although called Cavan County is in fact out of the way a little, 6 miles outside of Cavan Town, so bring a car. It is in a lovely old house and rather old fashioned but small is interesting here. I saw a very good exhibition on the Titanic and local people, some area are permanent but the changing exhibitions are always interesting and informative. Do not underestimate the pleasant experiences although small, plan it together with another place of interest and your day is full. Eating place and pubs in Ballyjamesduff, walking distance, and a small café in the museum. People are friendly and the lovely, if small shop offers some reminders of the Ireland you don't see in Dublin. Gardens once belonging to the nuns are a quiet respite from busy towns. An interesting, laid back experience of old Ireland.

Visited March 2014
2 Thank Christine R
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Cavan, Ireland
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Out of The Way”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

The County Cavan Museum is located in the town of Ballyjamesduff and not the County Town of Cavan. For that reason it is a bit off the beaten track; and if you are coming from the direction of Dublin you will need to hang a left in the town of Virginia. The town of Ballyjamesduff is fairly well sign-posted though the roads in whichever direction you approach are a little bumpy and twisty.and the topography is hilly. So, thats: hilly bumpy twisty roads, folks. The Museum is located on the Virginia road in an old school building, it is quite an imposing structure and has bags of parking at the rear of the complex. Please do some research before your visit to check opening times and for special exhibitions. Its a bit out of the way, thats why I rate it average.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Pears S
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43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Take a trip here you won't be sorry”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2013

To my shame I am 35 years old, 8 miles from Ballyjamesduff and until recently I had never been in the Cavan County Museum. We were there for an event recently and it is much more than I ever expected on my own doorstep. Very interesting displays, surprisingly small entry fee and loads of events on. A lovely walk out the back and a playground for the kids. I didn't get time to check it all out but intend to return soon. Well done to all the staff there and if you are from Cavan and can go, do! As they say use it or lose it!

Visited September 2013
1 Thank designerwine
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Dallas, Georgia
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213 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Nice museum, but some wrong information”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2013

I was given the name of this museum by Cavan007 on Tripadvisor. Since my family departed Cavan in 1840's, I was looking for anything of interest. Great displays and a lot of hard work went into this museum. On the down side is a story on Father Thomas O'Reilly, how General Sherman ordered the burning of every private house in Atlanta and Fr. O'Reilly changed Sherman's mine. NEVER took place, Gen. Sherman never ordered private homes burned. Someone at the museum mush have read a book on the lost cause, not true history.

Visited November 2013
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