Visiting the multi award-winning Carlow County Museum is a must. Be wowed by the 340 million year old fossil, the 20ft church pulpit and an exquisite 2mm Iron Age glass bead! Among the displays are exhibitions featuring: the magnificently hand carved 19th century wooden pulpit from Carlow Cathedral, one of the top 100 objects to view in an Irish museum; the gallows trap door from Carlow Gaol used in 19th century public executions; an exhibition on the Carlow Sugar Factory, Ireland’s first and largest sugar factory, which was opened in 1926; the wonderful stained glass panel by Peadar Lamb commemorating the 1916 Rising and its Carlow links; archaeological finds from the Carlow M9 bypass including the country’s first ring brooch, courtesy of the National Museum of Ireland and Transport Infrastructure Ireland. See our latest exhibit, the grave effigy of Robert Hartpole, Constable of Carlow Castle and High Sheriff of Carlow, dating from 1594.
Find out about some of Carlow’s personalities; see the remains of Kevin Barry’s last cigarette and his death mask, with both items dating from the time of his execution in Mountjoy Gaol, Dublin at the age of just 18 for his role in the Irish War Of Independence; the wooden smoking pipe of Captain Myles Keogh of the 7th US Cavalry who was killed in the infamous battle of Little Big Horn along with General Custer in 1876; John Tyndall, Carlow’s prolific 19th century scientist whose discoveries, including the greenhouse effect still have an impact to this day. Carlow County Council in partnership with Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society has developed the museum, which is an “excellent use of an old building”.
Special temporary exhibitions on display:
Carlow County Museum is part of Carlow Town’s Cultural Quarter and admission is FREE.
The County Museum is housed in the former Presentation Convent on College Street, Carlow Town. The Museum is entered through Carlow Tourist Office. The building is in a prime town centre location and is part of a complex that also houses the Tourist Office, the County Library and Archive.
The museum is free to visit and has full wheelchair access.
Winter Opening hours from Thursday, 1st September 2022
Monday to Saturday – 10:00am to 4.30pm (last entry 4.00pm)
Sundays & Bank Holidays – Closed
Closed for Lunch – 1pm to 1.30pm (Saturdays only)
The museum is self-guided, but tours for groups (10+) must be pre-booked.
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