Visit the multi award winning Carlow County Museum and see what you’re missing!
Among the items on display over four galleries is the famous and magnificent 19th century hand carved pulpit from Carlow Cathedral. The pulpit has been included in the book ‘A History of Ireland in 100 Objects’ by Fintan O’Toole, winner of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2013 ‘Best Irish-published Book of the Year’. The pulpit is over 20ft tall and is made entirely of oak. Also on view is the original gallows trapdoor from the Carlow Gaol which was used during the 19th century for public executions. See the wooden smoking pipe of Captain Myles Keogh, who was killed at the infamous Battle of Little Big Horn in 1876.
Find out about the great 19th century scientist John Tyndall who was the first person to discover the greenhouse effect and has a peak in the Alps named after him. The Museum is home to the remains of the last cigarette smoked by Kevin Barry, a medical student from Co. Carlow was executed in 1920 in Mountjoy Gaol, Dublin at the age of 18 for his role in the Irish War of Independence.
Special temporary exhibitions on display:
Carlow County Museum, ‘Ireland’s County Museum of the Year 2014 – 15’ is part of Carlow town’s Cultural Quarter and admission is free!
The museum is self-guided but tours can be arranged for groups of 10+. The museum is a must do for school tours as it gives the students an opportunity to handle historic objects.
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.
OPENING HOURS FOR CARLOW COUNTY MUSEUM
Monday – Saturday 10am – 4.30pm September – May
Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm June – August
Sundays and Bank Holidays 2pm- 4.30pm June – August
Admission is free & the Museum has full wheelchair access.
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Visit us & see what you’re missing!