Kerry County Museum

Kerry County Museum, Tralee: Hours, Address, Kerry County Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Kerry County Museum
4.5
09:30 - 17:00
Tuesday
09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:30 - 17:00
Thursday
09:30 - 17:00
Friday
09:30 - 17:00
Saturday
09:30 - 17:00
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LOCATED in the Ashe Memorial Hall adjacent to Tralee Town Park, we offer a fascinating introduction to the Kingdom’s distinctive history and heritage. Winner of many prestigious awards, the Museum offers a wide range of permanent displays and special exhibitions. CASEMENT IN KERRY: A REVOLUTIONARY JOURNEY commemorates Roger Casement’s landing in Banna in 1916, one of the significant events of the Easter Rising to happen outside of Dublin. Countless artefacts on display in the MUSEUM GALLERY illustrate the turbulent history and fascinating archaeology of the county. You can even dress up as Tom Crean, Kerry’s most famous explorer, in the ANTARCTICA EXHIBITION. Become an archaeologist in the museum’s exciting tactile exhibition BONE INVESTIGATORS. Travel back in time and relive life in Tralee in 1450 in the MEDIEVAL EXPERIENCE. Dress up in costume and stroll through the reconstructed medieval streets and houses complete with the sounds and smells of the era - a treat for all the family!
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Helen M
10 contributions
Excellent museum
Sep 2021
A fantastic museum. I never expected to find such an interesting and user friendly museum in the small town of Tralee. I spent over two hours inside and would happily go back again. For a small entrance fee, I learned so much about Ireland both ancient and modern. The staff were very welcoming and were justly proud of their museum. I would thoroughly recommend this museum to any visitor to Tralee.
Written 20 September 2021
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C Oriel
County Monaghan, Ireland3 contributions
Great value, welcoming and engaging, especially for families
Aug 2021
This was unexpectedly excellent. The staff were very welcoming and friendly and the exhibitions (especially the Tom Crean one) were interesting. Combining a fairy trail and the Medieval experience seemed an odd thing to do, but was a winner as far as the children were concerned (and they really enjoyed filling in the activity booklet and the Rose of Tralee gown exhibits). It was mostly deserted (Covid...) but kept us busy for about 100 minutes and at EUR5 per adults and free for the children, was a bargain. Combined with a lunch at the playground in the rose garden opposite, it was a great family afternoon.
Written 22 August 2021
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Laminator
Lucan, Ireland110 contributions
Well worth a visit
Aug 2021 • Family
We decided to give it a try on a really rainy day, from the start I found the staff absolutely lovely and very friendly towards children.

The kids get a small activity book to find items as they go around the museum.

Loads of history here and its very well displayed and easy to follow. Allow a good bit of time as there is a lot to read.

There is no rush on time and you can make your way around in your own time.

Well worth a visit!
Written 15 August 2021
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grainnemy
Dublin82 contributions
Educational and well presented
Jul 2021
Really informative and well done. It was a little advanced for my children who are 10 and 8 and not yet familiar with the history shown. The models are fantastic. We were unable to do the dna research and bone digging due to the restrictions. It was very quiet and staff were very friendly. Worth a visit.
Written 24 July 2021
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Sinead L
County Dublin, Ireland12 contributions
Great Museum
Jul 2021
This is a great museum and exceeded my expectations. It's very informative and the staff are very friendly. I would have stayed in it longer but my 5 and 3 year old wanted to keep moving. Having said that, there was enough to entertain them too. I would definitely recommend a visit here and I would definitely go back.
Written 18 July 2021
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,330 contributions
Loved It - Again!
Jul 2021 • Solo
This was my second visit to the outstanding Kerry County Museum and I found it as fascinating as my first!
Brilliant exhibition on Roger Casenent and his role in the republican movement and uprising. There is another outstanding exhibition on South Pole explorer Tom Crean.
The largest section tells the story of Kerry from ancient times through stone and bronze age, the Celts, through the arrival of Christianity, the Vikings, Normans and then the British occupation.
In the basement they have recreated medieval Tralee, The Geraldine Experience. Fantastic museum, I was captivated.
Written 11 July 2021
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Hugh M
2 contributions
All of Irish history in a nutshell. Excellent
Jul 2020
Engaging, well thought out, clear and concise overview of Irish History. The interactive exhibits were limited by Covid-19
Written 27 July 2020
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Tiana Ward
Tralee, Ireland809 contributions
Lovely wax museum
Oct 2019 • Family
Amazing exhibition to Roger Casement. Such informative history. A walk through the medieval town was fantastic with the sounds of bygone days all around 🚶🏻‍♀️ The Crean exhibition is a must see!! Amazing staff who were most helpful 🥰 Halloween themed walk through (which isn’t my thing as I ament into horrors and scary things) is very scary the later you go in the day the scarier it gets 👻 Highly recommend everyone visit some time 👍🏻
Written 19 July 2020
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Bogwoman
Dublin, Ireland253 contributions
Worth a visit
Jul 2020 • Couples
Very interesting museum highlighting contributions by kerry people to national events and history. Good information, well presented. A special section on Tom Crean was good, also Sir Roger Casement but the jewel has to be the medieval display which was really authentic and would definitely appeal to children. It was a nice hour and a bit to spend. Worth a look.
Written 19 July 2020
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,330 contributions
Superb Museum
Apr 2019 • Solo
I cannot speak highly enough of this wonderful museum in the centre of Tralee town. It is just superb. I spent nearly three hours here and was just captivated.
It has excellent exhibitions on Antarctic explorer, the local Tom Crean. There is a brilliant Roger Casement exhibition too detailing his role in the 1916 rising, how he was caught and the story of his trial.
The main hall tells the human history of Kerry, from Mesolithic times, to Neolithic onto the Bronze Age. There are artefacts, models and dioramas and an array of display boards.
The story continues on through the celts and early Christiabs and then a superb section on the plantations and the political struggles of the Fenians and Land League right up to the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence and Civil War.
All of these have a Kerry angle but are not limited to the county, there are plenty of stories and exhibits from all over the country.
The museum also describes the war years and more modern history. Just superb.
In the basenent is a mesmerising recreation of Medieval Tralee, the Geraldine times. The streets are recreated brilliantly with inns, cobblers, butchers, apothecary, blacksmiths and the like with the sounds of medieval urban life. Fantastic, just the most wonderful museum.
Written 17 July 2020
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Kerry County Museum is open:
  • Tue - Sat 09:30 - 17:00