Carlow County Museum

Carlow County Museum: Hours, Address, Carlow County Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Carlow County Museum
4.5
10:00 - 16:30
Monday
10:00 - 16:30
Tuesday
10:00 - 16:30
Wednesday
10:00 - 16:30
Thursday
10:00 - 16:30
Friday
10:00 - 16:30
Saturday
10:00 - 16:30
About
Carlow County Museum is located in Carlow’s Cultural Quarter. Admission is free and is entered through the tourist office. Spanning four galleries, the museum has a wide collection of items and artefacts from Carlow county including the original gallows trapdoor from Carlow Gaol; the 6m carved pulpit from Carlow Cathedral; items from Carlow’s Sugar Factory, which operated for almost 80 years; the smoking pipe of Captain Myles Keogh, killed at the Battle of Little Big Horn; items relating to John Tyndall, the Carlow scientist who discovered the greenhouse effect; a 340 million-year-old fossilized squid; a special exhibition on St. Willibrord, an English monk who trained in Carlow before becoming the Patron Saint of Luxembourg; the last cigarette smoked by Kevin Barry, an 18-year-old medical student who was executed for his role in the Irish War of Independence; the printing press used by The Nationalist newspapers… and so much more!
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1-2 hours
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Erica L
County Carlow, Ireland25 contributions
big museum in a small town
Oct 2019
From the outside you cannot imagine that he museum in Carlow town is actually that big. They have the famous pulpit that once belonged in the cathedral, an old living room and an old grocery store that helps to imagine how people lived in the past. Info on the sugar factory that employed so many in town (my father-in-law being one) and a piece of the trap door used in the executions in what today is the Carlow shopping centre. And much more. Right beside the library .
Written 22 September 2020
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edmondite
edmond, oklahoma1,110 contributions
Learned more about the city of Carlow for free!
Feb 2020
Located right by the Tourist Information Office, this museum was very interesting and had lots of good artifacts from former days. A kind gentleman was working there and explained to me the story of Lucinda Sly and about the sugar factory. Up the stairs you can get a view of Carlow Cathedral and learn more church history. There is a place to make a donation as you exit.
Written 3 March 2020
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Thanks so much for visiting - we're glad you enjoyed your time here!
Written 9 March 2020
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Tricia H
Carlow, Ireland1 contribution
5th class trip
Jan 2020 • Business
I took my class of 32 5th class students (age 11/12 years old) and the museum could not have been more accommodating. From the very start they replied very promptly to emails (due to a hactic classroom schedule I had to rearrange times) to the welcome the students recieved. Staff split the group into 2, assigned each group a tour guide and showed the students around. They were fantastic story tellers and really brought the artefacts to life. The answered all questions and were kind and considerate to the students at all times. I could not recommend this museum enough....Did I mention it's free of charge!! Thank you carlow museum, we are still talking about you in school!!
Written 25 February 2020
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Hello, thank you so much for your lovely review - we were delighted you and your students had such a great time at the museum! We love when school groups come to visit us - we're very proud of our collection and always want to show it off to local children so they can see for themselves how wonderful and surprising Carlow is! You'll always be welcome back at Carlow County Museum!
Written 27 February 2020
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breandanoscanaill
clifden county Galway71 contributions
interesting museum
Feb 2020
This is a wonderful museum which tells the story of Carlow from the earliest days to the present. There is something for everyone here and the displays are well set out. The building itself is very fine and is worth seeing.
Written 10 February 2020
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Thank you for your comment! We agree - the Museum building itself (a converted Presentation Convent) is museumworthy in its own right!
Written 11 February 2020
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Paul S
Kirkby-in-Ashfield, UK25 contributions
Great Museum
Jan 2020 • Couples
Carlow County Museum is great place to spend a few hours
The staff are very friendly and informative the museum is well laid out with lots to see, we learnt a lot about Carlow
Written 30 January 2020
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Thank you for your lovely comment, we're delighted you enjoyed your time here!
Written 3 February 2020
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Leo M
14 contributions
An intriguing trip back in time
Jun 2019 • Couples
Just yards from the hub and bub of Carlow’s Main Street you enter the peace and tranquility of the museum where an intriguing trip back in time facilitates reminiscing and even awe as we ponder how previous generations lived their life’s. A terrific array of interesting displays, well worth a visit
Written 6 November 2019
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Thank you Leo for such a positive review! We're so glad you had an interesting visit!
Written 11 November 2019
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Clive D
Rathvilly, Ireland17 contributions
Worth a visit
Nov 2019 • Family
Great local museum for young and old, very informative and items on display are fantastic to get a glimpse into Carlow’s bygone age.
Written 6 November 2019
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Thank you so much for such a lovely review!
Written 11 November 2019
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Ciara D
2 contributions
A VERY MEMORABLE AFTERNOON!
Aug 2019 • Business
A group of us visited this wonderful museum today and we enjoyed a very informative tour thanks to John who could not have been more helpful. He imparted his extensive and impressive knowledge with ease and made our visit extra special! We will definitely be back again soon. Activities Co Ordinator.
Written 28 August 2019
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Thank you for your lovely review Ciara, and we're delighted you enjoyed your tour! We'll make sure to pass on the praise to John :)
Written 29 August 2019
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Christy_Luv2
Gorey, Ireland1,850 contributions
BRILLIANT EXHIBITIONS.. A REAL FIND... STAFF EXCELLENT
Jun 2019 • Friends
We found this gem by accident, as we visited the Information Centre in College St to pick up a Carlow map. We spent a really pleasant hour on our own here and it was wonderful! Staff are excellent.. From the creation of the stained glass window, to the military memorabilia, to the Carlow Sugar demise, to the beautiful ceiling and pulpit from the Cathedral, we were totally entranced from the word go. This town is extremely proud of its heritage and this exhibition is in the old Chapel of the Nuns and very tastefully used to exhibit all the memorabilia. Thanks to everyone for being so helpful and informative. ENJOY!
Written 20 July 2019
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Thank you so much for such a lovely review! We are extremely proud to be able to tell the story of Carlow - we are delighted you enjoyed it!
Written 6 August 2019
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Bannergirl
Ennis, Ireland5,128 contributions
Very interesting museum
Apr 2019 • Couples
This little museum was a very pleasant surprise and had a great mix of the history of Carlow through sport, church, local businesses and lots of other aspects.
The display about St Willibrord on the top floor was very interesting too.
Written 18 May 2019
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Thank you so much for your lovely review!
Written 20 May 2019
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Carlow County Museum is open:
  • Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:30