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Carlow County Museum

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Address: College Street | Carlow Town, Carlow, Ireland
Phone Number:
+353 59 913 1554
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10:00 - 16:30
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The role of Carlow County Museum is to collect, preserve, conserve,...

The role of Carlow County Museum is to collect, preserve, conserve, document and display the history and material culture of the county. County Museums are significant in that they are a home for a county's many historic treasures and they become centres for research, education as well as maintaining high standards of collections care. In Ireland an official County Museum is one that is operated and funded by a Local Authority. Currently there are thirteen County Museums throughout Ireland. The County Museum was developed in partnership with the Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society. The Society has been collecting artifacts and archives relating to all aspects of County Carlow's history since the late 1960's. The Society opened a museum in 1974 and it was relocated in 1979 to the former Theatre of the Town Hall, a space provided by Carlow Town Council.The Society will retain a role in the development of the County Museum, through the medium of a Museum Board that will oversee the strategic development and devise the County Museum's policies.

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Interesting museum, worth the visit

Interesting, free museum. Learned more about County Carlow and town and its history. Enjoyed seeing the wooden church pulpit with its carvings. Worth visiting.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 November 2016
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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Interesting, free museum. Learned more about County Carlow and town and its history. Enjoyed seeing the wooden church pulpit with its carvings. Worth visiting.

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Wexford, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

The museum is a must see when visiting Carlow. It's very interesting and the tour guide makes the experience even better. We had John as the tour guide and he was fantastic.

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County Carlow, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Beautiful old building once convent to the Presentation Sisters in Carlow which now houses Carlow museum. Very interesting place to visit Carlow has lots of history and quite a lot is on show here. Probably most interesting is the beautiful carved pulpit which was removed from the Cathedral next door to museum it alone is worth seeing. Lovely peaceful place... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

This museum gives a fascinating look into Carlow's past. It was so much more interesting than I thought it was going to be. The artifacts are well presented and the whole experience was fun, for both adults and children. Also it was not too big. I am overwhelmed in larger museums, and my interest wanes when there is too much... More 

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Carlow, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

I decided one day in " the spur of the moment " to visit the Museum. I have to say it was a very enjoyable and informative experience. It is well laid out with excellent information at each stage. My young daughter's interest was also maintained throughout the visit. I had a lengthy conversation with a member of staff who... More 

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Carlow, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

A excellent museum in the heart of Carlow. Well worth a visit. Very interesting history and well displayed

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

We were lucky to tag along with a tour conducted by a historian at the museum. Full of wonderful and intriguing stories. The museum is really accessible with clear explanations of the treasures to be found there. Great fun and we learned a lot about Carlow and Ireland.

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Carlow, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

worth the visit , but need s a lot work on it , not overly exciting , but Carlow needs it, does a lot during the arts festival , but is not exactly inspiring

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Carlow, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

This museum has something for all form archaeology to religious life to everyday items our grand parents used. There is even a scale model of Carlow Railway station. and it is free

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Carlow, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

Centre-piece of the museum collection is the pulpit featured at left was crafted in Bruges at the end of the nineteenth century. Saint Brigid is featured on the upper tier along with the four evangelists: an interesting nineteenth century feminist action raising the position of women in the church in Ireland.

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