Carlow County Museum

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

Carlow County Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums
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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
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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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Kildare5
Newry, UK3 contributions
Friends
Visited the Museum today, a wonderful experience, so many interesting things to see. Very well worth a visit.
Written 25 November 2021
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strudel01
New Jersey40 contributions
Spent two hours here with my kids enjoying all of the wonderful exhibits. While it is Carlow-centric (obviously) the museum adds much to the story of Ireland, building on our understanding of events and significant people throughout history. There was so much here, thoughtfully displayed, we could have spent even more time discovering the treasures throughout. Curator John was a delight, answering questions on his way through the exhibits. He really added to the overall experience. Highly recommend this stop!
Written 11 August 2021
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Erica L
County Carlow, Ireland34 contributions
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, oklahoma1,170 contributions
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
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 Galway72 contributions
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
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
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
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
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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Carlow County Museum is open:
  • Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:30