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National Museum of Ireland - Country Life

National Museum of Ireland - Country Life

Turlough Park, Castlebar, County Mayo

Contact: Maureen Gaule - Marketing Department, Alexane Torterat - Marketing Department
[email protected]

  • Public Guided Tours
  • Guided Group Tours
  • Private Group Tours
  • Car Parking
  • Self Guided Interpretation
  • Guided Tours
  • Shop
  • Cafe
  • Conference Facilities
  • Corporate Meeting Facilities
  • Outdoor Facilities
  • Irish

Set in modern exhibition galleries in the spectacular grounds of Turlough Park House and surrounded by magnificent gardens. Visitors experience traditions of rural life throughout Ireland from 1850-1950 in the Award-Winning Museum of Country Life.
Fascinating artefacts, which are drawn from the National Folklife Collection, deal with domestic life, agriculture, fishing and hunting, clothing and textiles, furniture and fittings, trades and crafts, transport, calendar customs, leisure and religion. With our interactive displays,screens and actual video footage of traditions, that we are quickly losing, are featured alongside handcrafted harvest knots and wickerwork, spinning wheels and boats, clothing and artefacts from the islands and hand operated machinery our grandparents used.

Explore the Museum’s collections through the Education and Outreach programmes, which include guided tours, workshops and demonstrations, ‘Behind the Scenes’ tours, lectures, handling sessions plus activity sheets for children and families. Outreach visits can be arranged through the Education and Outreach Department.