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“Bit boring but very informative” 4 of 5 stars
Review of National Museum of Ireland - Country Life

National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
Turlough Park, Castlebar, Ireland
353 94 9031775
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Ranked #1 of 9 Attractions in Castlebar
Type: Museums
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Owner description: This award-winning Museum is home to the National Folklife Collection which represents traditional life in Ireland throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Fascinating artefacts deal with domestic life, agriculture, fishing and hunting, clothing and textiles, furniture and fittings, trades and crafts, transport, sports and leisure and religion. Set in the spectacular grounds of Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo the Museum treats visitors to a taste of how our ancestors lived their daily lives, in both difficult and joyful times. The excellent ‘hands-on’ public programmes which run throughout the year, consist of art and craft workshops, demonstrations and performances and runs alongside the exciting programme of temporary exhibitions which are ongoing throughout the year. Opening Times: The Museum opening hours are: Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm • Sunday 2pm-5pm • Closed Mondays (including Bank Holidays), Christmas Day and Good Friday. Admission to the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life is FREE. Shop & Café open.
rowley regis
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“Bit boring but very informative”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

This museum is great even if you don't like museums as they have beautiful walks around the place. The place does not charge however parking is an issue especially on event days. The museum is very knowledgeable on the subject however to a point where it is boring as I found with it's uses for straw exhibition. It was a great place even for small kid's as I saw a child's section however to fully appreciate the museum you need to fluently speak French as the final section is only in French and looks very interesting- that was the only real downside.

Visited August 2013
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NM I, Marketing Executive at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, responded to this review, September 18, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post a review of the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life. We are delighted you found the museum knowledgeable and enjoyed the grounds.
The last floor – LEVEL D – is dedicated to temporary exhibitions. The current exhibition "1689 - 2012, The Irish and France: Three Centuries of military relations" is the section with French and ends this Sunday 29 September 2013. Thanks again for your review.
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Ireland, UK
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“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Well worth a visit and admission is free!
Grounds are beautifully kept and the museum is very interesting and informative. Nice little cafe and shop.
Would have loved to have been able to see more of the house.

Visited July 2013
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mayo, ireland
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“worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

I found this place very interesting in the history of Ireland and how life was all those years ago ,There are nice grounds to walk around ,Admission is free its a ideal place to pass a few hours .There is also a little coffee shop if one needed to relax for a few minutes

Visited February 2013
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Wezembeek-Oppem, Belgium
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“Great museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

A short drive from Castlebar, the museum covers how the people lived in the old days, including the civil war. Mostly covers daily life and survival without being political. A great insight into life in the country.

Visited July 2013
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Castlebar, Ireland
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“Family outing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Stroll around the lovely gardens and view the house and the museum to spend a nice afternoon out of the town.Plenty to do and see and a lovely cafe and gift shop to visit also.Well worth the trip to see how life was many moons ago!

Visited June 2013
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