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“A potted guide to Irish history” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cavan County Museum

Cavan County Museum
Virginia Road | Ballyjamesduff, Cavan, Ireland
353 49 8544070
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Ranked #2 of 11 attractions in Cavan
Type: Museums
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N. Ireland
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“A potted guide to Irish history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Not many people can say that they have visited Ballyjamesduff but to those who intend to - in the future - I would recommend the Cavan County Museum. It consists of 3 floors with a number of rooms on each, charting the history of Ireland from 7,000 years ago to the present day. All subjects are well illustrated with artifacts and wonderful graphics. There will be areas of interest to all ages - young to old. It was fascinating to see the links which Cavan had with Percy French and to see some of his paintings.
There were many interesting and sometimes distressing figures on subjects such as the Great Famine.
Coming from Northern Ireland, I was interested to see how the history was portrayed. The facts of invasion and wars were well presented and I must compliment the museum on what I believe to be a very fair and unbiased display. One room was dedicated to Peace and Reconciliation and It is to the credit of the museum that they are helping to educate the children of today to be good citizens for the future.

Visited July 2013
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Cavan, Ireland
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“Cavan County Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This museum is located in the busy little village of Ballyjamesduff just a 10mins drive from Virginia. The museum itself is housed in a former nunnery and retains much of its original architectural features, indeed it can very atmospheric and is supposedly haunted by a couple of old nuns! The ground floor has Neolithic to Iron Age displays including a surprisingly well-preserved dug-out canoe (the main advantage of being designated a COUNTY museum is that local archaeological finds and curios are allowed to stay within the county). The second floor has an extremely impressive GAA collection and also some fantastic costumes and uniforms from various periods of Cavan's history. The top floor is used as an art gallery and always has something interesting to show. There are regular seminars and talks on historical themes and also a craft/quilt making work shop. The staff are very friendly and informative and there is a gift shop and a gift shop available. Outside there is free and plentiful secure parking as well as a small playground for kids with nature walks and gardens for picnics. A wonderful place to pass an afternoon however there is a small entrance fee (2euros I think).

Visited July 2013
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“The story of a county that never changes”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

I have been to the Cavan Museum several times over the years and what it lacks in some ways it tries to make up for in other ways. Sport, religion, landlordism and emigration seem to be historically the most important things to Cavan people. This museum tells us nothing of Cavan's historic industrial heritage particularly from the position of being an important county for the early linen industry and that of some of Irelands leading dairy Co-op's that were throughout the past century important to sustaining local agriculture. The museum is run on a shoestring budget from Cavan county council could I feel offer a lot more if they were to involve local volunteers and some imaginative folks with some modern ideas about telling the story of the past. Recommend a visit on a rainy day for folks with nothing better to do.

Visited June 2013
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“Great place to catch up on history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Not a long tour, but gives you great insight on Cavan and the surrounding history. They have an elevator so museum is accessible to all. Great tea room and scones, wonderful garden out back of museum.

Visited April 2013
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“Great local museum!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

I stumbled onto the Cavan County Museum by chance when I was looking for an indoor thing to see on a rainy day, and it was well worth it! The staff were extremely friendly, and the exhibits did a great job of grounding local history in the larger context. There was a great variety of exhibit types - standard artifact cases, informative signs, oral history, videos, and lots of replicas to give a feel to what life was like in various parts of history in the county. This local museum really did a great job with their interpretation and presentation of the past and making it accessible to the public. Definitely recommend, and not just on a rainy day!

Visited January 2013
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