Carlow County Museum
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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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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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strudel01
New Jersey40 contributions
Aug 2021
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 August 11, 2021
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Tricia H
Carlow, Ireland1 contribution
Jan 2020 • 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 February 25, 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 February 27, 2020
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edmondite
edmond, oklahoma1,187 contributions
Feb 2020
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 March 3, 2020
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Thanks so much for visiting - we're glad you enjoyed your time here!
Written March 9, 2020
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Erica L
County Carlow, Ireland34 contributions
Oct 2019
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 September 22, 2020
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breandanoscanaill
clifden county Galway72 contributions
Feb 2020
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 February 10, 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 February 11, 2020
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buffy051
Ireland45 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
Very good museum with lots of information. Very locally orientated which is appropriate but lots of other information also
Written June 28, 2016
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cardersan
Calgary, Canada14 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
We had a very informative tour of the museum as part of a group of approx 35 people on a tour bus - April 15, 2019 When we realized that our tour bus had broken down (a relatively new bus) the museum staff could not have been more accommodating and helpful - directing traffic, arranging refreshments at a nearby hotel, etc., leading us in person to the hotel while we waited for a replacement bus, and ensuring our bus driver (who was very stressed out!) also had food sent to him. 100% lovely staff (John, Tomas, and...another man whose name escapes.) Very caring. We were so impressed.
Written April 16, 2019
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Thank you so much for your lovely comments! We hope you enjoyed the rest of your tour, and the bus stayed in one piece! Looking forward to seeing you all again!
Written April 17, 2019
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Mary D
Dublin, Ireland9 contributions
Apr 2019 • Business
Fantastic tour given by John McDarby on 6th April, it was really interesting, covering local and national history. I would recommend a visit, it’s very authentic and provides a local slant on Irish history. John is a fantastic guide, so knowledgeable.
Written April 10, 2019
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Thank you so much - we've passed on your review to John who is delighted with the lovely comments. You're always welcome back again!
Written April 12, 2019
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Richard C
4 contributions
Apr 2016 • Family
Small but interesting with nice local history. A place to visit when in Carlow. In the middle of town.
Written April 27, 2016
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Sheila312
Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria21 contributions
Aug 2012 • Friends
I love Carlow Museum. It has all the history of Carlow Town and Co. Carlow. It has free addmission. Its opening hours are great. The staff and volunteers are brillent. Well worth a vist. It is located in the Old Presentation Covent. Entry can be gained by Tullow Street or Collage Street.
Written August 18, 2012
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  • Mon - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM