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“Worth a visit for any age 3-103!”

National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Castlebar
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed November 5, 2012

It was a pleasant surprise to find such a modern, well laid out and hugely interesting museum just outside Castlebar. Its another world we live in now! Enjoyed every bit and had a gorgeous lunch too.

Thank BCM72
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

I was expecting this to not be very good since it was free and out in the sticks--I was wrong. The museum exhibits in a modern building were very informative, although we missed the film. Behind the museum was a pretty lake and a round tower ruin up the hill. In front of the museum was Turlough Park House which we missed touring inside due to lack of time. There was also a greenhouse of flowers and some nice landscaped walking areas. We had lunch here too--it was average. But overall this place was a real gem and deserved several hours.

Thank MoreTravelFun
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

We came upon the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life on a visit to the area. What an insight to country life and the prolonged hardship of those on the west coast of Ireland and the Aran Islands. Extremely well documented and laid out.

Beautiful gardens and a lake.

A must to visit and you dont have to pay.

Thank Jennifer R
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

This museum was just the right size. It didn't overwhelm our senses, yet covered the history of the history of the times of the famine quite well. There were artifacts as well as video explanations. They had hands-on items for children. The bonus was the cafe in the older building. They had pinwheel sliced sandwiches, and very tasty soups, to mention a few of the items. Oh did I mention the museum is free.

Thank Kathy_Roberts
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

We went on a Sunday afternoon when it was open from 2 - 5pm and unfortunately ran out of time to view all of the exhibits. Its galleries in the modern building depict Irish country life over a century between 1850 and 1950 with numerous artifacts and display boards. The house and especially the grounds including the lake are a delight to explore especially on a beautiful (rare!) sunny day.

Thank Maureen401
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