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“Wonderful building and exhibitions”

National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Castlebar
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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.
Dundee, Scotland
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56 reviews
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“Wonderful building and exhibitions”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

We chanced on this place, having heard about it on RTE. Turlough House was the home of a famous Irish duellist with a colourful history! The museum itself is in a modern building with views over the turlough. Its exhibits focus on aspects of rural life over the years in Ireland with a particular emphasis on traditional crafts. In the 1930's someone had the foresight to have garments and other artefact made using the sort of skills that would inevitably die out and these are on view. The contrast between the idyll of rural life and the often harsh reality is well made.

Visited May 2013
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Ballina, Ireland
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“Amazing museum”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

I suppose given the fact its free, then is stunning to see this Museum. Everything about the place is amazing, Gardens and the Museum itself. Well worth a visit if you are in Mayo and its near Horkans Garden centre which is worth a visit.

Visited May 2013
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Galway, Ireland
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58 reviews
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“Well worth a visit.”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

It's a little bit out of the way because it is outside of Castlebar but if you have a car it is well worth the trip. They have an exhibition on the different uses of materials in Ireland long ago including examples of things people made from straw. It is very informative but is quite small so is not overwhelming. I think there are tours so you could get an overview with someone who knows their stuff but even if you were to wander around and just read the notices you'd understand everything and what I thought was really good was that they had old footage from the archives that you could see people making baskets, etc. There are things the children can touch such as clothes and there are little worksheets that they can do while they are walking around. There are temporary exhibitions there too. There is also an audio visual show which is about 20 minutes long and the DVD/Video can be bought in the shop. There are lovely grounds which are also open to the public. You can visit the house too but I was only able to see a few rooms. Not sure if the other rooms are normally open to visitors.

Visited April 2013
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Wesport Ireland
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“Fantastic museum - worth a visit”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

Really great museum, worth a visit, lovely grounds with lake. Nice cafe for a coffee and cake, but don't bother eating there, food is not good, tasteless and over priced.

Visited February 2013
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Ireland
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“Very informative and enjoyable”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

Is very well laid out and would be fun for children,there are replicas of clothes from the Aran islands that they can try on. We stayed 2hrs but it wasn't long enough!

Visited March 2013
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