Carlow County Museum is located on College Street in the Cultural Quarter of Carlow Town. We are open all year round and admission is free.

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Visit Carlow County Museum today and see what you’re missing!


Carlow County Museum is located in Carlow’s Cultural Quarter, just off the town’s main street 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!

View our special exhibitions:

‘Journeys in Time – The Archaeology of the Carlow By-pass’

‘On my Honour I will Try…Scouting in Carlow, 90 Years Growing’


If you have visited Carlow County Museum we would love to read your reviews on Tripadvisor! In 2016, 2017 and 2018 we were pleased to be awarded a Certificate of Excellence, so a huge thank you to all our visitors who shared their reviews online.


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