Visit Ireland’s newest County Museum –

Carlow County Museum which was opened in April 2012. The Museum gives a snapshot of the wonderful history and heritage of the county. The building in which the Museum is now housed is a landmark building within the centre of Carlow town. Until 1989 it was home to the Presentation Sisters. The new Museum occupies the College Street end of the former Convent. The front of the building, facing Tullow Street, houses the Carlow Library. The Museum is accessed through the Fáilte Ireland Tourist Office. The Museum occupies the rest of the building which has four exhibition rooms, the two largest houses the Museums permanent collection while the two smaller rooms are used for temporary exhibitions.

View the famous and magnificent 19th century hand carved pulpit from Carlow Cathedral. The pulpit has been included in the Irish Times newspaper list ‘A History of Ireland in 100 Objects’, these are the top one hundred objects related to Irish history to view in our museums and galleries around Ireland. Also on view is the original gallows trapdoor from the Carlow Gaol; see the smoking pipe of Captain Myles Keogh, killed at the Battle of Little Big Horn; read about the great 19th century scientist John Tyndall who was the first man to discover the greenhouse effect. Our latest installation is a 1916 Stained Glass Panel by Artist Peadar Lamb, which depicts a Carlow connected narrative to the 1916 Rising.

The Museum has been developed by Carlow Town Council in partnership with the Carlow Historical & Archaeological Society (CHAS).  To further this partnership a Board of Carlow County Museum was established in 2005.


Entrance to Carlow County Museum, variety of objects on display including a culm crusher and serval glass display case

Entrance to Carlow County Museum via the Tourist Office

Free Admission

Carlow County Museum

College Street

Carlow Town

Tel:                  059 – 9131554

Fax:                 059 – 9142249

Email:              museum@carlowcoco.ie

Web:                http://www.carlow.ie/all-council-services/carlow-county-museum

Twitter:           twitter.com/carlowcountymus

Facebook:        facebook.com/carlowcountymuseum

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Museum Opening Hours:

June, July & August:

Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm; Sundays & Banks Holidays 2.00pm – 4.30pm

September to May:

Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 4.30pm

(last admission half hour before closing)

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