National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Castlebar
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Get a taste of rural Irish life over a 100-year period at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life. Housed inside Turlough Park House, the attraction showcases the harsh realities of life in the country, from farming to house building, in their permanent exhibit "Romanticism and Reality." Other exhibits highlight important rural celebrations, emigration, traditions, and artwork. A modern complex just a short walk across the park from the original Turlough Park House also features exhibits that celebrate rural Irish life. Visit the attraction's website to find out which upcoming events at the museum, or on the grounds, are open to the public. Make National Museum of Ireland - Country Life part of your personalized Castlebar itinerary using our Castlebar vacation planner.
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  • This is a lovely place to visit, it has a lovely path though the ground and it's open all year round. The museum itself is very interesting and it's free, and so peaceful there's so much to see. So ge...  more »
  • Really shows how the Irish people outside the cities lived. Lots of displays over two floors. The bottom floor is reserved for current handcraft displays. 
  • I liked discover the multiple uses of straw, but the meaning of Irish religious rites... exciting!
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  • Was sent up to Castlebar from the Workhouse Centre Tourist Office in Portumna and it was well worth the trip. It really is a wonderful museum on what I would consider to be 'the real Ireland'. And very family friendly. Excellent.
  • A must-see - if you have not been to any of those kind of museums. You learn about the irish culture, the struggles, they faced throughout the centuries. But: if you have been to one of those kind museums before, you won't learn new things. The museum in Tralee, as an example, shows the same amount of information.
  • Beautiful place full of art and history related to European culture. Must visit site in Dublin.
  • Nice reproduce of old Irish life including Great Feminine
  • Beautiful free museum, interesting facts about the old Ireland. On the last floor down, they have temporary expositions. Perfect place to visit on rainy days!