National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Castlebar

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. All galleries are wheelchair accessible. Closed on Mondays (including Bank Holidays, Good Friday, and Christmas Day). With our international travel planner, Castlebar attractions like National Museum of Ireland - Country Life can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Beautiful place for the whole family to enjoy a must for all to visit and it's free. But while you are there visit the cafe for fresh desserts or lunch a little pricey but for a treat it is lovely. I ...  more »
  • What a fantastic facility... spread over 3 floors in the most beautiful building, very informative about the culture of Irish people. And all set in the most beautiful grounds  more »
  • This was a great surprise to see this fine museum that I found very interesting. Lovely location and grounds to walk around.  more »
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  • Excellent visit. No charge to the museum, Museum is Bright, and spotless. Great exhibits. Perfect for children, big playground, and many activities in the museum to do. Gift shop is very small.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. Loved the layout and was an absolute joy to visit. Learned so much.
  • Strawboys! Banshees! Fairies! All the good stuff! Everything here is both priceless and worthless. Love it
  • Not worth the drive by tourists from Galway or Dublin. Our American family of 4 visited on Thursday Apr 4th, 2019. The museum covers the time period from 1850-1950. We were very disappointed. We were told that the exhibits were recently changed to appeal more to school children. Unfortunately, you won't learn anything uniquely Irish nor how the Irish lived (country life). The exhibits are geared for young children and lack depth. The exhibits are very generic and reflect tools & techniques that the entire world was using during the time period. The clothing exhibited was fancy and certainly not what an ordinary country Irish person wore. The house was closed (no explanation just what appeared to be a sign that sits there everyday). Fortunately, the entire trip from Dublin was saved by our visit to the National Irish Famine Museum & manor house at Strokestown Park (very uniquely Irish, very deep, very informative about life in the country).
  • Great for a lesurely day out. Interesting exhibits, beautiful grounds for walking, a variety of play structures, and delicious espresso in the cafe. The gift shop also has some gorgeous children's books.
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