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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  • Easy self guided tour that brings the early 19th and late 20th century life in rural Ireland to life. A mixture of displays and videos give a real sense to the hardship of the times.  more »
  • Visited in the Autumn just as the weather was turning cooler but was still delighted at the grounds, especially the old cottage. This is a great treak for families and couples alike. The sunday we wer...  more »
  • Have visited this museum several times. Great insight in country life. Lovely cafe. Grounds of the Museum are great for small kids to run around. Kids are also made very welcome in the museum as well....  more »
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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!