National Museum Of Ireland - Country Life

National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo is home to the national folklife collection. The Museum of Country Life is the first branch of the National Museum of Ireland to be located outside of Dublin. The award winning Museum is all about discovering the story of Irish country life between 1850 and 1950; a history which older visitors will remember clearly and enjoy reminiscing on.

Exhibits over the four floors include original artefacts and displays, captivating archival video footage and interactive screens. Discover the lives of our very recent ancestors through agriculture, fishing and hunting, clothing and textiles, furniture and fittings, trades and crafts, transport, calendar customs, leisure and religion. Eye-catching displays include handcrafted harvest knots and wickerwork, spinning wheels and boats, traditional clothing, the hand operated machinery our grandparents used and even a life size blacksmith’s forge attracting scores of goggle-eyed children.

The Museum runs a constantly changing programme of temporary exhibitions, workshops and events for adults, families and schools. This helps raise awareness of the Museum collection and the associated traditional crafts, customs and traditions.  The Museum Shop and Café are open during Museum hours with extended opening from 12pm each Sunday.

Turlough Park,
Co. Mayo


+353 (0) 94 9031755                                                                                                        


+353 (0)949031628                                                                                                   

Opening Hours:                                                                                                          

Monday: Closed (incl. Bank Holidays and Good Friday).

Tuesday to Saturday: 10am – 5pm


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Group tours and education programmes can be arranged through the

Education and Outreach Departments.



Fax: +353 (0) 94 9031498

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