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Carlow County Museum

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Address: College Street | Carlow Town, Carlow, Ireland
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+353 59 913 1554
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10:00 - 16:30
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The role of Carlow County Museum is to collect, preserve, conserve,...

The role of Carlow County Museum is to collect, preserve, conserve, document and display the history and material culture of the county. County Museums are significant in that they are a home for a county's many historic treasures and they become centres for research, education as well as maintaining high standards of collections care. In Ireland an official County Museum is one that is operated and funded by a Local Authority. Currently there are thirteen County Museums throughout Ireland. The County Museum was developed in partnership with the Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society. The Society has been collecting artifacts and archives relating to all aspects of County Carlow's history since the late 1960's. The Society opened a museum in 1974 and it was relocated in 1979 to the former Theatre of the Town Hall, a space provided by Carlow Town Council.The Society will retain a role in the development of the County Museum, through the medium of a Museum Board that will oversee the strategic development and devise the County Museum's policies.

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A visit to Carlow County Museum is very worthwhile. Its small size makes it a pleasant and very digestible museum experience which children can easily enjoy. There is a wide range... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Elaine M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A visit to Carlow County Museum is very worthwhile. Its small size makes it a pleasant and very digestible museum experience which children can easily enjoy. There is a wide range of artefacts on display which provide an excellent picture of Carlow's history and create a narrative of everyday life in Ireland, with collections covering everything from the Sugar Factory... More 

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1 Thank Elaine M
CarlowMuseum, Manager at Carlow County Museum, responded to this review

Thank you Elaine for your review, really fantastic to hear your kind words so glad you enjoyed your visit to Carlow County Museum. Hope to see you again soon! More 

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Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

We had a great visit to the museum in Carlow.Free admission and gives a real insight into the history of county Carlow.

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CarlowMuseum, Manager at Carlow County Museum, responded to this review

Thank you Simon for your review, so glad you enjoyed visiting us here in Carlow County Museum. Hope to see you again soon! More 

Carlow, Ireland
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3 reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017

What a fantastic museum! Great displays, well laid out. A chance to step back in time for free! I brought 3 small kids and we passed an hour with no complaints. It was a great chance to explain some of Carlow's history which I didn't know. I would highly recommend this museum for a visit.

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Thank Maria8cullen
CarlowMuseum, Manager at Carlow County Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much Maria for your review, so happy the kiddies enjoyed it too. Hope to see you again soon! More 

Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

On view here the magnificent 19th century hand carved pulpit from Carlow Cathedral. Objects on display cover the archaeological, history, social history of the area, also a Commemorative Stained Glass Panel by Peadar Lamb depicts a Carlow narrative on the 1916 Rising

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CarlowMuseum, Manager at Carlow County Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review, hope to see you again soon! More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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6 reviews
Reviewed 18 November 2016

Interesting, free museum. Learned more about County Carlow and town and its history. Enjoyed seeing the wooden church pulpit with its carvings. Worth visiting.

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CarlowMuseum, Manager at Carlow County Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review, the Pulpit is one of our favourites here too it really is a fine example of hand carving. Hope to see you again soon! More 

Wexford, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

The museum is a must see when visiting Carlow. It's very interesting and the tour guide makes the experience even better. We had John as the tour guide and he was fantastic.

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1 Thank Regina R
CarlowMuseum, Manager at Carlow County Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review, glad you enjoyed your tour. John really is one of a kind, and has so much insightful local knowledge! More 

County Carlow, Ireland
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Reviewed 20 September 2016

Beautiful old building once convent to the Presentation Sisters in Carlow which now houses Carlow museum. Very interesting place to visit Carlow has lots of history and quite a lot is on show here. Probably most interesting is the beautiful carved pulpit which was removed from the Cathedral next door to museum it alone is worth seeing. Lovely peaceful place... More 

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CarlowMuseum, Manager at Carlow County Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review, the Pulpit really is something special. Glad you enjoyed the peace here it really is a good place to get away from it all for an hour or two. More 

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Reviewed 15 September 2016

This museum gives a fascinating look into Carlow's past. It was so much more interesting than I thought it was going to be. The artifacts are well presented and the whole experience was fun, for both adults and children. Also it was not too big. I am overwhelmed in larger museums, and my interest wanes when there is too much... More 

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CarlowMuseum, Manager at Carlow County Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words! Great to read you were pleasantly surprised by what we have to offer here in the Museum, our temporary gallery will feature a new exhibition this Summer, so if you are in Carlow be sure to come visit us again! More 

Carlow, Ireland
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Reviewed 26 August 2016

I decided one day in " the spur of the moment " to visit the Museum. I have to say it was a very enjoyable and informative experience. It is well laid out with excellent information at each stage. My young daughter's interest was also maintained throughout the visit. I had a lengthy conversation with a member of staff who... More 

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Thank sandra k
CarlowMuseum, Manager at Carlow County Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! Yes be sure to come visit us again, there's always something you might of missed the first time. We will pass on your kind words to the staff and volunteers. More 

Carlow, Ireland
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Reviewed 10 August 2016

A excellent museum in the heart of Carlow. Well worth a visit. Very interesting history and well displayed

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Thank Linda D
CarlowMuseum, Manager at Carlow County Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review, glad you enjoyed your visit! More 

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