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. 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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  • Set in beautiful ground, with trails etc. The museum is a purpose built building over four floors. Great collection of items from Ireland's past, all to do with historic ways of living. Very...  more »
  • Beautiful big grounds. Beautiful flowers and there's a playground. The museum is free and great history. Very organised and clean. There is a nice coffee shop where you can have lunch/coffee...  more »
  • An attracting and well organised museum which clearly explains how the life was in Ireland in the past years. We will get a clear picture of Ireland after the visit. Varieties of old equipments,machines,cloths are really awesome. Enough explanations and notes will be available in each stuff. Also plays a video in theatre which will be more helpful to understand the Ireland life. Very interesting and beautiful place.
  • If you look for the spectacular, this is not it. This museum is about every day life in Ireland in the last two or three centuries. And this, they show exceptionally well. Take your time, at least two hours I'd say, and try to imagine how life was before cell phones, self driving cars and flat screen TV. The exhibition will help you to understand how good your life is today, and how stressful the life was back then. It does that not in the way of a schoolmaster, but very gently and subtle. You look upon the world differently when you come out of this museum. Oh, and they also have a very nice museum Cafe...

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