It’s the Weekend: National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Co Mayo

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This weekend, delve into Ireland’s rich heritage at the museum of Country Life in County Mayo.

The museum is located in Turlough village, eight kilometers northeast of Castlebar. Museum admission is free but must be booked in advance. Click here to book your tickets.

National Museum of Ireland – Country Life


Hearth and Home

Explore a traditional home in rural Ireland. This exhibition focuses on aspects of family and home life. Learn about how houses were built, maintained and furnished in the past. Information and items relating to clothing and feeding the family are also on display.

Life in the Community

A celebration and exploration of Irish festivals and holidays. Annual Irish festivals were originally associated with protecting the family and the farmstead from illness and harm. This exhibition focuses on links between these events and sustainability of the land, the family and the community.

Cycling the Country

Cycling the Country Exhibition

A look into the history and development of the bicycle. Since the 1930s, bicycles have been a major mode of transport in Ireland. The exhibition retells stories associated with cycling through images and other artefacts.

The Natural Environment

Learn about 1850 Ireland, when most people lived off the land. This exhibition gives insight into land, resources and natural building materials and their uses in the development of Irish landscapes.

Culture Night at the museum

As part of this year’s Culture Night, Country Life will keep its doors open late tonight (17 September). The museum will be showcasing all of its usual exhibits until 9pm, as well as some temporary exhibitions including A Forgotten Polish Hero of the Great Irish Famine and Polish folk art.

Opening hours:

  • Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm
  • Sunday and Monday 1pm-5pm
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Ava Farrelly
Ava Farrelly
Ava Farrelly is a travel journalist for travel2ireland, ITTN and TravelTimes. With a background in arts, culture and lifestyle, Ava has a keen eye for the most visit-worthy destinations and all their attractions.

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