Visit the multi award winning Carlow County Museum and see what you’re missing.
Be wowed by the 340 million year old fossil, the 20ft church pulpit and an exquisite 2mm Iron Age glass bead!
Among the displays are exhibitions featuring: the magnificently hand carved 19th century wooden pulpit from Carlow Cathedral which has been included in the prestigious list A History of Ireland in 100 Objects by the Irish Times newspaper and the Royal Irish Academy; John Tyndall, Carlow’s prolific 19th century scientist whose discoveries still have an impact to this day; Kevin Barry, a medical student from County Carlow, was executed in 1920 in Mountjoy Gaol at the age of 18 for his role in the War of Independence; Captain Myles Kehoe was in the 7th US Calvary and was killed in the battle of Little Big Horn along with General Custer; Carlow Sugar Factory, Ireland’s first and largest sugar factory, was opened in 1926 and archaeological finds from the Carlow by-pass which are on display for the first time since discovery, courtesy of the National Museum of Ireland and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).
Carlow County Council in partnership with Carlow Historical and Archaeological society has developed the museum. The museum is part of Carlow town’s Cultural Quarter and admission is free. The museum is self-guided but tour for groups (10+ can be pre booked). The museum is a must on the itinerary of school tours and students have the opportunity to handle historic objects. The museum was Ireland’s County Museum of the Year 2014 – ‘15.