National Museum of Ireland - Country Life

Home to the national collection of objects representing the traditional way of life in Ireland since 1850, the National Museum of Country Life is set in modern exhibition galleries in the spectacular grounds of the 19th. century Turlough Park House and surrounded by magnificent gardens and a lake. The extensive grounds of Turlough Park feature gardens, woodland walks, a river and lake all overlooked by an ancient round tower.

The award-winning museum is home to the National Folklife Collection. With exhibitions spread over four floors, the Museum gives its visitors a unique opportunity to see how the people of Ireland lived in the hundred years between the Great Famine and the end of the 1950’s. The exhibition comprises Interactive displays and screens, & actual video footage of rural traditions, along with real-life exhibits.

Turlough Park House and Gardens
Visitors can also explore Turlough Park House, a 19th century Victorian Gothic house. It was built in 1865 for the Fitzgerald family to replace a much older building near the entrance to the park. The house boasts 3 floors of living space in the main living quarters. The Drawing Room and Library on the ground floor are open to the public, and furnished as they may have looked in 1900.

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm

Sunday 2pm-5pm

Closed Mondays (including Bank Holidays), Christmas Day and Good Friday

Admission to the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life is FREE.

More information on the National Museum of Ireland website

Address: National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Telephone: (094) 903 1755