Country Life Museum Turlough Mayo

Country Life Museum Turlough Mayo

Country Life Museum Turlough Mayo is part of the National Museums of Ireland and explores traditional ways of life in Ireland through trades, crafts, farming, hunting, fishing, domestic life and festivals.

Exhibitions cover traditional ways of life in Ireland dating from the 1850s and offer a fascinating glimpse of rural life where inhabitants used ingenuity and skill to form and mould everyday natural objects into tools and accessories to assist their daily routines.

The museum is housed on the site of Turlough Park, which was the traditional home of the Fitzgerald family, to whom the estate was granted under the Cromwellian land settlements of the mid-seventeenth century. As the original Turlough House was not suitable as a major exhibition space, a new building was purpose-built alongside it.

Exhibitions are spread over 4 floors and cover an Introduction to Rural Life, Crafts and the Environment, Crafts and the Community and rotating Temporary Exhibitions.

Opening hours at Country Life Museum Turlough Mayo are:

• Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm
• Sunday 2pm- 5pm
• Closed Mondays (including Bank Holidays), Christmas Day and Good Friday

Free Admission
Admission to all four sites of the National Museum of Ireland is free.

Find it:

Shop & Café Opening Hours:

Museum shops and cafés are open during Museum opening times, with extended opening for the café from 12pm on Sundays.

Events at the Country Life Museum Turlough Mayo

March 2017

 

The Hoard & The Sword: Echoes of the Vikings in Mayo

Wed 1st – Fri 31st Mar. During Opening Hours

Temporary Exhibition, All Ages

This exhibition explores the discovery of a hoard of silver bracelets from Cushalogurt, Kilmeena, and a Viking sword found in the River Moy at Coolcronaun. This is the largest hoard of silver armrings found in Ireland and the sword is a fine example of late 10th century craftsmanship. These objects give evidence of Mayo’s Viking Heritage. Exhibition continues until June 2017.

 

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Springtime Woolies

Fri 3rd Mar. 11am – 1pm

Drop-in Activity, Adults & Children 7+

Join the Museum Knitting Circle to make your own springtime knits and crochet. Start a new project or get help finishing an old one! Exchange ideas and tips. Learn a new skill for life. Beginners welcome. No booking required.

 

Mayo Genealogy Group

Sat 11th Mar. 11:30am – 1pm

Drop-in Activity, Adults

If you have an interest in finding out about your family history come along for free practical tips with the Mayo Genealogy Group. No booking required. New researchers welcome.

 

Tales of St. Patrick

Sat 18th Mar. 11:30am – 12:30pm

Performance, Adults and children 4-7

Have a fun and magical time with renowned storyteller Rab C Fulton who will tell you the magical stories of St. Patrick. Booking required.

 

Stories of Saints and Snakes

Sat 18th Mar. 2pm – 3pm

Performance, Adults & Children 7+

Celebrate St Patricks Festival with award winning storyteller Rab C Fulton. Hear about the folklore and myths of Irelands much loved saint in this captivating and uplifting storytelling session. Booking required

 

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Springtime Woolies

Fri 24th Mar. 11am -1pm

Drop-in Activity, Adults & Children 7+

Join the museum knitters to make your own spring time knits and crochet. Start a new project or get help finishing an old one! Exchange ideas and tips. Learn a new skill for life. Beginners welcome. No booking required.

 

Connacht Textile Crafters

Sat 25th Mar. 11:30am & 3:30pm

Drop-in Activity, All Ages

Meet the talented Connacht Textile Crafters who work in a range of textile crafts, both traditional and contemporary. A special craft theme will be displayed on the day at this ‘show and tell’ event. No booking required.

 

Mothers’ Day Crafty Notebook Workshop

Sun 26th Mar. 2:30pm – 4pm

Workshop, Adults & Children 7+

Give something back to your mum by making her a special notebook or bring her along to take part in this workshop with Eilis Murphy of ‘Folded Leaf’. Booking required.

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