Carlow County Museum in Carlow

Carlow County Museum is located in Carlow (county of Carlow)

Address: College Street, Carlow

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Phone: 059 9172492/ 059 9170300

Carlow County Museum is located in the Cultural Quarter of Carlow Town. The Museum proves very popular with both tourists and locals alike as it gives a snapshot of the wonderful history and heritage of the county. Among the items on display is the famous and magnificent 19th century hand carved pulpit from Carlow Cathedral. The pulpit has been included in the book ‘A History of Ireland in 100 Objects’ by Fintan O’Toole, winner of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2013 ‘Best Irish-published Book of the Year’. The pulpit is over 20ft tall and is made entirely of oak. Also on view is the original gallows trapdoor from the Carlow Gaol which was used during the 19th century for public executions. See the wooden smoking pipe of Captain Myles Keogh, who was killed at the infamous Battle of Little Big Horn in 1876. Myles was among the last to be killed in the battle and his horse Comanche survived the battle. Find out about the great 19th century scientist John Tyndall who was the first person to discover the greenhouse effect and has a peak in the Alps named after him. The Museum is home to the remains of the last cigarette smoked by Kevin Barry, a medical student from Co. Carlow was executed in 1920 in Mountjoy Gaol, Dublin at the age of 18 for his role in the Irish War of Independence. The Museum hosts special exhibitions and presently one of those exhibitions displays the early life of the county. ‘Journeys in Time – The Archaeology of the Carlow By-pass’ reveals the many archaeological treasurers found along the route of the M9 Carlow By-pass including the Museum’s smallest object, an Iron Age glass bead which is less than 2mm. This exhibition is in association with the National Museum of Ireland and the National Roads Authority. The County Museum is housed in the former Presentation Convent on College Street, just off Tullow Street, the main street of Carlow Town. The building is in a prime town centre location and is part of a complex that also houses the Tourist Office and the County Library. Visit Carlow County Museum and see what you are missing, admission is free. Carlow County Museum is operated Carlow County Council in association with the Carlow Historical & Archaeological Society. The Museum is a member of the Local Authority Museums’ Network (LAMN).


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