29 Museums in Ireland that you should visit - With photos & details

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29 Museums to explore in Ireland

A country in the north-western Europe. Ireland, or Republic of Ireland shares its only border with Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. It is surrounded by the ocean in all it's other sides. About 40% of the countries 5 million population lives in the greater city area of Dublin.

Allihies Copper Mine MuseumAllihies village, Beara, Co. Cork, Ireland, Cloan, Co. Cork, Ireland

The Allihies Copper Mine Museum is a museum dedicated to the history of copper mining in the Allihies area in County Cork. It is situated on the Wild Atlantic Way. The exhibitions cover all aspects of the history of copper mining in the area, from prehistoric times all the way up to the nineteenth century and the Industrial Revolution. The displays also cover the local geology and the social history of the mining heritage.

Arklow Maritime MuseumN Quay, Ferrybank, Arklow, Co. Wicklow, Y14 Y744, Ireland

The Arklow Maritime Museum opened in 1976 in the old technical school on Saint Marys Road in Arklow, County Wicklow. Its original purpose was to celebrate the town's rich seafaring heritage, described by the late maritime historian John de Courcy Ireland in a letter to the museum as "Ireland's Most Maritime Town". In 2009, the museum moved to its current location at the Bridgewater Shopping Centre.

Armagh County MuseumThe Mall, East, Armagh BT61 9BE, UK

This is one of the oldest county museum in Ireland is set in Armagh’s beautiful Georgian tree lined Mall. Located near the centre of St Patrick’s cathedral city, a visit to Armagh County Museum is an ideal way to experience a flavour of the orchard county. Its  collections ranging from local history and fine art to archaeology and natural history, this is the ideal place to experience a flavour of the famous ‘orchard county’.

Battle of the Boyne Visitor CentreBattle of the Boyne Visitor Centre, Drybridge, Co. Meath, Ireland

The Visitor Centre is housed in the restored 18th century Oldbridge House on the banks of the River Boyne. It gives an in-depth insight into the battle between King William III and his father-in-law King James II in 1690. Explore the colourful tale of the Battle of the Boyne through detailed displays and historical reenactments.

Carlow County MuseumCarlow Tourist Office, College St, Carlow, Ireland

Carlow County Museum is a museum documenting the history of County Carlow. Located on College Street in Carlow town, the building was originally the Presentation Convent; it also houses the County Library and Archives. It contains a growing collection of over 5,000 artefacts which represents a wide range of periods and topics.

Castlerea Railway MuseumMain St, Demesne, Co. Roscommon, Ireland

It is one of the largest and most varied repository of railway heritage memorabilia in the country, with the exception of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.  This small privately run museum displays a unique collection of the passionate railway fan Sean Browne, who began in the 1950s to collate railway memorabilia: Nearly everything from signals, lamps, bells and tokens over warning plaques, posters and time tables to station boards

Cavan County MuseumVirginia Rd, Kilmore, Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan, Ireland

Cavan County Museum is a museum dedicated to the history of County Cavan. The museum is housed in the former Convent of St Clare in Ballyjamesduff. The museum was established to collect, conserve and display the material heritage and culture of County Cavan, over its 6000-year history, for the benefit of the people.

Cobh Heritage Centre. The Queenstown StoryThe Queenstown Story @ Cobh Heritage Centre Deepwater Quay Tel 021 4813591 Deepwater Quay, Kilgarvan, Cobh, Co. Cork, P24 CY67, Ireland

The Cobh Heritage Centre is a museum located in Cobh, County Cork, Ireland. It is attached to Cobh railway station. It has held exhibits on life in Ireland through the 18th and 19th centuries, mass emigration, the Great Famine, on penal transportation to Australia, and on the sinking of the RMS Lusitania.  The centre is a tourist destination, including with visitors from cruise ships, which often dock in Cobh. The centre has two onsite gift shops and a café.

Cobh MuseumScots Church, High Road, Kilgarvan, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland

Cobh Museum is situated overlooking Cork Harbour. The exhibitions reflect the cultural, social and maritime history of Cobh and the Great Island. Formerly known as Queenstown, Cobh has a long maritime history and is known throughout the world for its association with emigration and was the last port of call for the RMS Titanic.

County Carlow Military MuseumHealth Services Complex, Athy Rd, Strawhall, Carlow, R93 PK46, Ireland

A majestic military museum housed in a late 19th century Church in Carlow Town. The museum has a wide range of exhibits relating to Carlow's military history. A large proportion of the museum's collections comprises material related to the Irish Defence Forces, with a number of uniforms displayed from the Defence Forces starting from the foundation of the state and ending with uniforms currently in use.

County Museum Dundalk8 Jocelyn St, Townparks, Dundalk, Co. Louth, A91 EFY9, Ireland

This museum is located in a beautifully restored late 18th century warehouse in the Carroll Centre at Roden Place in Jocelyn Street.  The collections document the history of County Louth, from the Stone Age to the present, in three permanent exhibition galleries. Some of the objects on display are examples of Irish rock art, and objects relating to Oliver Cromwell. The museum is designated by the National Museum of Ireland to collect archaeological finds.

Doagh Famine VillageLagacurry, Co. Donegal, Ireland

This is an outdoor museum that tells the story of life in the area from the Famine back in the 1840s, through the 1900s to the present day. Different to any other tourist attraction in Ireland the Famine Village depicts life in Ireland as it was, uncommercialised,interdenominational interspersed with humorous anecdotes of Irish life. It contains a wide selection of actual size attractions, including some original dwellings which were still inhabited up to 20 years ago.

Irish Military War MuseumStarinagh, Collon, Co. Meath, A92 V4K7, Ireland

A fascinating Museum offers a fascinating insight into Irish participants’ involvement in both World War One and World War Two, as well as other military conflicts in world history. It offers a fascinating insight into Irish participants’ involvement in both World War One and World War Two, as well as other military conflicts in world history. It also houses one of the finest collections of WW2 Allied and Axis vehicles and deactivated weapons ever assembled in Ireland.

Kerry County MuseumAshe Memorial Hall, Denny St, Tralee, Co. Kerry, V92 CXE3, Ireland

A majestic museum located in Tralee, County Kerry in Ireland. The museum is based in the Ashe Memorial Hall in the centre of Tralee. The aim of the museum is to collect, record, preserve and display the material heritage of Co. Kerry. Under the National Monuments Act and the National Cultural Institutions Act, it is a designated repository for archaeological artefacts in Co. Kerry.

Kiltyclogher Heritage CentreMain St, Corraleskin, Kiltyclogher, Co. Leitrim, Ireland

Kiltyclogher Heritage Centre is located in Kiltyclogher, County Leitrim. It houses an exhibition about the 1916 Proclamation signatory Seán MacDiarmada. The exhibition contains an audio visual facility and interpretive panels, providing visitors with information about Seán MacDiarmada and the history of the locality.

Knock MuseumKnock Museum, Churchfield, Knock, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Knock Museum tells the story of the Knock Apparition at Knock, Co. Mayo in 1879. It describes how fifteen local Roman Catholic witnesses claimed to have seen the Lamb of God, the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist at the south gable of the local parish church on 21 August, 1879. Visitors can read the testimony of pilgrims describing how they were miraculously cured and listen to the memories and stories of some of the one.

Lár na Páirce MuseumSlievenamon Rd, Thurles Townparks, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

The Lár na Páirce Museum is housed in an elegant 19th century building in Thurles, County Tipperary. The exhibition tells the story of the Gaelic games of hurling, football, camogie and handball, from legendary times to the present day. It was the first centre of its kind in the country and the first museum dedicated to telling the story of Gaelic sports in an interactive way.

Ledwidge Cottage MuseumJaneville, Slane, Co. Meath, Ireland

The Ledwidge Cottage Museum commemorates the Irish poet, political activist, nationalist and war hero Francis Ledwidge (1887-1917). The cottage is the family home where Ledwidge was the eight of nine children who grew up in poverty.  It is a perfect example of a 19th Century farm labourer's cottage and was purchased and restored by the Francis Ledwidge Museum Committee in 1981.

Lusitania Museum & Old Head Signal TowerLusitania Museum & Old Head Signal Tower Project, Ballymackean, Old Head, Co. Cork, P17 T683, Ireland
Maynooth University MuseumCollegeland, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland

The National Science and Ecclesiology Museum at Maynooth is a science museum and museum of ecclesiology, located on the joint campus of St Patrick's College, Maynooth and Maynooth University, Ireland. It is an institution of the college, having begun as an ecclesiological museum. The museum holds various artefacts from the history of science in Ireland.