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Carlow County Museum
Músaem Chontae Cheatharlach
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Established 1973
Location Carlow, County Carlow, Ireland
Type County museum
Visitors 16,000 per annum

Carlow County Museum (Irish: Músaem Chontae Cheatharlach) is a county museum documenting the history of County Carlow. Located on College Street in Carlow town, the building was originally the Presentation Convent which also houses the Carlow Library and Archives.


The Museum was founded by the Carlow Historical & Archaeological Society (CHAS), then the Old Carlow Society, in 1973 and was run by the Society on a voluntary basis until 2002. The collections were housed first in the old Christian Brothers' building, and latterly the former theatre room of the Town Hall from 1979. The Museum was reopened in the redeveloped convent building in 2012, the last of the buildings to open in this new cultural quarter. It is now operated by Carlow Town Council and Carlow County Council in association with the CHAS.


The Museum consists of four exhibition rooms housing permanent and temporary displays. The diverse collection includes objects that cover the archaeological, history, social history and folk life of the local area. It is designated to collect archaeological finds by the National Museum of Ireland. One of the most notable objects on display is the 19th century pulpit from Carlow Cathedral which was included in The Irish Times A History of Ireland in 100 Objects. Other notable objects in the Museum's collections pertain to John Tyndall, Kevin Barry, Captain Myles Kehoe, and the Carlow Sugar Factory.

The Museum has unveiled a new installation as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, the 'Carlow 1916 Commemorative Stained Glass Panel by Peadar Lamb' depicts a Carlow narrative on the 1916 Rising, featuring some of the key Carlow figures and the role they played in 1916.

Currently on view is a special exhibition about St. Willibrord titled: Saint Willibrord, Patron Saint of Luxembourg and his County Carlow Connection.

Opening Hours & Admission

The museum is Free Admission and has full Wheelchair Access.

September–May: Mon–Sat: 10.00am – 4.30pm

June–August: Mon–Sat: 10.00am – 5.00pm Sun & Bank Holidays: 2.00pm – 4.30pm

Last admission half hour before closing.

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