School visits are free!

A man trap, ghost turnips, boys in skirts, harpoons and faeries... 

Journey back in time and marvel at the innovation and endurance of our rural ancestors.  Spark the imagination of children of all ages in an ‘out of classroom’ experience with a difference.

Turlough Park, overlooked by an ancient Round Tower, has a magic of its own!  Take a walk around the lake, learn about life 100 years ago, weave a harvest knot or discover science in everyday life! 

With all this on offer, plan to stay for at least 2 hours.

Our activities and resources support the curriculum - children won’t even realise they’re learning!

Find out more….

What can you do at the museum?

What's On? Download the schools programme.

Or choose a tour, workshop or demonstration:


Workshops & Demonstrations

Find out about:

Primary Projects


Discover Primary Science
Discover Primary Science Programme

Discover Science in 'everyday life’ through a range of tours and hands-on workshops for primary school children from 1st to 6th class. Topics include clothing, food production and nature. Activities are offered from September through to April. A flagship project run by the Discover Science & Engineering (DSE) Awareness Programme.

Patrick Gately, raft maker and James G. Delaney, Irish Folklore Commission beside a rush raft made for fishing and fowling on the River Suck in Co. Roscommon, 1962.
The Natural Environment Level B

How the way of life in rural Ireland was influenced by the landscape and local, natural resources.

Guns from Irish History Workshop
The Times Level B

This exhibition looks at the immediate post-Famine period, the Land War, the Land League and Home Rule agitation of the late 19th Century and the road to an independent Ireland.

St. Brigid's Cross, South Ulster
Life in the Community Level C

A year in the life of a community, examining events such as St Brigid’s day, St Patrick’s day, Easter, May Day, and festivals such as Lúnasa, Samhain and Christmas.

Making cultivation ridges at Muckross House Traditional Farms, Killarney, Co Kerry, 1980s
Working on Land and Water Level C

Explores the activities of farmers and fishermen and examine the various trades that supported them.

Stave-built vessel with extending handle made by Edward (Ned) Gavin of Ballinagh, County Cavan
Trades and Crafts Level C

This exhibition contains the objects relating to the various skills practised in rural Ireland between 1850 and 1950.

Spinning Wheels and clothes drying near the hearth at Weaver's House, Teelin Co. Donegal
Activities in the Home Level C

Living in a country home: building, maintaining and furnishing a house, feeding and clothing the family, and the various activities associated with these processes including trades, craftsmen and craftswomen.

Tips for Your Visit

* Find out how to get the most out of a Self-Directed Visit

* We offer more activities during September and April.

* Arrange a pre-visit to get familiar with exhibitions.

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