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Explore rural traditions, crafts and skills across four floors of modern exhibition galleries


The award-winning National Museum of Ireland - Country Life is home to the National Folklife Collection and is a leading visitor experience in the west of Ireland.

Set in the spectacular grounds of Turlough Park House, this award-winning museum provides a fascinating insight into the lives of our rural ancestors from the 1850s to the 1950s.

Interactive visual and audio displays, objects, rare archive photography and film footage combine to explore our agricultural and maritime past, traditional trades and crafts, fashion and textiles, religion, festivals, beliefs and more.

The main exhibitions are spread across four floors of modern galleries in an purpose-built architecturally interesting building.

Next to the main exhibition galleries, visitors can explore Turlough Park House, a neo Victorian Gothic mansion, overlooking restored gardens, woodland and an ornamental lake. This historic house dates to 1865 was the ancestral home of the Fitzgerald family, a powerful family of Norman origin  who were 'banished' to Co. Mayo in mid-17th century. 

Main Exhibition Galleries

Main Exhibition Galleries

View Ireland's National Folklife Collection in the award-winning exhibition galleries

Turlough Park House

Turlough Park House

Explore a neo Victorian Gothic mansion dating to 1865

Award-Winning Gardens

Award-Winning Gardens

There is lots to see and do in the beautifully restored gardens and grounds

Museum Greenway

Museum Greenway

An ideal day trip activity at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life

Tours and Events

Tours and Events

The museum offers a year-round programme of free events, talks and tours

Draw and Sketch in the Museum

Draw and Sketch in the Museum

The museum galleries and Turlough Park House and Gardens is a great source of inspiration for artists and designers

360° Exhibition Images - Country Life

360° Exhibition Images - Country Life

To give you an insider's view of the National Museum Ireland - Country Life.

Experience a Real Irish Festival

Experience a Real Irish Festival

The Life in the Community exhibition walks the visitor through a year in the life in traditional rural Ireland.

Visitor Vox Pops

Visitor Vox Pops

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