The National Museum of Ireland, Country Life, County Mayo
Free Admission Tourist Attraction in Ireland #13
Turlough Park in Castlebar, County Mayo is home to one of the National Museums of Ireland. The impressive buildings offer views of Irish history from a 'country life' and rural perspective focusing on the 100 years between 1850 and 1950.
Video and interactive presentations are offered in conjunction with a huge array of artifacts and exhibits including wickerwork, spinning wheels, boats, traditional clothing, a variety of hand-operated machinery and a blacksmith's forge. The main Collections in the Museum include:
* Folklife and Folklore
* The Times , putting the collections into a historical context
* Natural Environment, and how living in the countryside was influenced by the physical environment
* Activities, including building,m crafting and working on a farm
* Working on Land and Water
* Community Life, the importance of religion and ceremony in rural locations
The Museum is located four miles east of Castlebar so you will need a car or a tour bus to get there. Admission is free and there s cafe on-site. Guided tours are available for a modest fee.
If visiting with children it may be worthwhile checking the calendar of events as you may be able to time your visit to coincide with a kid-friendly activity. The grounds and gardens of Turlough Park stretch to 80 acres and offer a great location for a stroll after being indoors in the Museum. The grounds are home to a lake, a greenhouse, and an ancient Round Tower.
The Museum is certainly worth a visit and could make a great full-day or half-day out. Castlebar is located in County Mayo which is also home to much of Connemara, and is north of Galway city. Castlebar is also home to the Linenhall Arts Centre, Lake Lannagh Hiking Trails and the Mayo Memorial Peace Park.
Find out more here: http://www.museum.ie/Country-Life
Video about the Country Life Museum, Castlebar, County Mayo
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