Monday, April 27, 2009

Museum of Country Life, Co. Mayo

Situated just outside Castlebar is the award-winning branch of the National Museum of Ireland - The Museum of Folk-Life. It opened in September 2001 in the spectacular grounds of Turlough Park, Co. Mayo

The Country Life complex includes exhibition galleries, storage facilities for the reserve collection, education rooms, and a conservation laboratory. The exhibition galleries are housed in a purpose-built stone-clad building designed by the Architectural Services of the Office of Public Works.

Public facilities, including a restaurant, bookshop and library, and staff offices are located in the Victorian Turlough Park House – formerly the home of the Fitzgerald family. The original drawing room and library of the ‘Big House’ are open to the public and furnished as they may have looked in 1900.

It brings to life the traditions of rural life throughout Ireland from 1850 until close to our time. It is home to the Irish Folklife division and houses the national collection of objects representing traditional Irish life. It also explores feeding and clothing the family and the various activities associated with these processes including trades, craftsmen and craftswomen.

Tel: +353 94 903 1755
Fax: +353 94 903 1628

Opening Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday: 14:00 - 17:00
Closed Mondays (Including Bank Holidays), Christmas Day and Good Friday

They run a variety of events, eg workshops and talks, throughout the year. Check out their Calender of Events for specific workshops.

It is the meeting place of the Connaught Textile Crafters, you can check out their 2009 schedule here in the groups/workshops section. There is a Knitting Circle, who meet on a monthly basis, the 3rd Friday of each month from 11am-1pm, and they also run the annual Feile na Tuaithe, a two day family festival: free entry, games, children’s activities, storytelling, music, face painting, demonstrations and workshops.

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