There’s no doubt that the museums in Carlow are some of the best the country has to offer. I’ve visited all of them and most are free to enter.
Carlow County Museum is a temple to the history of the county and you could spend hours perusing its vast permanent collection.
But there’s also something for those with specific interests, too: local history enthusiasts should head straight for St. Mullins Heritage Centre, Daniel Delany devotees will find their spiritual home at the Bishop Daniel Delany Museum, Fr. Murphy admirers will be fascinated by Tullow Museum and military aficionados will love County Carlow Military Museum.
Visit the Bishop Daniel Delany Museum to discover more about the man who founded two religious orders - the Brigidine Sisters and the Patrician Brothers.
Opened in 2008, the museum is housed in the grounds of a convent.
Get your culture fix here with the multi-award winning Carlow County Museum. Filled with ace exhibitions that you shouldn’t miss including Carlow Jail’s gallows trap door which was used for public executions!
The museum is entirely free-to-enter!
A temple to Carlow’s military history, County Carlow Military Museum is filled to the rafters with artefacts to ponder. The collection includes a display of weapons, items recovered from a battlefield and even a Hitler Youth knife.
Prepare to be Wowed!
A treasure trove of photographs, maps and records reflecting the local history of the townland, St. Mullins Heritage Centre resides in a Church of Ireland Church.
Discover your family history with the help of the on-site genealogist.
Housed in a building that was once a Methodist church, Tullow Museum showcases fascinating artefacts relating to Fr. Murphy and the local history of Tullow.
The museum’s collection includes war memorabilia, photographs and genealogy records.