National Museum of Ireland – Country Life Upcoming Events

Posted in Connect on November 21, 2019.


Build your own robotic aid

Sign-up for a fun, family workshop on Saturday, 7 December, with the team from Make Create Innovate. Inspired by the Museum’s latest exhibition Kitchen Power, which explores aspects of rural electrification in Ireland in the 1950s and ‘60s, Harness the Power is a workshop all about electrically generated motion. Participants will get to build their own robotic aid to help with the housework and learn about a DC motor. There are three workshop sessions on the day at 12noon, 2pm and 3pm. This is a free event but booking is required. Telephone +353 94 90 31751 or book now by email.

Music Circle and guests

Play, listen and enjoy tunes and songs with the Museum Music Circle from 2 to 4pm on Sunday, 8 December. The Music Circle is holding a special traditional music performance on the day, joined by musician Emer Mayock. The group will be playing a lively mix of some of Ireland’s favourite tunes and some newer music too.

Kitchen Power

Visit the Museum’s temporary exhibition Kitchen Power: Women’s experiences of rural electrification on Level D of the main exhibition galleries. Admission is free. This exhibition explores the rural electrification project in the 1950s and ‘60s and features objects, appliances, films and advertising of the era as well as memories and stories from women who experienced this dramatic shift in Irish society.

Christmas crafts

See the talented members of the Connacht Textile Crafters at work and get some creative Christmas decoration and gift ideas. Drop-in to this free Christmas craft demonstration between 11.30am and 3pm on Saturday, 30 November. The Connacht Textile Crafters meet six times a year at the Museum to demonstrate a wide range of traditional and contemporary crafting techniques. No booking required.

Crafty Little Christmas Weekend

Start your Christmas celebrations at the Museum this year with a special Crafty Little Christmas Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15. Challenge yourself to a ‘decoration hunt’ in the exhibition galleries or search for the Christmas fairies in the woodland. Help us decorate our tree and make some creative festive crafts to bring home too. Watch The Snowman and The Snowdog in the theatre and enjoy choral performances in the exhibition galleries. No booking required. Admission is free.

Museum opening hours

Admission to the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park House & Gardens is free. The exhibition galleries are open Tuesday to Saturday, from 10am to 5pm, and Sunday to Monday from 1 to 5pm.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Frances Toner, marketing executive, National Museum of Ireland – Country Life. Telephone (094) 9031773 or email

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