National Museum of Ireland – Country Life Upcoming Events

Posted in Connect on January 2, 2020.


 Visit your Museum in 2020

Why not put a visit to your National Museum of Ireland on your New Year’s resolution list? The Museum has just launched a new programme of free events for January to March 2020 and there is something for all ages and interests. Highlights include a film screening with the Irish Film Institute on 25 January; a special crafting session all about St Brigid’s Crosses on 2 February; a festival celebrating spring, nature and biodiversity on 8 and 9 February; and a family crafting workshop on 19 February. Booking may be required for some events. Browse the new programme at

 Mayo Genealogy Group

Make a New Year’s resolution to research your family tree! Find out how to get started, or get some tips and advice on taking the next steps with an existing project, with the friendly members of the Mayo Genealogy Group. Drop-in to their next meeting on Saturday, 11 January, from 11.30am to 1pm. New researchers welcome. No booking required.

 New Year stitches

Learn a new skill this January with the Museum’s Knitting and Crochet Circle. The next meeting of the knitting circle is on Friday, 17 January, from 11am to 1pm. Join the group to exchange patterns, tips, ideas and a chat. Beginners are welcome. No booking required.

 Music Circle

Enjoy some music in the galleries with the Museum Music Circle from 2 to 4pm on Saturday, 18 January. All listeners and musicians are welcome. This is a free, drop-in event with no booking required.

Meet the crafters

Learn more about a range of traditional and contemporary crafting techniques at an open crafting demonstration from 11.30am to 3pm on Saturday, 25 January. The talented members of the Connacht Textile Crafters meet six times a year at the Museum to demonstrate their skills and provide an opportunity for people to learn more about their work. This is a free, drop-in activity with no booking required.

 Irish Film Institute shorts

Explore the development of rural and urban Ireland in the 1950s and ‘60s through a series of short films from the Irish Film Institute. This special film screening takes place from 3 to 4pm on Saturday, 25 January. It features material from the Irish Film Archive produced by the ESB, Gael Linn and other state and semi-state bodies. The films in this programme, Leictriú Chonamara (1957), Power for Progress (1956) and Water Wisdom (1962), offer fascinating insights into the structural and economic development of the State. This event is in association with the exhibition, Kitchen Power – Women’s Experiences of Rural Electrification. Admission is free. No booking required.

Birds, bees and trees!

Be sure to put 8 and 9 February in your diary as the Museum is delighted to be holding a new two-day event to celebrate the start of the traditional Irish spring. Enjoy a range of events throughout the weekend, exploring gardening, growing and nature and learn some simple ways we can promote biodiversity and help protect our natural world. Hear from a range of gardening and nature experts, join a talk or walk, and see demonstrations and stands in the marquee. There will also be a special focus throughout the weekend on bees and other pollinators and why they are so important.

 Kitchen Power

The Museum’s temporary exhibition, Kitchen Power – Women’s Experiences of Rural Electrification, continues until July 2020 on Level D of the main exhibition galleries. This fascinating exhibition explores the rural electrification programme in the 1950s and ‘60s through objects, appliances and advertising from this era as well as memories and stories from the women who experienced this dramatic shift in Irish society. 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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