National Museum of Ireland – Country Life Upcoming Events

Posted in Connect on August 29, 2019.


Culture Night at the Museum

Be sure to pencil Friday, September 20, in your diary as over 70 free events are set to take place across Mayo to celebrate Culture Night 2019. The museum’s Culture Night event is a talk about life and farming with John Connell, bestselling author of The Cow Book. The event starts at 7pm and will include afterhours access to the museum’s exhibition galleries. This is a free event with no booking required.

EXHIBITION: Land, Sea and Memory, Revisited

A new exhibition of artworks by Pam Dolan, called Land, Sea and Memory, Revisited, is on display now in the Courtyard Gallery. Pam is a contemporary artist originally from Crossmolina and now based in Galway. The exhibition is inspired by the rugged landscape of the west of Ireland, and particularly the Wild Atlantic Way. The Courtyard Gallery is located next to the museum café, in the former service wing and stable block of Turlough Park House.

Autumn stitches

Learn a new skill this autumn at the museum’s Knitting and Crochet Circle. The group’s next meeting is on Friday, September 6, from 11am to 1pm. This is a friendly group of crafters who share tips, patterns and ideas on knitting and crochet. This is a free, drop-in activity with no booking required. Suitable for adults and children aged seven years plus.


Get free practical tips and advice on starting your family history research project at the next meeting of the Mayo Genealogy Group, on Saturday, September 14, from 11.30am to 1pm. The group meet monthly at the museum and visitors and new members are welcome. This is a free drop-in activity with no booking required.

Autumnal walks

Enjoy the beauty of the changing seasons with an autumnal walk through the grounds of historic Turlough Park, the ancestral home of the Fitzgerald family. Walk or cycle the 10km Greenway from Castlebar to the museum grounds in Turlough or take a peaceful stroll by the man-made lake, created in 1865 with three ornamental ‘picnic islands’. Discover the restored Victorian style glass house, outdoor art installations and an award-winning woodland playground. Admission to Turlough Park House and Gardens is free.

Kitchen Power events programme

The museum has launched a programme of public events in association with the temporary exhibition Kitchen Power: Women’s experiences of rural electrification. Events include a talk with the Irish Countrywomen’s Association on September 28; a ‘crafty apron’ workshop from October 8 to 9; and a film screening on October 19. Visit for details on this new programme of events.

Bookings Office

For bookings, telephone (094) 90 31751 or email For email bookings, please include your name and contact telephone number.

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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