National Museum of Ireland – Country Life Upcoming Events

Posted in Connect on July 24, 2019.

Issued Wednesday July 24th 2019


Rockets and Robots

The museum’s series of summer science workshops continues until August 8. Explore space travel and rockets each Tuesday afternoon from 1 to 3pm or robots of today and tomorrow on Thursday afternoons from 1 to 3pm. Led by Declan Holmes of Science Ireland, these sessions are full of interesting science facts and hands-on challenges such as building your own water rocket or coding a robot. Workshops cost €10 per child. Booking is essential so please telephone (094) 90 31751 or email For email bookings, please include your name and contact telephone number.

Summer stitches

Learn a new skill for life this summer with the museum’s knitting and crochet circle. The next meeting of this friendly group is on Friday, August 2, from 11am to 1pm. Exchange tips, ideas, patterns and a chat. This is a free drop-in activity with no booking required.

Rural electrification exhibition

The museum is delighted to announce the opening of a new temporary exhibition. Kitchen Power: Women’s Experiences of Rural Electrification explores aspects of the rural electrification project in Ireland in the 1950s and ‘60s. Opened by former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, this exhibition includes objects, graphics and advertising of the era as well as memories and stories from women whose lives were intrinsically changed by this dramatic shift in Irish culture. The exhibition is on display on Level D of the exhibition galleries.


If you are thinking about starting your own family research project then be sure to come along to the next meeting of the Mayo Genealogy Group from 11.30am to 1pm on Saturday, August 10. This group meets once a month and visitors can pick up lots of free practical tips on how to start a new genealogy project – or advice on taking the next steps with an existing one. This is a free drop-in activity with no booking required.

The Everyday

A beautiful exhibition of work by Aidan Crotty continues this summer in the Courtyard Gallery. The Everyday explores themes of disintegration and decomposition within the agricultural and industrial landscape. Aidan graduated in 2004 from Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork, with an honours degree in Fine Art Painting. He lives and works in west Sligo. The Courtyard Gallery is located just next to the Museum café, in the former stable block and service wing of historic Turlough Park House.

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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