Now open – Drawing the Landscape

Drawing the Landscape

In the 1850s a group of six men travelled around Kerry mapping the geological landscape in the county. Their work was part of the Geological Survey of Ireland’s ambitious project to produce a geological map of the entire country on a scale of one inch to one mile. The project took forty-two years to complete, starting in County Wexford in 1845 and finishing in County Donegal in 1887.

They used Ordnance Survey maps on the scale of six inches to the mile as a base, with the sheets quartered for ease of handling. Wielding a hammer, the geologist would expose a sliver of rock, examine it through a lens, record in pencil the location on the field map, and make notes and sketches in field notebooks. The information recorded would be inked in during the evening. Later, the data would be compiled and drawn onto a one-inch map.

Their work was primarily focused on rock formations, but, as this exhibition shows, some of the men were also talented artists, including decorative sketches and watercolours along with their notes on the maps.

This exhibition is organized by local geologist Gosia Shaikh-Horajska, founder of Kerry Geo Adventures, in partnership with Kerry County Museum and the Geological Survey of Ireland.


Drawings by George Victor Du Noyer, Frederick James Foot, William Hellier Baily, Joseph O’Kelly, Arthur Beavour Wynne, George Henry Kinahan

By |July 31st, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized||

Free Entry Thursday 30th July 2020

FREE ENTRY today as past of the Experience Kerry Kerry Tourism Open House Day – There will be free entry to visitor attractions throughout Kerry on Thursday, July 30 as part of a new initiative launched by Kerry County Council and the Kerry Tourism Industry Federation.

Click for details – PRE BOOKING required for some attractions: more info 


Pre BOOKING is NOT necessary but gallery capacity is limited. Queuing will be necessary if/when each gallery reaches its maximum capacity.


Opening Time: 9:30 am -5:00 pm – (last admission 4:00 pm)



By |July 30th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized||

Pre booking is not required for your visit to Kerry County Museum.

Pre booking is not required for your visit to Kerry County Museum.
The health and safety of our visitors and staff are of paramount importance so therefore here are some steps we are taking to ensure your visit is as safe and enjoyable as possible:
•Visitor safety guidelines are in place.
•Our front of house staff have received health and safety training in relation to COVID-19.
•Physical distancing provisions are in place.
•We have further increased our rigorous cleaning regimes.
•Hand sanitizing stations are available for visitors and staff.
•Cloakroom services will be unavailable so please do not bring motorcycle helmets, suitcases or large bags.
By |July 28th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized||

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