Friday 17 September is Culture Night: Enjoy a Night at the Museum

Enjoy a stroll through the Museum and discover our engaging exhibitions. From Tom Crean to the Rose of Tralee, our exhibitions showcase Kerry’s rich history and culture. We are particularly delighted to host a special exhibition by a talented group of young people from St John of God Kerry Services. For more events in Kerry and nationwide have a look at:



By |August 27th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized||

Curator’s Talk: Access and the Ashe Memorial Hall

Join our curator Helen O’Carroll to explore the history of the Ashe Memorial Hall, home of the Kerry County Museum. The building has a fascinating story, which is outlined in Helen’s short online talk (duration: 10 minutes). Currently, the Museum is accessed by our visitors via the front steps. Here at the Ashe Memorial Hall, we have been thinking about how we can improve access to the building. This is not entirely straightforward because the Ashe Hall is a listed building, so any consideration of improvements must keep the historic fabric at the forefront. The place to start then is with the building’s history and its location. And the interesting thing is that the issue of accessibility is at the heart of this story. Built in 1928 as the county council headquarters, and incorporating a dancehall/theatre/cinema, the Ashe Hall has always been a public building. Before that, though, the site on which it was built was very much a private space open only to the elite.

By |August 25th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Stone, Bone and Belonging: Buy your copy at Kerry County Museum

We got a very exciting delivery yesterday and are delighted to have Dr Michael Connolly’s new publication “Stone, Bone and Belonging – The Early Neolithic Portal Tombs at Killaclohane, Co.Kerry” for sale at Kerry County Museum. This exciting and superbly illustrated book outlines the results of the excavation of two portal tombs at Killaclohane, Co.Kerry between 2015 and 2018. The Killaclohane Excavation and Conservation project was born from a meeting with Kenneth O’Neill land owner of Killaclohane and would not have been possible without the support of the O’ Neill family. The author would like to acknowledge the support received from Kerry County Council and The Heritage Council of Ireland. “Stone, Bone and Belonging” is now available from Kerry County Museum and retails at €20.  For more information please call 066-7127777 , email or message us on Facebook.
By |August 25th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized||

Kerry primary schools showcase their local heritage

Explore Your Local Heritage Competition is an annual competition open to all Kerry primary schools. The project is a creative collaboration of Kerry Archaeological & Historical Society and Kerry County Museum and kindly supported by The Education Centre Tralee and Kerry County Council. In autumn 2020, we invited all primary schools in Kerry to explore their local heritage and share their discoveries. We asked pupils and teachers to take their school building as the focal point and research the hidden history and heritage of their locality. The project could be about any aspect of local heritage, from the history of an old building or ruin to local folk tales and stories. The outcome was spectacular! Watch our short Explore Your Local Heritage Video here:

By |August 24th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized||

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