To give people a sense of place by collecting, caring, researching, interpreting and displaying the material culture and heritage of Co Kerry in a manner that is accessible, inspiring, enjoyable, and contributes to life-long learning.


An institution valued by all of our visitors and users for promoting the widest understanding and appreciation of Co Kerry’s distinctive culture and heritage.


Our strategy is informed by the following values, which we aim to uphold and practice in the course of our work:

• Providing a welcome for all of our visitors and users and being responsive to their needs

• Sharing and communicating our heritage through education programmes, exhibitions, events, research and publication

• Providing accurate, balanced and expert information in context

• Developing new and exciting projects and programmes

• Working to high standards with professionalism and commitment to best practice

• Supporting equality, social inclusion and accessibility for all Partnership
• Working with staff, stakeholders and relevant institutions locally and nationally

Kerry County Museum collects the material heritage of Co Kerry and is a designated museum under the National Monuments (Amendment) Act, 1994 (Section 3) designations, 1999


We will pursue the following strategy to achieve our vision:

1.Our collections will promote the Museum as an authoritative voice on Kerry’s history and culture

2. Our exhibitions will give our visitors and users a sense of place in an accessible, inspiring and enjoyable way

3. Our education programmes and activities will increase access to the Museum’s collections and exhibitions, and contribute to life-long learning

4. Our marketing will increase awareness


Limestone fossils from the site of a Neolithic passage grave at Ballycarty, outside Tralee. They were found at the centre of the tomb, one of the earliest known uses of fossils as grave goods, and are now in the expert care of KCM.