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Culture Night 18 September: Online Trad session with Sliabh Mish Comhaltas

Did you know that Kerry County Museum, Siamsa Tire and Samhlaiocht brought Culture Night to Kerry in 2009? Kerry’s first Culture Night “Dancing in the Street” brought more than 5000 people together on Denny Street to break the World Record for street dancing. For the past 11 years the Museum has hosted a wide range of cultural events in the Ashe Memorial Hall and we were delighted to welcome hundreds of visitors for our “Night at the Museum”.  This year, Culture Night is taking place on Friday 18 September and the Museum is celebrating the evening with an online trad session with Sliabh Mish Comhaltas. Enjoy a collage of short sessions from previous years from the talented young musicians who have been performing at the Museum every year since 2012. For other Culture Night events in Kerry have a look at: culture night kerry events

By |September 14th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized||

Gowns of Glory

Kerry County Museum in Tralee is hosting the exhibition which charts the changing styles over the decades and it’s an absolute must for anyone with an interest in fashion. The exhibition includes 30 dresses over six decades, from Alice O’Sullivan’s gown in 1959 to the present.

By |August 20th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized||

From Milltown’s First Farmers to Landed Gentry: the archaeology of the N70 Kilderry Bends Road Improvement Scheme in County Kerry

Between September 2017 and May 2018, along a mere 2 km length of the N70 road realignment on the outskirts of Milltown, Co. Kerry, archaeologists uncovered evidence of human activity spanning 5,600 years. This included a Neolithic flint arrowhead and stone bead, a Bronze Age fulacht fia, and the remains of a 19th-century cottage. Most significant perhaps was the part excavation of a trivallate ringfort, known as Lissaniska, which is one of the few sites in ireland to have yielded direct evidence of early medieval flax processing. These discoveries are presented in this multimedia Story Map produced by Archaeological Consultancy Services Unit Ltd on behalf of Kerry County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland.


Click here for story map  


Click here for video 

By |August 20th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized||

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||

We’re Back! Opening the 2nd July

🎉🎉We’re Back!🎊🎊

We can’t wait to open the doors to all our wonderful visitors on Thursday 2nd of July.

New opening hours

Tuesday -Saturday 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Cost –Adults €6  Child -Free

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 sanitising stations are available for visitors and staff.
  • Cloakroom services will be unavailable so please do not bring motorcycle helmets, suitcases or large bags.


If you have any further questions regarding your visit please call us on +353 (0)66 71-27777





By |June 29th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized||

Armchair Travels with Kerry County Museum

While worldwide travel is still a little restricted join us as we select objects from the Museum’s collection, whose stories take you across the five continents of the world before bringing you back home to Kerry. We hope these will provide a fun, quirky and inspirational way of getting in touch with some of the county’s material heritage, which is held in trust for the people of Kerry by the Museum. It will take you to some of the unheralded parts of the county as well prompting a fresh look at familiar landmarks. You can watch our new Armchair Travels videos by visiting Kerry County Museum’s Online Resources.


By |June 26th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized||

Make a Viking Shield for Cruinniu na nOg on 13 June

crin og

Kerry County Museum is delighted to participate in Cruinniu na nOg, a day of creativity for children, on Saturday 13 June 2020. There are lots of free online events taking place in Kerry and all over Ireland. Our workshop is all about the Vikings in Kerry! Children can make their own Viking shield, hear about the Vikings who settled near Tralee more than 1000 years ago and listen to a Viking saga. Simply find us on Facebook on 13 June when we will upload three posts, each containing a different activity. Kerry County Museum would love to receive your pictures and comments afterwards.


By |June 12th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized||

Pres Student Rosie Kennelly wins ARTiculation Kerry Final

Rosie Kennelly, fifth year student at Presentation Secondary School took first price at the regional final of the ARTiculation Kerry Regional Final in St John the Evangelist Church on Thursday 5th March 2020. Runners up were Eoin McElligott from Gaelcholaiste Chiarraí and Joshua O’Sullivan from SPSL Rathmore. Adjudicating the event were community and education consultant Sean Lyons, director of Kerry Writers Museum Cara Trant and former CEO of Siamsa Tire Catriona Fallon.  ARTiculation is a public speaking competition by the Roche Court Educational Trust, promoting the appreciation and discussion of ART, ARCHITECTURE & ARTEFACTS in secondary schools throughout Ireland and the UK.  The competition seeks to engage students regardless of their background or experience with art to develop the confidence and ability to express their opinions and conclusions, explains Claudia Kohler, the Education Officer of Kerry County Museum. “Kerry County Museum is the cultural partner institution for Kerry and last year, we participated for the first time along with Presentation Secondary School, Tralee. The outcome was spectacular. Our two Pres teens Julia Szarota and Eimear O’Sullivan represented their school and Kerry in the All Ireland Final 2019 and took first and second prize respectively. This year, four Kerry secondary schools took part in ARTiculation and we hope this exciting project is going to attract more schools again next year.” On accounts of winning ARTiculation last year, Kerry is the host county for the All Ireland Final this year. Pres student Rosie Kennelly is going to represent her school and the county at the Final in Siamsa Tire competing with students from Tipperary, Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow and Kerry with an expected attendance of 350 students, teachers and parents. 

By |March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized||

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