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Kerry Civil War Conference at Siamsa Tire 23/24/25 February 2023

A three-day conference marking the centenary of the Irish Civil War, assessing its history, memory and legacy is taking place at Siamsa Tíre, Tralee, County Kerry on 23/24/25 February 2023. The keynote address will be delivered by Professor Diarmaid Ferriter (U.C.D.), ‘Faith, Reason and Betrayal: The Irish Civil War’. The conference is being livestreamed at www.https://kerrycivilwarconference.ie/live/

Kerry County Museum curator Helen O’Carroll will present a paper on Saturday 25 February as part of the panel discussion Panel 4: Civilian and Socio-Economic Impacts of the Civil War, which will take place from 9.15am-10.45pm. Her paper will be on the museum’s forthcoming exhibition ‘Decade’: Ten Objects which Portray the Lived Experience of People in Kerry during the Turbulent Period of 1918-28′. The full programme of events is available on the conference website www.https://kerrycivilwarconference.ie

The conference is being organised and managed by Kerry natives, Dr Mary McAuliffe, Bridget McAuliffe and Owen O’Shea, who are a team of professionals with extensive experience in conceptualising, developing, presenting and showcasing history and historical events to a wide audience. The three organisers have comprehensive experience in research, writing, publishing, broadcasting, event management and public relations. Between them, they have written and published several books and articles on the history of this period in Kerry and in Ireland.

By |February 24th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized||

Saint Brigid Cross making Origami workshop on Saturday 4 February

St. Brigid’s Day – Lá Fhéile Bríde – celebrates Ireland’s only female patron saint on February 1 and most people will be familiar with the popular tradition of making crosses in St Brigid’s honour. Join artist Rebecca Lyons at Kerry County Museum ob Saturday 4 February from 11am until 3pm for a St. Brigid cross making workshop using Origami techniques. As Brigid is associated with the arrival of spring, Rebecca is also going to show you how to make simple but beautiful Origami flowers. This drop-in workshop is suitable for all ages and is included in the regular admission fee: €5 for adults; children go free.

By |January 26th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized||

Chinese New Year event at the Museum on Saturday 28 January

2023 is a year of the Water Rabbit. The rabbit is a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity in Chinese culture and 2023 is predicted to be a year of hope. Are you heading into Tralee on Saturday 28 January to partake in the Chinese New Year festivities? Make sure to drop into our museum to make your own Chinese dragon puppet. This fun family activity is included in our admission fee of €3 per adult; children go free. Better still, our visitors can avail of two for the price of one on Saturday 28 January. For the full programme of events taking place in Tralee check Tralee Chamber Alliance’s social media.

By |January 26th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized||

Museum Opening Times January 2023

Happy New Year! We are back open Tuesdays to Saturdays 9:30am to 5:00pm; last admission is at 4:00pm. During January, the Medieval Experience and Archaeology remain closed to our visitors as it gives us a chance to follow-up on necessary maintenance work in the exhibitions. We will be fully back open for Saint Brigid’s Bank holiday weekend. Following exhibitions are open as usual: Casement in Kerry (1916), Main Museum Gallery, Audio-Visual Room and Tom Crean Polar Room. Visitors can avail of a reduced admission fee of €3 for adults and children go free. Watch this space as we are going to launch a new temporary community art exhibition shortly and we are also planning drop-in arts and crafts events for families.

Three major exhibitions for only €3 per person: Casement in Kerry, Main Museum Gallery and Tom Crean Polar Room. Family offer: children go free

By |January 21st, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized||

Christmas Arrangements 

Kerry County Museum will close at 5.40pm on Friday 23 December 2021 and will re-open to the public at 10.00 am on Tuesday 3 January 2023.  We wish you all a very happy Christmas and a great start into the New Year!

By |December 14th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized||

Festive Hall cancelled Sat 10 & Sun 11 December due to severe weather conditions

We apologise for any inconvience caused and will contact all ticket holders to arrange a new visiting time.

By |December 10th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized||

December 2022: Museum open Wednesdays to Fridays to facilitate Christmas event

As of Saturday 26 November, Kerry County Museum will be open Wednesday to Friday 9:30am until 5:00pm. We will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays and at the weekends to facilitate the Festive Hall Christmas event, which is fully booked out. Access to the Festive Hall is via the Tourist Office entrance facing the Town Park and playground.

Please note that Kerry County Museum’s ground floor galleries, The Archaeology Hall and Medieval Experience will be closed until the end of January 2023. All first floor galleries remain open, including Casement in Kerry: A Revolutionary Journey; Temporary Exhibition Room, Audio-Visual Room; Main Museum Gallery & the Tom Crean Polar Room. Visitors can avail of a reduced admission rate of €3 per adult, children are free as part of a family visit.

If you have any queries about our opening times or access to the building during the festive period please call us at 0667127777 or send an email to education@kerrymuseum.ie.

By |November 7th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized||

Update: Festive Hall 2022 is fully booked out

Update: Our phoned didn’t stop ringing for three days solid and we are now fully booked out.

Welcome one, welcome all to the magic realm of the Festive Hall. We are delighted to announce that our Festive Hall will open for booking on Monday 17 October 2022. Our dedicated booking lines will be open from 10.00am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday:

Dedicated Booking Line 1: 087 902 1580

Dedicated Booking Line 2: 087 902 2432

Please note: Bookings can only be made by calling the above dedicated mobile numbers. We cannot respond to texts. Please also note that we cannot take bookings on the Museum landline or via social media.


Child: €10

Adult: €8

Infant aged 2 and under: Free

Dates and Times

Saturday and Sunday 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 December 2022

10.00am – 5.00pm

Wednesday 21 December 2022

2.00pm – 5.00pm

Sensory slots are available

Festive Hall Event Details

The entrance to the Festive Hall will be from the left-hand side of the Ashe Memorial Hall as you face the building – opposite the playground in the Town Park. There will be signage to direct you. Once inside, the Snow Queen will set you on the path through her woodland realm where you will roam until you find your way to Santa’s home. Here you will meet Santa in his sitting room and meet Mrs Claus getting ready for the big day. You should allow half an hour for the visit in total during which each family will have a ten-minute individual visit with Santa in his sitting room. Please note that while Santa’s helpers are not professional photographers, they are very happy to take photographs for you on your devices as you make your way through the Festive Hall.

By |October 15th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized||

Festive Hall Christmas bookings opening soon – watch this space!

Psst… guess who is coming back to town? Our phones are ringing constantly but please be patient just a little while longer. Santa bookings will open shortly in the second half of October, we are working on our booking system. Please check our Facebook page for updates.

By |October 6th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized||

Architecture Kerry 2022 – The Big Dig returns!

Kerry County Museum is delighted to welcome back The School of Irish Archaeology/ The Big Dig as part of Architecture Kerry 2022. Workshops for local primary and secondary schools will take place Thursday 29th & Friday 30th September, while family workshops run on Saturday 1st October. All schools and families participating in The Big Dig can also visit the museum for free as part of the festival. To book please contact the museum at 066 7127777.

Architecture Kerry celebrates Kerry’s architectural heritage. This weekend festival features talks, guided tours and exhibitions to showcase the extraordinary built environment on offer in Kerry and is open to people of all ages. The vision behind Architecture Kerry is to show why good architecture, design and vibrant public spaces are vital to our quality of life. Experience exciting opportunities to visit some hidden gems throughout the County with tours led by architects and owners. Some buildings are open for one weekend only. There is a wide variety of buildings on offer from the science and technology sector, private architect-designed homes, the best in state architecture, passive buildings, Kerry Lighthouses, historic houses, castles, forts and much, much more!

Architecture Kerry is supported by Kerry County Council, the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, the Heritage Council, the OPW, RIAI, IAF, and forms part of the Creative Ireland Kerry programme. It is facilitated by the owners and custodians of Kerry’s built environment.

View the full event programme here: Architecture Kerry 2022

By |September 28th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized||

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