The Medieval experience is currently being transformed into ‘The Enchanted Hall’ for our Easter event. The Medieval experience will be closed from today Saturday 01/04/17 until Tuesday 18/04/17. We apologies for any inconvience caused during this time.
Kerry County Museum will close at 4:30 pm on Friday 23rd December 2016 and will re-open to the public at 9:30 am on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.
Our new opening times come into effect 1st September 2016
Admission to Kerry County Museum will be free tomorrow, Wednesday 3 August to commemorate Roger Casement’s execution in Pentonville Prison, London on this day 100 years ago. The Museum is open from 9.30am until 5.30pm – last admission is at 4.30pm.
Ballyheigue History and Heritage Group is hosting a series of activities on the evening of Wednesday 3 August including musical pieces and a spectacular flare display by the Inshore Rescue, the unveiling of a plaque by Sean Seosamh O Conchuir and an illustrated lecture by our curator Helen O’Carroll at 8pm.
Various events will also take place in Dublin, including a special event at the Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel, Co. Dublin, between 11 am and 5 pm to commemorate the life and legacy of Roger Casement. Museum curator Helen O’Carroll will give a presentation on our current major exhibition “Casement in Kerry: a revolutionary journey”.
Media Rising, an interactive exhibition which brings the little known stories of 1916 to life, will launch at Kerry County Museum on Thursday, May 19th at 7pm. The exhibition will continue until September 2016.
In the exhibition, see history brought into the present day, through the use of new and innovative technology. Explore the lengths that were taken to print the 1916 Proclamation in the days and hours leading up to Easter Monday 1916. Hear the story of the world’s first radio broadcast which was aired by the volunteers of the Rising from the Dublin telegraphy school. Become immersed in what became an iconic moment in time as Padraig Pearse reads the 1916 Proclamation, before your eyes, surprising you with a modern 2016 twist.
The exhibition offers a unique interactive experience for visitors to engage with, and explore history in a new way.
Media Rising is produced by Noel Nash, Liam McElligott, Jenny Plunkett and Aine Brennan, BA (Hons) Design for Interactive Multimedia, Institute of Technology Tralee.
All are welcome!
Did you know that Tralee is 800 years old this year? It was founded by the Fitzgeralds in 1216. To celebrate this very special anniversary, Kerry County Museum would like to invite all local primary schools to enter our Tralee 800 Competition. This is your chance to win a free Living History Workshop with re-enactment group Deise Medieval from Waterford for up to 60 pupils at the Museum on Friday 17th June 2016. The theme of our competition is Medieval Tralee. To enter simply submit your creative project (arts, crafts, costumes, creative writing, drama, dance song – you name it) to the Museum by 31st May. The competition is open to all primary school classes. The winning pieces will be showcased at the Park Festival weekend on June 18th and 19th when Deise Medieval will set up camp in our Town Park. Good luck!
National Drawing Day takes place in over 160 Museums, Galleries, Libraries and Cultural Centres across Ireland on Saturday 21 May. This annual event is an opportunity to encourage people of all ages to try drawing and sketching. Simply pick up a clip board and pencil at reception and get drawing. Be inspired by our latest exhibition Casement in Kerry or draw a scene from the Medieval Experience – we would love to see the results.
Sir Roger Casement’s landing at Banna Strand on Good Friday 1916 was a pivotal event in the run up to the rebellion that broke out in Dublin a few days later. Our exhibition guides the visitor through Casement’s fascinating life journey; from crown servant, to celebrated international humanitarian, to doomed revolutionary. We explore the repercussions this remarkable man’s brief sojourn in Kerry had on locals, how the failure of his gun running mission affected The Rising, and how his trial for High Treason was prosecuted in London. The exhibition also explores his posthumous legacy and provides a unique opportunity to view items that have never been exhibited before. With its non-Dublin focus ‘Casement in Kerry: a revolutionary journey’ makes an important contribution to the national commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising
Kerry County Museum will close at 4.00pm on Wednesday 23 December 2015 and will re-open to the public at 9.30am on Tuesday 5 January 2016.
October 24 @ 10:00 am – October 31 @ 5:00 pm
This Halloween dare you visit? Visit the Haunted Hall at Kerry County Museum this Halloween for a thrilling, heart-stopping, fun-filled experience the whole family will enjoy. Guides will help you navigate your way around Medieval Tralee but be warned, the place has been taken over by an army of ghosts! So keep your eyes peeled and always expect the unexpected. Are you brave enough to enter? Open daily, 10am-5pm [scariest time to visit: 12noon – 4pm] Entry Fee: Adults €5, Children FREE [3 children free with every paying adult, €1 per extra child]
Due to unforeseen demand tours of ‘The Haunted Hall’ are on a first come first served basis.
self guided non scary tours 10-12pm
scariest guided tour times to visit 12-4pm