Museum History Club is looking for new members

Is your child aged 6 to 12 and interested in history, arts and crafts, storytelling and games? Then please get in touch because we are looking for new members! Our History Club is an exciting opportunity to explore history and archaeology in a fun way. Using the Museum’s exhibitions and collections as the inspiration, the club members take part in a whole array of hands-on workshops facilitated by Helena Stackpoole and Education Officer Claudia Köhler. Past projects explored the Vikings in Kerry, St Brendan the Navigator, Antarctic explorer Tom Crean and Life in medieval Kerry. We meet every Wednesday afternoon during school term in our bright and cheerful Education Room.  Our annual membership is €25 per annum and this covers all arts and crafts materials. Inspired by Kerry secondary students participating in the Fridays for Future Climate Strikes, we aim to work with recycled and natural materials. To join the History Club please contact our Education Officer: education@kerrymuseum.ieJoin History Club poster

By |October 7th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized||

ARTiculation Ireland 2020: Secondary Schools Call for Participation

ARTiculation Ireland is a public speaking competition initiated by the UK based Roche Court Educational Trust which promotes the appreciation and discussion of art, artefacts and architecture in secondary schools throughout Ireland. The competition seeks to engage students between 15-19 years, regardless of background or experience, with art to develop the confidence and ability to express their opinions and conclusions. Participating students are offered the chance to deliver a ten-minute presentation before their peers and a wider audience about a work of art, an artefact or piece of architecture of their choice, through a series of internal school heats and regional heats across Ireland with the chance of being selected for the All Ireland Final. In 2019, Kerry participated for the first time in ARTiculation and Kerry was represented by Presentation Secondary School, Tralee at the All Ireland Final held in Kilkenny Castle. Competing with schools from Tipperary, Kilkenny, and Waterford, Kerry students Eimear O’Sullivan and Julia Szarota achieved the incredible result of coming first and second! As a result, the ARTiculation All Ireland Final will be held in Kerry in 2020 and we are proud to be the partner Institution for all participating Kerry schools. If you are a secondary school teacher teaching Art, English, History or TY (or indeed any other subject that might benefit from public speaking and discourse), please register your interest before 22 October by sending an email to education@kerrymuseum.ie

By |October 7th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized||

Are you brave enough to visit the Haunted Hall?

Every October, our Medieval Experience transforms into the Haunted Hall and we invite schools and families to be part of a thrilling, heart-stopping Halloween event. Guides will help you navigate your way around Medieval Tralee but be aware, the place has been taken over by otherworldly spirits. So keep your eyes peeled at all times and always expect the unexpected! The Haunted Hall is a fun Halloween event in association with Jackie O’Mahoney’s School of Performing Arts. We have two scare levels for primary schools but our family event is only suitable for 10-years and older; parental guidance adviced.  Please note that the Medieval Experience and Archaeology Hall are not open to visitors during the month of October due to our Halloween event taking place in these two exhibitions. For dates, times and to book your ticket, please call our Marketing Officer Sandra Leahy: 087 902 1580. Tickets have to be booked in advance and cost €5 per person.poster 4

By |October 7th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized||

Tom Crean Room closed until after Christmas

Our Tom Crean Room is currently closed as it is undergoing a well-deserved facelift including new exhibition cases, wall panels and interactive elements. We hope to re-launch the Tom Crean Room in autumn 2019. For further information or if you wish to see an object from the Tom Crean collection please contact our curator Helen O’Carroll: curator@kerrymuseum.ie or our collections officer Sarah O’Farrell at collections@kerrymuseum.ie.

By |June 2nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized||

Summer Opening Times & Kids Go Free

Kerry County Museum is open seven days a week from 9.30am until 5.30pm throughout June, July and August. On bank holiday weekends we are open 9.30am to 5.30pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday and Monday. Please note that we recommend at allow at least one hour for your visit and that our last admission is 60 minutes prior to closing time. With free admission for children visiting with their parents or grandparents and plenty of hands-on activities for all the family, we look forward welcoming you at Kerry County Museum this summer. For our events such as special exhibitions, workshops, history camps and living history demonstrations please check out our events page.

By |May 30th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized||

15 June: Free Entry and Medieval Living History

Visit the Museum free of charge all day on Saturday 15 June as part of Feile na mBlath – The Park Festival Tralee & Cruinniu na nÓg. Members of local living history group Tralee Medieval Society are going to populate the Geraldine Experience recreating a day in the life of a medieval town. This ties in with medieval battle-reenactments and lots of family fun events happening in Tralee Town Park. All events are free, no booking required. Kerry Writer in Residence Annemarie Ni Churreain is offering a creative journalling session for children aged 6-11 on Saturday 15 from 11am-12.30pm as part of Cruinniu na nÓg. For more information please call us on 0667127777 or send an email to education@kerrymuseum.ie

 

By |May 28th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized||

FREE ENTRY this St. Patrick’s Day

FREE ENTRY to Kerry County Museum: Visit the Museum free of charge and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us!! If you are looking for something fun to do before or after the parade, why not visit your local museum and explore our exhibitions? Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult at all times

 

 

 

By |March 11th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized||

Sásta! Saturday Family Events at your Museum

We have launched Sásta, our new Family Fun initiative!  Sásta is a series of drop-in fun family events which take place at least once a month on a Saturday from 2pm to 4pm. Museum facilitators will deliver hands-on, quirky workshops relating to history, archaeology, storytelling and folklore. From medieval chivalry to origami dinosaurs, each session is designed to entertain the whole family. Each drop-in activity typically lasts about 30 minutes and is included in our general admission fee: Adults €5 and children go free. Please note that this is a family offer (maximum three children per adult; additional children €1) and children must not be left unattended during the workshop. Our first session in January was all about Bridget, Ireland’s bee-charming female saint with more than 40 childrena and parents making their own St Bridget crosses. Our February session takes place on Saturday 23rd of February and is all about medieval chivalry. Museum facilitators Helena Stackpoole and Janna King will make medieval shields and Viking bracelets and you can learn a thing or two about medieval manners! Check our events section on the website or our Facebook page for more Sásta! events throughout the year. Please email education@kerrymuseum.ie or call us if you have any queries.

By |February 15th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized||

Easter Camp at the Museum

Are you looking for a fun Easter Camp for your child aged 6 to 12 years? We have been running Easter and Summer Camps at the Museum for the past few years with many return visitors! What can we offer? Our experienced, garda-vetted facilitators deliver a mix of activities designed to keep your child entertained from start to finish, Activities include arts and crafts, games, competitions, storytelling, visiting our different exhibitions in the Museum, hands-on workshops and trips to the Town Park. Camp takes place in our bright and child-friendly Education Room and the adult – child ratio is 1 to 8 with group sizes of 16 children in total. Running daily 9am to 3pm and a cost of only €20 per day, we specialise in high-quality creative activities. Your child does not have to be interested in history or archaeology but we can guarantee that they will have lots of fun and learn quite a bit along the way without even realising it!

Week 1: Monday 15th to Thursday 18th April, 9am -3 pm

Week 2: Tuesday 23rd to Friday 26th April, 9am – 3pm

Cost: €20 per day, €75 per four-day week, €140 for both weeks together

Booking: Email our Education Officer at education@kerrymuseum.ie

By |February 11th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized||

Art in the Park – Off the Rails

Kerry County Museum is delighted to host a new temporary exhibition showcasing more than 30 local artists. Art in the Park – Off the Rails is a new project curated by Mary Greene, Arts and Tourism Officer at Tralee Chamber Alliance. Following her huge success Art in the Park which brought a splash of colour to Tralee Town Park during the summer months, Off the Rails sees this eclectic and creative community art exhibition on display at Kerry County Museum from 30 November 2018 until April 2019.

By |November 19th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized||

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