Friday 17 September is Culture Night: Enjoy a Night at the Museum

Enjoy a stroll through the Museum and discover our engaging exhibitions. From Tom Crean to the Rose of Tralee, our exhibitions showcase Kerry’s rich history and culture. We are particularly delighted to host a special exhibition by a talented group of young people from St John of God Kerry Services. For more events in Kerry and nationwide have a look at:



By |August 27th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized||

Curator’s Talk: Access and the Ashe Memorial Hall

Join our curator Helen O’Carroll to explore the history of the Ashe Memorial Hall, home of the Kerry County Museum. The building has a fascinating story, which is outlined in Helen’s short online talk (duration: 10 minutes). Currently, the Museum is accessed by our visitors via the front steps. Here at the Ashe Memorial Hall, we have been thinking about how we can improve access to the building. This is not entirely straightforward because the Ashe Hall is a listed building, so any consideration of improvements must keep the historic fabric at the forefront. The place to start then is with the building’s history and its location. And the interesting thing is that the issue of accessibility is at the heart of this story. Built in 1928 as the county council headquarters, and incorporating a dancehall/theatre/cinema, the Ashe Hall has always been a public building. Before that, though, the site on which it was built was very much a private space open only to the elite.

By |August 25th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Stone, Bone and Belonging: Buy your copy at Kerry County Museum

We got a very exciting delivery yesterday and are delighted to have Dr Michael Connolly’s new publication “Stone, Bone and Belonging – The Early Neolithic Portal Tombs at Killaclohane, Co.Kerry” for sale at Kerry County Museum. This exciting and superbly illustrated book outlines the results of the excavation of two portal tombs at Killaclohane, Co.Kerry between 2015 and 2018. The Killaclohane Excavation and Conservation project was born from a meeting with Kenneth O’Neill land owner of Killaclohane and would not have been possible without the support of the O’ Neill family. The author would like to acknowledge the support received from Kerry County Council and The Heritage Council of Ireland. “Stone, Bone and Belonging” is now available from Kerry County Museum and retails at €20.  For more information please call 066-7127777 , email or message us on Facebook.
By |August 25th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized||

Kerry primary schools showcase their local heritage

Explore Your Local Heritage Competition is an annual competition open to all Kerry primary schools. The project is a creative collaboration of Kerry Archaeological & Historical Society and Kerry County Museum and kindly supported by The Education Centre Tralee and Kerry County Council. In autumn 2020, we invited all primary schools in Kerry to explore their local heritage and share their discoveries. We asked pupils and teachers to take their school building as the focal point and research the hidden history and heritage of their locality. The project could be about any aspect of local heritage, from the history of an old building or ruin to local folk tales and stories. The outcome was spectacular! Watch our short Explore Your Local Heritage Video here:

By |August 24th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized||

Heritage Week Event: Gowns of Glory Exhibition

We are thrilled to exhibit the winning Rose of Tralee Dress once again to mark the Rose of Tralee Festival which usually takes place in August  and National Heritage Week. The dresses are now on display in our temporary exhibition room. This exhibition 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 Rose Sinead Flanagan.

By |July 29th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized||

Cruinniu na nOg: Explore ‘The Green’ with Lady Eleanor

Join Lady Eleanor Fitzgerald, a glamorous and quirky medieval noblewoman, whose ancestors founded the town of Tralee 800 years ago. Eleanor meets a group of local children and together they travel back in time to explore the weird and wonderful history of Tralee which brings them to the Medieval Experience in Kerry County Museum and also to ‘The Green’ – Tralee’s Town Park. Watch our short video HERE and don’t forget to send us your pictures!

Cruinniu na nOg takes place on Saturday 12th June 2021 and is a national day of free creativity for children inviting children and their families to participate in a programme of fun, free, creative activities; from graffiti art workshops to stop-motion animation, to coding and architecture workshops! For all events nationwide click here:



By |June 11th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized||

Hurrah! We are back open seven days a week!

Kerry County Museum is delighted to be back open seven days a week this summer. Our opening times are 10am to 5pm, last admission is at 4pm. We recommend at least one hour for a proper look around. All our permanent exhibitions are open: Casement in Kerry, the Main Gallery, the newly revamped Tom Crean Polar Room, the Archaeology Hall and the Medieval Experience. Our current special exhibition is on geology. Families can avail of free museum activity booklets for children aged 4 to 7 and 8 to 12; younger children will also enjoy our Fairy Trail in the Medieval Experience. There is no need to pre-book your visit unless you would like to bring a group of 10 or more. Please feel free to call us on 0667127777 to find out more about our exhibitions and facilities or watch a short virtual walk through prior to your visit. We can’t wait to welcome you!

By |May 26th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized||

Saint Brendan the Navigator: Free Webinar on 12th May

Kerry County Museum’s Education Officer Claudia Kohler, who is a member of the St Brendan Heritage Committee, will deliver this free webinar on Wednesday 12th May at 11.30am. . The webinar has been programmed in partnership with the Education Centre Tralee and is suitable for primary school children of all ages. This will be 30 minutes presentation followed by a short fun quiz. Please register for the free webinar here: Link to event registration
Why is St Brendan important? St Brendan was born in Fenit, near Tralee around 500 AD. He founded a federation of monasteries in Ireland, but he is most famous for his legendary voyage across the North Atlantic in a simple wooden boat. Without the help of navigational instruments, he may have reached America 500 years before the Vikings and 1000 years before Christopher Columbus. His story seems to describe the sheep and seabirds of the Faeroe Islands, the volcanoes of Iceland, the icebergs of Greenland and the fog surrounding Newfoundland. His travel adventures were written down in monasteries all over Europe and soon became a major medieval bestseller. From growing up in Fenit to his famous travel adventures, this webinar is an introduction to the life and adventures of Kerry’s adventurous seafaring Saint whose feast day is annually commemorated on the 16th May.
By |May 10th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized||

Keep Well Kerry: Enjoy a short virtual tour of Kerry County Museum

Have you got 15 minutes? While counting down the days until we open to the public on 24th May, why not enjoy a short virtual visit covering our five main exhibitions. From Casement in Kerry to the Medieval Experience, we hope you like this virtual preview brought to you by #Keep Well Kerry, an initiative by Kerry County Council. Simply click and enjoy!

By |May 10th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized||

SÁSTA with Hazel – St.Patrick’s Day Special

Join museum facilitator Hazel and get crafty this weekend making a St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Mask. Follow the video below for all the items needed for this fun activity.


Follow this link to making a St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Mask



By |March 12th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized||

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