The Haunted Hall at Kerry County Museum

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Will you dare walk our Haunted Hall
Where creatures lurk both great and small
This is not the stuff of dreams
A wrong turn can end in screams

This scary trip will leave you shaking

Then for trick or treat you’ll get creating
A masterpiece you can take away
If you survive for another day…

If you’re feeling brave, take aim!
Turn your hand to a Gruesome Game
Some are slimy, wet and sticky
Others cleaner but just as tricky

October 25 – October 30

Haunted Hall 10.00am – 5.00pm Daily
(scariest times to visit 12 noon – 4.00pm)
Make Your Own Trick or Treat Bag 10.00am –5.00pm Daily

October 31

Haunted Hall 10.00am – 7.00pm
(scariest times to visit 2.00pm – 7.00pm)
Make Your Own Trick or Treat Bag 10.00am – 6.30pm
Gruesome Games 2.00pm – 7.00pm

By |October 15th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Kerry Teams Homecoming

Over 20,000 supporters gathered in front of the museum on Denny Street on Monday night, 22nd September to welcome home the victorious Kerry minor and senior All-Ireland winning teams. Young and old alike assembled to catch a glimpse of their heroes and the coveted Sam Maguire and Tom Markham cups. It was the first time since 2009 that the senior team had won an All-Ireland title and over 20 years since the double had been achieved!

Here are some photos from the night:

By |September 24th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Culture Night – A huge success

On Friday 19th September we had one of our most successful Culture Nights. With over 320 people streaming through our doors, young and old were treated to some wonderful traditional Irish music by the Sliabh Mish Comhaltas Group. All our galleries were open on the night and the Bone Investigators proved as popular as ever with our young visitors. The talented ladies from Ciar Quilters were on hand to showcase some of their fine craft and Helen O’Carroll and Sarah O’Farrell gave a wonderful insight into the behind the scenes workings of our museum with fantastic guided tours.

Here are just some of the photos from the night.

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By |September 22nd, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Culture Night 2014

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Culture Night comes to Kerry this Friday 19th September. From 6pm – 10pm, this is your chance to experience the Museum after dark. Stroll down a medieval street, dig up the past and explore 8000 years of history. Highlights include traditional music by Sliabh Mish Comhaltas and Quilting Forever, and exhibition by the Ciar Quilters. We are all looking forward to welcoming you to Kerry County Museum . . . after dark.

By |September 17th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

KCM’s Ice Bucket Challenge

Following her nomination by Joanie McAuliffe, Manager of  Tralee Bay Wetlands, Sandra, our intrepid Marketing Officer, bravely took on the challenge on Monday 25th August. As you’ll see, Eoin and Anne took far too much pleasure in pouring a wheelie bin full of iced water over her on the front steps of the Museum. See our Facebook page for the video evidence. View video

By |August 28th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

KCM’S new website is launched

At the beginning of 2014 we began a major reassessment of what we want our website to do, and we did this in the context of asking ourselves who is it for. This involved seeing our audience not as a homogenous bunch of “visitors”, differentiated only by demographic variables such as age and nationality. Understanding visitor motivation is a critical issue, and it is clear that for a satisfactory visit either to the Museum or its website we have to support visitors’ motivations and expectations. A searching analysis of our existing audience challenged our thinking on how best we might meet the needs of that audience online. We looked outwards at other websites for inspiration, looking for examples of best practice and examples of what we want to avoid. We looked at these from the perspectives of ease of navigation, how the content was handled, and visual attractiveness. We were highly conscious of the need to make the site easy to navigate and as uncluttered as possible, while at the same time not dumbing down the content.

We came up with a number of key objectives to guide us on the way:

  • To showcase the KCM’s collection in a way that is accessible, inspiring, enjoyable and educational, and we want to make sure that this is not just a high-minded platitude
  • To be cleanly designed and easy to navigate and that the commitment to accessibility extends to intellectual access
  • To reflect the dynamic institution that the Museum has become, engaged with a variety of audiences
  • To address the needs of visitors to the Museum and those who can’t or won’t come to the building but who will visit the website
  • To acknowledge that it is not just about driving visits to the actual Museum but reflects the fact that the Museum is as much about the collection as it is about the building

We were very lucky to receive funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, under the Scheme to Assist Local and Regional Museums. This enabled us to secure the services of Kerrynet, and we think they have done a great job in providing us with a superbly designed website that reflects the dynamic institution that is KCM.

By |July 17th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Rose dresses go on display

Come and see some of the dresses worn on stage by the winning Roses at the annual Rose of Tralee Festival. From the maxi-dresses of the 1970s to puffballs of the 1980s and the media-savvy glam of the Celtic Tiger, each era brings its own style. The exhibition features a quote from some of the Roses about the frocks – for instance, Kathryn Feeney, 2006 Rose, recounts how her dress was originally supposed to be her bridesmaid’s gown for her sister’s wedding, until the bride eloped to a tropical island.
More info – Events

By |June 30th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Find out what’s on during Heritage Week

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Heritage Week is here again and there’s plenty of action at Kerry County Museum. Discover more about medieval drinking vessels and their rituals. Take part in our excavation workshop and uncover two Viking skeletons. Explore the archaeology of St Brendan the Navigator with archaeologist Lar Dunne.
More info – Events

By |June 18th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Lots to do on Culture Night

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For one night only, September 19, we invite you to join us after dark at the Museum. There’s traditional music, dance and storytelling with Sliabh Mish Comhaltas. Get behind the scenes with our Curator’s Choice and discover more about some of the objects not on display. Dress up in costume, dig up a skeleton or simply avail of a free night at the Museum.
More info – Events.

By |June 18th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |