The Festive Hall

A seasonal event not to be missed

Visit the The Festive Hall at Kerry County Museum
this Christmas season for a delightful, fun-filled
experience the whole family will enjoy.
A host of cheery characters will come to life from
Christmas tales old and new, to take you on an
enchanting tour of our magical hall.
There will be lots of fun and games
with our mischievous guides as they
escort you to meet the main man
himself, Mr Santa Claus. And Santa,
of course, will have a little gift for
every child that comes to see him
and likes nothing better than
posing for photos with his visitors.

Guided tours every half-hour each day.
First tour at 11am, last tour at 4:30pm.

Guided tours every half-hour each day.
First tour at 11am, last tour at 6pm.

Sensory Santa – wheelchair and
sensory friendly slots available:
Saturday, Dec 9 at 10:00am
Saturday, Dec 15 at 10:00am
Sunday, Dec 23 at 10:00am

Adults: €5, Children: €5
Booking is essential, call: 087 902 1580 / 066-7127777

By |October 30th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Events and exhibition closures October to December 2018

If you are planning on visiting Kerry County Museum until Christmas 2018, please note that some of our exhibitions are closed or have limited access for periods of time in the run-up to Christmas to facilitate events and upgrades. This is reflected in a reduced admission fee. The following exhibitions are fully open: Our special exhibition ‘1916: Casement in Kerry’, our Audio-Visual Room and the Main Gallery with artefacts on display from the Stone Age to modern times. The Tom Crean Room is currently fully closed until further notice to facilitate an upgrade of the exhibition. The Medieval Experience & Archaeology Hall are closed during our popular family events ‘The Haunted Hall’ at Halloween in October and ‘The Enchanted Hall’ at Christmas in December. In the run-up to Halloween and Christmas, access to both exhibitions may be limited. Throughout the month of November, both the Medieval Experience and the Archaeology Hall, are open as usual. Please call the Museum at 066 7127777 for further information, tours and workshops for groups or to book our forthcoming Halloween, Science Week, National Circus Festival or Christmas family events.

By |October 16th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

ARTiculation Ireland 2019 comes to Kerry: Call for Participation

ARTiculation Ireland is a public speaking competition which promotes the appreciation and discussion of art, artefacts and architecture in secondary schools throughout Ireland. The competition seeks to engage students between 16-18 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 National final. In 2019, students from Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford, Cork, Dublin and, for the first time, Kerry will participate in this international competition. If you are a secondary school teacher and are interested in ARTiculation please contact our Education Officer at


By |October 16th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Tom Crean Closed

Our current Tom Crean exhibition is now closed for the installation of an updated version. We shall keep you all updated.

By |September 25th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

The Haunted Hall

Visit the Haunted Hall at Kerry County Museum this Halloween for a thrilling, heart-stopping, blood curdling experience. Guides will help you navigate your way around Medieval Tralee but be aware, the place has been taken over by an army of Irish ghouls, ghosts and goblins! So keep your eyes peeled at all times and always expect the unexpected.



Open daily – 12 to 4:30 pm
Tours every half hour: last tour at 4:30 pm
Suitable for 10-year-olds and older
Parental guidance advised
Special activity: Make your own Halloween mask


Our Nightmare tours are definitely not for the
faint-hearted! All bets are off as with nightfall,
The Haunted Hall truly slips into the realm of
the spirit world and its malevolent inhabitants.
Be warned, your safe return is not guaranteed.

Open daily – 12 to 4:30 pm
Tours every half hour: last tour at 4:30 pm
Suitable for 10-year-olds and older
Parental guidance advised
Special activity: Make your own Halloween mask

Night visits to The Haunted Hall

Nightmare tours – 6 to 7:30 pm
Tours every half hour: last tour at 7:30 pm
Suitable for 12-year-olds and older
Parental guidance advised

Adults: €5, Under 18s: €5

By |September 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Culture Night

By |September 11th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Ciar Quilters -Magic with Fabric



By |September 7th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Exhibition Launch: By Hammer, Lens & Pencil

Kerry County Museum and Kerry Geo-Adventures are delighted to officially launch ‘By Hammer, Lens and Pencil. North Kerry Landscape in the eye of Frederick James Foot’ on Saturday 25 August at 4pm. Guest speakers include Prof Patrick Wyse Jackson and Museum curator Helen O’Carroll. This is a free event and all are welcome. ‘By hammer, lens and pencil’ is a tribute to Frederick James Foot, an Irish geologist, who spent time between 1856-1859 surveying North Kerry landscape. The exhibition is organised by local geologist Gosia Shaik-Horajska, founder of Kerry Geo Adventures, in partnership with Kerry County Museum. On display are his field-sketches and hand-coloured illustrations from North Kerry, with supporting specimens of minerals, rocks, and fossils observed by Frederick James Foot during his time carrying on extensive and detailed fieldwork. Also on display are fossils found during archaeological excavations of Ballycarty Passage Tomb,  a selection of maritime objects from the Eddie Roe collection, as well as the spectacular ‘Kerry Diamond’ on loan from Kerry Library. ‘By hammer, lens & pencil’ runs until Saturday 8 September.

By |August 22nd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Rose of Tralee Festival & Heritage Week Events

We are open throughout the Rose of Tralee Festival and very much part of it! Our entrance may be hidden behind the big stage outside the Ashe Memorial Hall but access is possible at all times. Apart from all the fabulous events throughout the festival do also keep an eye out for our Heritage Week events. National Heritage Week runs from Saturday 18 – Sunday 26 August and all our events are free of charge. From Rose of Tralee Dress exhibition to lunch time lectures and fossil workshops for children, there is something for all the family to enjoy. For more event details check out the event section on our website. Happy Rose of Tralee & Heritage Week!

By |August 18th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Cruinniu na nOg: Free Family Fun Events

Join us at the Museum on Saturday 23 June for Cruinniu na nOg – Celebrating Creativity for Children and Young People in Kerry. Are you brave enough to go on a Horrible History Tour at 11am, 12noon, 2pm or 3pm and hear all about Tralee’s gory medieval past? We are delighted to have Living History Group Deise Medieval on board for this event. This is your chance to take a look at a barber surgeon’s tool kit and discover strange disease and even stranger cures. A highlight for younger children will be the Punch and Judy Puppet Show at 2pm and 3pm. Mr. Punch and his wife Judy return to the Museum so be ready to laugh, shout and jump off your seats. Will the dog eat the sausages and will the baby be dropped? All events are free and booking is recommended but not obligatory: Contact or ring 0667127777.

By |June 21st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

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