Saturday Family Arts & Crafts Workshops this Spring

Kerry County Museum is delighted to host a series of creative arts & crafts workshops in February and March. These drop-in workshops take place in the Museum’s Reception area and are suitable for families with children aged 3-10, younger and older children are more than welcome. Our lovely facilitator Hazel has exciting activities lined up, from dinosaur arts and crafts to Viking shield making. Sessions last about 30 minutes and families can drop in at any time between 10am and 4pm to make a creative mess. There is no additional cost to our regular admission price: Adults €5 and children go free. Please note that children need to be accompanied and supervised by a guardian at all times. For a full list of events please have a look at:


By |February 10th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Christmas Arrangements 2019




By |December 11th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Medieval Experience turns into Festive Hall for Christmas

Kerry County Museum’s elves are very busy at the moment, transforming our Medieval Experience into the Festive Hall for the enjoyment of schools and families alike. Please note that the Medieval Experience and the Archaeology Hall are both closed from November until after Christmas and a reduced admission fee applies. Following upstairs exhibitions are open as usual: Casement in Kerry, Art in the Park off the Rails: The Kingdom of Kerry and the Main Museum Gallery. Please note that tickets for the Festive Hall have to be booked in advance.

By |November 20th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Exhibition Launch: The Kingdom of Kerry

Join us for the opening of our new temporary exhibition Art in the Park off the Rails: The Kingdom of Kerry, featuring exhibits by more than 30 Kerry artists. Now in its second year, Art in the Park off the Rails is a joint creative project by Tralee Chamber Alliance and Kerry County Museum. The launch of this exciting exhibition will take place on Thursday 28 November at 7pm, all welcome! The Kingdom of Kerry will run until April 2020.

By |November 20th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

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|Tags: |

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

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

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|Tags: |

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: or our collections officer Sarah O’Farrell at

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

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|Tags: |

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


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

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