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|Tags: |

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|Tags: |

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|Tags: |

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|Tags: |

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|Tags: |

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|Tags: |

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|Tags: |

Online resources to help with your research

We’ve put together a small list of resources to help you get started with your research projects at home.  If you have any questions please email us  –

Kerry County Museum –

Kerry Library Local History Section ––archives.html

Census of Ireland –

Historic Map Viewer –

GeoHive map viewer –

Heritage Maps – 

Ogham Stones –

Newspaper archive –

Irish Architecture –

Buildings of Ireland –

Griffith’s Valuation –

Articles and Journals –

Articles and Journals –

Military Archives –

Military Service Pension Collection –

Google Earth –

Bing Aerial Maps – 

Record of Monuments andPlaces  (County Kerry) – Mannual  &  6” Maps Index 



By |February 24th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Researching Kerry’s History and Heritage Online – Watch our Expert Tutorials to get you started

Kerry County Museum has created six introductory tutorials to help you with your local history research. These short videos feature local heritage experts describing in plain language how to research different aspects of Kerry’s history, archaeology and built heritage. Special emphasis is put on the use and availability of sources and how to access information online. Whether you are a local history enthusiast or a secondary school student working on a local history project, our video tutorials are an excellent starting point for researching Kerry’s past. All six tutorials and other online resources can be found here:




By |January 30th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Christmas Arrangements

Dear visitors, in accordance with government guidelines, Kerry County Museum will remain closed until 12th January 2021 when restrictions will be reviewed. We would like to take the opportunity to wish you a very Happy Christmas. If you have any queries, please send an email to and we will reply to you after our return to the office in January.

By |December 23rd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

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