Admission remains FREE   


Carlow County Museum is located in Carlow’s Cultural Quarter, just off the town’s main street and is entered through the tourist office. Spanning four galleries, the museum has a wide collection of items and artefacts from Carlow county including:

  • the original gallows trapdoor from Carlow Gaol;
  • the 6m carved pulpit from Carlow Cathedral;
  • items from Carlow’s Sugar Factory, which operated for almost 80 years;
  • the smoking pipe of Captain Myles Keogh, killed at the Battle of Little Big Horn;
  • items relating to John Tyndall, the Carlow scientist who discovered the greenhouse effect;
  • a 340 million-year-old fossilized squid;
  • a special exhibition on St. Willibrord, an English monk who trained in Carlow before becoming the Patron Saint of Luxembourg.
  • the last cigarette smoked by and the Death Mask of Kevin Barry, an 18-year-old medical student who was executed for his role in the Irish War of Independence;
  • the printing press used by The Nationalist newspaper;
  • our latest exhibit, the grave effigy of Robert Hartpole, Constable of Carlow Castle and High Sheriff of Carlow, dating from 1594. …and so much more!


Opening Hours


Walk ups are now welcome – pre-booking | appointments are no longer necessary.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

June to August 2022

Monday to Saturday

10:00am to to 5.00pm (last entry 4.30pm)

Sundays & Bank Holidays*

2:00pm - 4.30pm (last entry 4.00pm)

September 2022 to May 2023

Monday to Saturday*

Sundays & Bank Holidays

*Closed for lunch 1pm to 1.30pm every Saturday

10:00am to 4.30pm (last entry 4.00pm)


Carlow County Museum is delighted to welcome back visitors to the museum. The health and safety of our visitors and staff is our greatest concern.

With that in mind we would ask you to please take a moment to familiarise yourself with our Reopening Guidelines below before you visit. Please scroll for general admission information and details about the available timeslots.

Admission remains FREE. For further enquiries, please contact us on by phoning the Museum on 059-9131554 or emailing

Opening Hours and available timeslots

From 1st July 2022, Carlow County Museum will be open from Monday to Saturday, 10.00am – 5.00pm, with the last admission at 4.30pm. On Sundays and Bank Holiday’s the museum is open from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, with the last visit at 4.00pm. The Museum closes for lunch between 1.00pm and 1.30pm on Saturday’s. 

The designated last admission times are to allow visitors to view the exhibits and complete their tour. 



By Appointment Only

If you are part of a group/ organisation/ historical or archaeological society then why not pre-book a FREE Guided Tour (10+ people)

Teachers, let your students enjoy our free fun School Quiz and get to handle Museum artefacts as part of the tour (also available in Irish)

The School Quiz is also suitable for students of English language schools.

To book in for a tour, please call us on 059-9131554 / or email us at


Please click on the adjacent place names for links to  walking route options to Carlow County Museum from/to:

Nearest parking to Carlow County Museum:

VISUAL Carlow Carpark

Kennedy Street / Dinn Rí Carpark

Irishman’s Carpark

Carlow Shopping Centre Carpark (shorter pedestrian access to Tullow Street is also available through the car park (125m)

Coach parking can be found:

Distance from local amenities to Carlow County Museum

Please click on the adjacent place names for links to              walking route options to Carlow County Museum from/to: