Carlow is one of thirteen County/City Museums in Ireland. The Museum already contains a growing collection of over 5,000 artefacts which represents a wide range of periods and topics. The building is in a prime town centre location and is part of a complex that already houses the County Library, Archive and the Tourist Office. The vision is to create a central cultural complex in Carlow town that provides easy access to cultural amenities. The role of Carlow County Museum is to collect, preserve, conserve, document and display the history and material culture of the county.
The Museum gives a snapshot of the wonderful history and heritage of the county. View the famous and magnificent 19th century hand carved pulpit from Carlow Cathedral. The pulpit has been included in the Irish Times newspaper list ‘A History of Ireland in 100 Objects’, these are the top one hundred objects related to Irish history to view in our museums and galleries around Ireland. Also on view is the original gallows trapdoor from the Carlow Gaol sees the smoking pipe of Captain Myles Keogh, killed at the Battle of Little Big Horn read about the great 19th century scientist John Tyndall who was the first man to discover the greenhouse effect.