#41 Carlow County Museum

My name is Patricia Dowling and I would like to adopt the Carlow County Museum.

The interior of Carlow County Museum

The interior of the museum (Photograph courtesy of Carlow County Museum)

Tell us a bit more about yourself

I’m a recent Marketing Graduate from County Carlow in Ireland.  I am furthering my education by undertaking an MSc in one of Ireland’s top universities, NUI Galway, later this year.  Although my background is in Business and Marketing I am quite interested in community initiatives and it was this interest that led me to discover the Carlow County Museum.

Tell us a bit more about your adopted museum
The Carlow Historical & Archaeological Society (CHAS) originally founded and opened the museum in 1973 and in 2002 Carlow Town Council took over the operations of the Museum. The Museum is one of twelve official county/city museums in Ireland. Located in the cultural quarter of Carlow Town, Carlow County Museum contains a growing collection of over 5,000 artefacts. The collection represents a wide range of periods and topics containing many interesting objects, some of which are of national and international importance.

Why have you chosen to adopt this museum?
Being a Carlow native I thought I was well versed on the history of the county, however having visited the Museum I was surprised at how little I actually knew.  I think Carlow County Museum deserves recognition because it contains several notable exhibitions including a display on John Tyndall, Carlow’s prolific 19th century scientist who discovered the greenhouse effect and who is arguably the Father of Fibre Optics, and the exhibit of the Carlow Sugar Factory, Ireland’s first and largest sugar factory, which was the first public private partnership in the history of the state as well as an innovative agricultural business.

Why would you recommend people visit?
I highly recommend a visit to Carlow County Museum – not only is the building unique (the Museum is located in a restored Presentation Convent) but there are a variety of exhibitions, beautifully displayed, that will suit all tastes. The Museum is a great place to spend a rainy day (which Ireland is famous for!) and its kind on the pocket too as admission is free.  The Museum is also wheelchair accessible.

How would you sum up your museum in three words?
Surprising, Educational, Excellent

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