Located in the cultural quarter of Carlow

Located in Carlow’s Cultural Quarter, just off the town’s main street, and entered through Carlow Tourist Office. Four galleries house hundreds of items on display including: the magnificent six-meter 19th century hand carved pulpit from Carlow Cathedral, which is among the top 100 objects to view in an Irish museum; the original gallows trapdoor from the Carlow Gaol; the wooden smoking pipe of Captain Myles Keogh who was killed at the Battle of Little Big Horn in 1876; items from John Tyndall, Carlow’s 19th century scientist who discovered the greenhouse effect; Kevin Barry’s last cigarette before he was executed in 1920 at the age of 18 for his role in the Irish War of Independence; and a 340 million year old fossilised squid.

  • Magnificent 19th century six-metre hand carved oak pulpit from Carlow Cathedral
  • The smoking pipe of Captain Myles Keogh, killed at the Battle of Little Big Horn
  • On view is the original gallows trapdoor from the Carlow Gaol which was used during the 19th century for public executions

Open Year Round

February to May & September to November
Mon – Sat 10:00-16:30h

June to August
Mon – Sat 10:00-17:00h
Sun & B/Hols 14:00-16:30h

December to January
Mon – Fri 10:00-16:30h

Last admission 30 minutes before closing


Admission Rates

Admission is FREE

Useful Information

Wheelchair accessible.

Parking for cars in the nearby car parks.

Parking for coaches in either the Bus Park on Barrack Street or in the Visual Arts Centre car park.

Getting There

Located just off Tullow Street (main Street) sharing the same building as Carlow Library and directly next door to Carlow Cathedral

Map Location: 52.836245, -6.928185
Contact Carlow County Museum

College Street, Carlow Town, Co. Carlow, Ireland

Eircode: R93 E3T2
T: +353 (0)59 913 1554
E: museum@carlowcoco.ie
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