Immerse yourself in the unique stories, rich heritage and fascinating cultural traditions of our rural ancestors at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life in Co. Mayo.

Set in the spectacular grounds of Turlough Park House, the award-winning National Museum of Ireland – Country Life is a leading visitor attraction in the western region.

The museum houses the National Folklife Collection and provides a fascinating insight into the daily lives of people in rural Ireland, from 1850 to 1950.

A wide range of exhibits and interactive displays appeal to young and old alike. Explore our agricultural and maritime past, traditional trades and crafts, fashion and textiles, religion, festivals, beliefs, and more.

The museum galleries, with no admission fee, are spread over four floors in a modern and architecturally unique building. Next door, visitors can also see Turlough Park House – the 19th century, Gothic style ancestral home of the Fitzgerald Family.

Cycle along the Great Western Greenway cycle route from Castlebar to the Museum.

Bicycle parking facilities available in the Museum grounds.

Ideal for family visits

  • Leading visitor attraction in the western region
  • The museum houses the National Folklife Collection
  • A range of exhibits and interactive displays
  • Enjoyable experience for all ages

Open Year Round

Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00–17:00
Sunday & Monday: 13:00–17:00
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday


Admission Prices 

Admission is FREE

Useful Information

Check out their range of facilities, services, accessibility, and other useful information.

DINING / REFRESHMENTS: Museum Café offering meals, snacks, hot & cold drinks

SHOPPING: Museum shop selling books, gifts, craftware and locally produced products

WI-FI: Free Wi-Fi available in Museum Café

PARKING: Free car parking is available on-site

Getting There

Located in Turlough village, off the N5. Just 8 km from Castlebar

Map Location: 53.883572, -9.207509
Contact National Museum of Ireland – Country Life

Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Eircode: F23 HY31
T: +353 (0)94 903 1755
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