The Barrow. Our River Your Journey

Interior of Carlow County Museum

To Contact

Carlow County Museum
T: +353 (0)59 9131554
A: College Street

Opening Hours:

September – May

Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.

June – August

Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

June – August

Sundays and Bank Holidays 2 – 4.30 p.m.

Admission to the museum is free. The museum is self-guided but tours for groups 10+ can be pre-booked.


Carlow County Museum

Carlow County Museum brings to life the story of Carlow’s development through the ages. Among the displays are exhibitions featuring the beautifully hand carved nineteenth century wooden pulpit from Carlow Cathedral which has been included in the Irish Times newspaper’s prestigious list “A History of Ireland in 100 objects”; John Tyndall, Carlow’s prolific nineteenth century scientist whose discoveries still have an impact to this day; Kevin Barry, a medical student from County Carlow, was executed in 1920 in Mountjoy Gaol at the age of 18 for his role in the War of Independence; Captain Myles Kehoe was in the 7th US Cavalry and was killed in the Battle of the Little Big Horn along with General Custer; Carlow Sugar Factory, Ireland’s first and largest sugar factory, was opened in 1926 and archaeological finds from the Carlow bypass which are on display for the first time courtesy of the National Museum of Ireland and the National Roads Authority.   Carlow Town Council in partnership with Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society has developed the new museum.

Carlow is one of thirteen county museums in Ireland and works closely with the National Museum of Ireland in the area of archaeological finds. The Museum is part of Carlow Town’s Cultural Quarter.

Sugar Factory exhibit


Wooden Pulpit from Carlow Cathedral