Based in the grounds of Victorian Turlough Park House, the museum tells the story of the lives of ordinary people in rural Ireland from 1850 to 1950. Our Discover Primary Science activities focus on 'science in everyday life' through a range of tours, demonstrations and hands-on workshops for primary school children of all ages. Topics include clothing, lighting and food production as well as a range of nature trails and outdoor activities. Children can also learn about the work of museums and museum conservation.


Ballycroy National Park is Irelands sixth national park. It comprises 11,000 hectares of Atlantic blanket bog and mountainous terrain, covering a vast uninhabited and unspoilt wilderness. It is part of the Natura 2000 network, which protect rare and important habitats and species under the EU Habitats and Birds Directive.

The Visitor Centre at Ballycroy National Park houses an Interactive exhibition on the habitats of the park and the surrounding area, a dedicated classroom, Nature Trail with pond and Tea Room with light lunches.


National Museum of Ireland

Country Life
Co. Mayo

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Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre


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