The museum contains a bi-lingual (Irish and English) exhibition, interpreting
many aspects of the rich archaeological resource of the peninsula, and
also of the exciting historical events and personages that have coloured
the area's past. Aspects of the natural heritage are also covered. The
exhibition covers the Geology of the area, a selection of locally-found
Seashells, Prehistory (from Mesolithic to Iron Age), the Early Christian
period, the Medieval Period and Modern times.
The display is enhanced by three touch-screen exhibitions; one on the
Ogham Stones of the area, another on the Early Christian period and
our newest exhibition, a touch-screen display encouraging you to learn
a few words of the Irish language. The first two were grant-aided by
the Heritage Council, and the third by the Department
of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, under the 2013 Scheme
to Assist Local and Regional Museums, for which we are grateful.
NEW EXHIBITION LAUNCHED IN 2012
2012 we launched a brand-new exhibiton on the Whales and Dolphins around
the Dingle Peninsula. This exhibition was prepared with generous funding
from the Heritage
Council and consists of a series of full-colour bilingual panels
showing these wonderful creatures in their natural habitat. The principal
advisor on this exhbition was Nick Massett of the
Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG), whose wonderful photos are
used in the new display (see News).
(Unfortunately, there may be periods during some week-day mornings when
this exhibition area will be closed due to other activities taking place
in the museum).
travelling and temporary exhibitions are also on display from time to
Some of the
panels in our Whale and Dolphin Exhibition
and see our 'boiler' or soup pot, dating from the time of the Great
Famine (1845-1850). It is one of the largest ever to have been used
in Ireland, showing how badly this area was affected by the Great Hunger.