Cloosmore ring brooch on
exhibition in the museum.
Browsing.The LanguageWhale and Dolphin ExhibitionSoup Pot
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 one encouraging you to learn a few words of the Irish language.
THE CLOOSMORE RING
Thanks to a grant from
Culture, Heritage and The Gaeltacht,
under the Mobility of Collections Scheme
2018, we were delighted to be able to bring
the Cloosmore medieval ring brooch back to
the area in which it was originally found,
if even for only two days. We were
delighted with the huge numbers of visitors
who came to view the brooch, both from the
local commuinty (including the local primary
school), as well as from further afield.
The brooch will soon go on display in the National Museum of Ireland,
and we are very grateful to Dr Nessa
O'Connor who accompanied the brooch on its
visit to the area, and who gave very freely
of her time and shared her knowledge of the
brooch, and particularly of its enigmatic
inscription, with our many visitors.
We have been delighted to host several temporary exhibitions over the last few years. For the 1916 anniversary year
of 2016 we had an exhibion about Conradh na Gaeilge, and in 2016 and again in
2017 we had an exhibition about the work of The Discovery Programme in County
Kerry. In 2018, we hosted an exhibition celebrating the
shooting of part of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, at sites only a couple of
miles from the museum. This complemented the information we already
have on display about Far and Away (which starred Tom Cruise) and
Ryan's Daughter, both also filmed in the area.
NEW INTERACTIVE FOR 2014!
Thanks to a generours grant from the 2013 Scheme to assist Local and Regional Museums, operated by the Department of
Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, we have developed, using the expertise of Fios Feasa, we have developed a new touch-screen exhibit which encourages you to learn a few words of the Irish language through song, proverbs, colours, numbers etc., and also gives a short history of the language and introduces words that have come into Irish from other languages. Be sure to give it a try when you come to visit! Even if you have some Irish, you will be sure to learn something new!
A NEW EXHIBITION LAUNCHED IN 2012
In 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).
Other travelling and temporary exhibitions are also on display from time to time.
Come 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.
Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne, Baile an Fheirtéaraigh (Ballyferriter), Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland.