The museum is situated in the old schoolhouse (built in 1875 - a monument in itself) in Baile an Fheirtéaraigh (Ballyferriter on some maps), 13km (8 miles) west of the fishing port of Dingle (Daingean Uí Chúis), at the west of the Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry, which is in the beautiful south-west of Ireland. We are on the Wild Atlantic Way, and the Slea Head Route, both spectacular driving routes. If staying in Killarney or Tralee for a few days, why not take a trip to the Dingle Peninsula and call in to see us? Or if looking for accommodation in Kerry, why not come west, and stay in one of the many small towns and villages on the Dingle peninsula, and be much closer to the spectacular scenery and wonderful adventure and culture opportunities that the peninsula provides.
We are situated in a Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area), so you will see expressions in Irish being used on this web site (which also has an Irish version), and the name of the museum is also 'as Gaeilge' (i.e. 'in Irish'). It can be translated as 'the museum of the Dingle Peninsula' or, more literally 'the museum of the Barony of Corkaguiney'. Corca Dhuibhne is the name of the tribe that lived in much of the southern part of the peninsula in Early Medieval times, and their name means 'the seeds (or descendants) of Dovinia' - Dovinia being a goddess! It was then used for the administrative division of the Barony, a division which no longer applies.
We also use the original, Irish (and correct!) forms of the placenames in the area, although some maps still only use an 'English' version - we hope you won't be too confused.
The museum is currently closed. It is usually open 7 days a week from 10.00 am - 5.00 pm during the summer months, from June to mid-September. We also open during the Easter holiday season. To arrange to visit outside of this time, please contact us by phone (+353 (0)66 9156333) email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or post (details below).Our Mission
Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne collects, safeguards, holds in trust, displays and interprets a variety of objects and data relating to the rich natural and cultural heritage of the Dingle Peninsula, and endeavours to educate, entertain and enlighten all visitors, from the local student to the scholar, as well as our many summer visitors, from home and abroad.
In the museum you can learn about the geology, archaeology, heritage and history of the area. Some of the artefacts on display are on loan from the National Museum of Ireland, which we acknowledge with thanks.
There is also a programme, from time-to-time of visiting exhibitions, on a variety of topics. (See ‘News’). Our current temporary exhibition is about the Whales and Dolphins around the Dingle Peninsula.
Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne works closely in conjunction with Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne organising events and activities to promote aspects of the intangible heritage with relation to Irish culture and to promote the greater use of the Irish language.
We are also delighted to provide information about walks in the area, sites you might like to visit and other activities available in West Kerry.
The museum also houses a café (home baking!), and a book shop, which also stocks cards and small gifts which have been made in the area.
During winter months the museum is open by request (See Contact Details below).We hope you will enjoy your visit
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