House Museums & Open-Air Museums of Ireland Photos

House Museums are historic or architecturally important homes restored and furnished to a defined period of time and open for public tours. Open-Air Museums are collections of such houses in a village or neighborhood with the addition of farms, commercial or industrial buildings. The featured museums range from castles to cottages.

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Dublin Castle, Dublin Bedford Hall & Tower on Upper Castle Yard at Dublin Castle. Dublin, Ireland Painted ceiling by Vincenzo Waldré in St Patrick's Hall at Dublin Castle. Dublin, Ireland Artwork in State Drawing Room at Dublin Castle. Dublin, Ireland
Aras an Uachtarain, President of Ireland's House, Dublin Ceremonial entrance of Aras an Uachtarain. Dublin, Ireland Abstract painting at Aras an Uachtarain. Dublin, Ireland Irish carpet by Raymond McGrath of Donegal in state reception room at Aras an Uachtarain. Dublin, Ireland
Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin Rathfarnham Castle built as fortified house by Adam Loftus, Lord Chancellor & Archbishop of Dublin. Dublin, Ireland Neoclassical details of ball room at Rathfarnham Castle. Dublin, Ireland Four seasons room ceiling painting with Demeter being crowned in center attrib. to James 'Athenian' Stuart at Rathfarnham Castle. Dublin, Ireland
Pearse Museum, Dublin Front facade of Pearse Museum. Dublin, Ireland Patrick Pearse's Office at Pearse Museum. Dublin, Ireland Éire sculpture by William Pearse at Pearse Museum. Dublin, Ireland
Castletown House, Ireland Castletown House built for William Conolly, Speaker of Irish House of Commons. Ireland Staircase banister at Castletown House. Ireland Wall decoration in Long Gallery at Castletown House. Ireland
Russborough House Entrance stairs of Russborough House. Ireland Dining room at Russborough House. Ireland Decorated baroque stucco drawing room prob. by plasterer known as St. Peter's Stuccodore at Russborough House. Ireland
Emo Court Portico of Emo Court. Ireland Domed rotunda with Siena marble pilasters at Emo Court. Ireland Drawing room neoclassical fireplace at Emo Court. Ireland
Birr Castle Birr Castle. Ireland Close-up view of Birr Castle. Ireland Telescope recently reproduced at Birr Castle. Ireland
Cahir Castle, Ireland Northern wall & two corner towers Cahir Castle. Cahir, Ireland Portcullis with projecting stonework overhang used to support mechanism to raise the defensive door at Cahir Castle. Cahir, Ireland Banqueting hall with hammer-beam ceiling at Cahir Castle. Cahir, Ireland
Swiss Cottage, Cahir, Ireland Ornamental-style Swiss Cottage part of Picturesque movement where wealthy owners escaped to live simpler life. Cahir, Ireland Ornamental-style Swiss Cottage part of Picturesque movement of late 18th C. Cahir, Ireland Woven pillar detail of Swiss Cottage. Cahir, Ireland
Rothe House, Kilkenny Rothe House. Kilkenny, Ireland Contoured great chair with turned legs at Rothe House. Kilkenny, Ireland Flower garden at Rothe House. Kilkenny, Ireland
Kilkenny Castle Castle at Kilkenny in Norman style. Kildare, Ireland Mirror over parlor fireplace at Kilkenny Castle. Ireland Picture gallery at Kilkenny Castle. Ireland
Bishop's Palace Museum, Waterford Entrance hall staircase at Bishop's Palace. Waterford, Ireland Dining room at Bishop's Palace. Waterford, Ireland Rocking horse prob. made in Waterford at Bishop's Palace. Waterford, Ireland
Derrynane House on Ring of Kerry Derrynane House home of Daniel O'Connell, founder of Irish independence movement in Derrynane National Park. Ireland Loo table carved with Irish symbols, originally used to play game of Loo, made by Peter Beakey, & given to O'Connell in 1844 while he was imprisoned for his political activities at Derrynane House. Ireland Detail of portrait of Daniel O'Connell by John Gubbins in dining room at Derrynane House. Ireland
Muckross House, Killarney Muckross House with surrounding gardens in Killarney National Park. Killarney, Ireland Inlaid cupboard in Muckross House, near Killarney. Ireland Rhododendron blossoms at Muckross House in Killarney National Park. Killarney, Ireland
Muckross Traditional Farms, Killarney Entrance with climbing roses & nasturtiums at Quille's farm at Muckross Traditional Farms in Killarney National Park. Killarney, Ireland Irish wolfhound at Muckross Traditional Farms in Killarney National Park. Killarney, Ireland Cart carrying peat for heating at Muckross Traditional Farms in Killarney National Park. Killarney, Ireland
Irish National Heritage Park Recreation of Mesolithic straw hut at Irish National Heritage Park. Ireland Replica of Ringfort combined wealthy farmhouse & fort at Irish National Heritage Park. Ireland Replica of medieval Crannog lake settlement at Irish National Heritage Park. Ireland
Bunratty Folk Park, County Clare Horse drawn wagons used by the group known as Travellers at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. County Clare, Ireland Roof thatching at Bunratty folk park. Ireland Historical interpreters in period dress at Folk Park, Bunratty. Ireland
Bunratty Castle, County Clare Profile of Bunratty Castle. County Clare, Ireland Carved wooden figure holding harp on wall of Great Hall at Bunratty Castle. County Clare, Ireland Leuchterweibchen, a flamboyant figure of German origin in Earl's bedroom at Bunratty Castle. County Clare, Ireland
Strokestown Park House & Irish National Famine Museum Palladian porch at Strokestown Park. Vesnoy, Ireland Detail of Parliament House tall clock by J. Waugh & Son of Dublin at Strokestown Park. Vesnoy, Ireland Kitchen cook stoves at Strokestown Park. Vesnoy, Ireland
Ulster Folk Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland Cluan Place at Ulster Folk Park. Belfast, Northern Ireland Irish goat with corkscrew horns at Ulster Folk & Transport Museum. Northern Ireland Collection of Irish carts at Ulster Folk Park. Belfast, Northern Ireland
Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Northern Ireland Shipbuoy Street streetscape at Ulster American Folk Park. Omagh, Northern Ireland Campbell House at Ulster American Folk Park. Omagh, Northern Ireland Western Pennsylvania Log House at Ulster American Folk Park. Omagh, Northern Ireland
Florence Court, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland Palladian window at Florence Court. Enniskillen, Northern Ireland Dining room plasterwork ceiling at Florence Court. Enniskillen, Northern Ireland Wooded chest with royal crown in bedroom at Florence Court. Enniskillen, Northern Ireland
Castle Coole, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland Castle Coole. Enniskillen, Northern Ireland Lion medallion of door of Castle Coole. Enniskillen, Northern Ireland Outbuildings of Castle Coole. Enniskillen, Northern Ireland
Mount Stewart House, Northern Ireland Exterior of Mount Stewart House. Northern Ireland Pair of stone Dodos flank an ark at Mount Stewart House. Northern Ireland Gardens of Mount Stewart House. Northern Ireland

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