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Monaghan County Museum opened its doors to the public in 1974 becoming the first full time professionally staffed local authority museum in the country. For over forty years the museum staff have worked to promote the cultural diversity and historical richness of the region and to bring that diversity and richness to as wide an audience as possible.
The museum’s extensive collection covers the history of the county from the end of the last Ice Age over 10,000 years ago all the way to modern day. Its continued commitment to provide a quality service has been rewarded on a number of occasions. In 1980 the museum won the Council of Europe Prize for excellence in community involvement, Monaghan County Museum remains the only Irish museum to have ever won this award. The professionalism of the museum staff has seen this highly respected service receive awards for Best Collections Care in 1993 and again in 2004 under the Irish Museum of the Year Awards.
In 2008 Monaghan County Museum lead the way again by becoming the first Local Authority Museum in the country to achieve full accreditation under the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland. This list of prestigious awards confirms the Museum’s standing as one of the premier cultural attractions in the country.
Look Out For
The Museum hosts a year long programme of events from temporary exhibitions based on the history and heritage of the regions to family fun days. For full details check out the museum website or follow the museum on Facebook
Fun things to do
During the summer months there are annual summer fun events in the museum gallery as well as an archaeology summer camp. Behind the scenes workshops allow visitors to tour the museum’s incredible stores and get involved in a little artefact conservation in our lab!
Interactive displays and Open Access Points encourage visitors to touch and feel objects so as to get a closer connection to history. Guided tours of the museum’s incredible collection are available but please book ahead.
Monday – Friday 11:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday 12pm – 5pm
Group visits outside of opening hours can be arranged with prior booking