Museums of Mayo - museums to visit in County Mayo

Clew Bay Heritage Centre

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Westport, County Mayo

The Clew Bay Heritage Centre prides itself on being a "hands on" experience one of the few museums, where visitors can touch the artefacts on display.

The displays are divided into the following sections:

Scale model of Westport Town and Quay

This model is used by the guides to illustrate the history and development of the town of Westport.

Grace O'Malley (Granuaile) and the O'Malley Clan

The original rulers of this part of Mayo.

Westport House and the Brownes.

The Port of Westport

Up to the coming of the Railway in the 1870's, this was the main port for Mayo.

Ireland's Struggle for Independence

This section contains original artefacts relating to Major John MacBride and his wife Maud Gonne, (inspiration of the love poetry of W B Yeats); autographs, books of Prisoners of War and various items from War of Independence and Civil War.

Croagh Patrick and The Churches of Westport

Croagh Patrick, renowned for its Patrician Pilgrimage in honour of Saint Patrick's fast on the mountain for forty days in 441AD, and now recognised as a place of tremendous importance in the pre-Christian era.

The Archaeology of County Mayo

Photographs and artefacts illustrating the rich archaeology of the county.

Kitchen Scene

Selection of tools and utensils used locally from mid-19th century onwards.

School Section

With old school desk, slates and copy books dating from 1890's.

Mayo Authors

George Moore, George A Birmingham, Eleanor Fairburn and Michael Mullen.