Top ten strangest Irish museums - including a leprechaun one VIDEOS
From butter to basketry to fly fishing there is a museum for everyone in Ireland
1. National Leprechaun Museum, Dublin City
This museum is the place to experience the sounds, sights, and stories and magic of the land of those miniature, mischievous, mythological figures.
2. Quiet Man Cottage Museum, Cong, Co.Mayo
If you are among the throngs who fell in love with the movie you are certain to fall in love with this Mayo attraction featuring an exact replica of the ‘White-O-Mornin’ cottage, furniture, clothing, and costumes as seen in the classic film shot in the village.
3. Tara’s Palace Museum of Childhood (Powerscourt House) Co. Wicklow
This world renowned 22 room dollhouse which took master craftsmen over 20 years to build is the main exhibit among others which the “house in a bottle," “the smallest dollhouse in the world” and 300 year-old dollhouses.
4. Cork Butter Museum, Shandon. Co. Cork
Located in what was the world’s largest butter market in Cork this museum traces the historical production and export of the diary product in the economic and social life in Ireland. Butter making equipment and storage containers are on display including a 1000 year old keg of butter.
5. Greenan Farm Museums and Maze, Co. Wicklow
The museum’s hub is the manicured celtic hedge maze. Other highlights include a bottle museum showcasing 19th and 20th century jars and the barn museum that served as safehouse for Irish rebels and the home for Seanchai Tom O’Neill.
6. Arigna Mining Experience, Arigna. Co. Roscommon
The Mining Experience Centre was developed to preserve the energy heritage of the Arigna Valley and to ensure that Arigna maintains its link with Energy themes: Past, Present & Future. During the underground tour, visitors will experience what it was like to work in some of the narrowest coal seams in the western world.
7. Museum of the Master Saddler, Co. Cavan
Corlough hosts the only museum in the world devoted to the art of the saddler and the harness maker. Museum exhibits include horsedrawn carriages and farm machinery and houses a workshop and publishing division. Many exciting events like hunting and miniature ploughing are featured here.