“I believe profoundly in the importance of museums; I would go as far as to say that you can judge a society by the quality of its museums” – Richard Fortey

In North Mayo we are truly blessed with an abundance of museums for you to visit and immerse yourself in our culture and heritage. Here’s our comprehensive guide to the museums of North Mayo.


The Jackie Clarke Collection, Pearse Street, Ballina, F26 A368

The Jackie Clarke Collection Ballina Co. Mayo
The Jackie Clarke Collection in Ballina, County Mayo

The Jackie Clarke Collection, located in the heart of Ballina, is the single most important private collection of Irish history material in public hands, comprising over 100,000 items spanning 400 years.

The collection comprises an eclectic mixture of  artefacts, proclamations, posters, political cartoons, rare books, pamphlets, handbills associated with Theobald Wolfe Tone; letters from Michael Collins, Douglas Hyde, Michael Davitt and O’Donovan Rossa.

It also contains, works by Sir John Lavery, maps, hunger strike material and personal items from Leaders of the 1916 Rising.

The collection is located in the stunning old Hibernian Bank – a beautiful building in its own right. The main exhibit space showcases the treasures with an interactive touch screen illustrating and detailing hundreds more items. Adjacent, stored in the old cast iron bank vault is an original 1916 Proclamation – Jackie’s “Holy Grail” – and the reading of this is an experience not to be missed.

Opening Times : Tuesday to Saturday: 12pm to 5pm

For bookings:  +353 96 73508 (booking is essential)

Visit:  clarkecollection.ie 

Or Email:  clarkecollection@mayococo.ie

                                                                         


The Céide Fields, Glenurla, Ballycastle, F26 PF66

The Céide Fields, Co. Mayo by Alison Crummy / Fáilte Ireland
Céide Fields, Co. Mayo by Alison Crummy / Fáilte Ireland

The Céide Fields are the oldest known field systems in the world, almost millennia old. It is a unique Neolithic landscape of world importance, which has changed our perception of our Stone Age ancestors.

Visitors to the Centre can enjoy a brand new upgraded digital-led visitor experience, and marvel at the magnificent 4,300 year old Scots Pine tree which dominates the centre of the building. A panoramic viewing platform both inside and outside on the roof of the glass topped pyramid shaped building affords dramatic views of sea and land.

Opening information : The Céide Fields Neolithic site is now open to visitors but the visitor centre, café and toilets remain closed. There is no charge and our very knowledgeable Guide staff are on site to answer any questions and provide directions.

For bookings:  +353 96 43325 (booking not essential but it is advisable to call ahead if you are with a large group)
Visit:  The Céide Fields |    Facebook: Céide Fields | Or Email:  ceidefields@opw.ie            


The Michael Davitt Museum, Straide, F26 FX37

The Michael Davitt Museum in Straide, County Mayo
The Michael Davitt Museum

The Michael Davitt Museum is located in the picturesque and historic village of Straide in Co. Mayo on the N58 route between Ballyvary and Foxford beside the cosy Copper Beech pub.

The museum, which tells the story of the prominent Irish social justice activist and agrarian campaigner who founded the Irish National Land League,  is housed in the magnificently restored pre-Penal Church that was used prior to the enactment of the 1690’s Penal Laws in Ireland. The building is a beautiful setting for the fascinating story of this huge character in Irish history,  a close ally of Charles Stuart Parnell, the leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party and campaigner for Home Rule.

The Michael Davitt Visitor Centre includes the beautiful surrounding grounds of Straide Abbey, which together with parking and picnic area provides an ideal destination for a great family day out in Mayo.

Opening Times : Monday to Saturday: 10:30am – 5:30pm                                                            Contact:  00353 (0)94 903 1942
Visit:  www.michaeldavittmuseum.ie                                                                                               Facebook: Michael Davitt Museum
Or Email:  davittmuseum@eircom.net


Belleek Castle, Belleek Woods, Ballina F26 KV04

Belleek Castle, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Belleek Castle, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Belleek Castle was built between 1825 and 1831, on the site of a medieval abbey, one of four along the River Moy. Belleek was commissioned by Sir Arthur Francis Knox-Gore.

The manor house was designed by the prolific architect John Benjamin Keanes, and the neo-gothic architecture met the taste of the time, when medieval styles became fashionable. The Knox-Gores lived in Belleek until the early 1940’s.

Marshall Doran, a merchant navy officer and an avid collector of fossils and medieval armour, acquired the run down property in 1961, restored it and opened it as a hotel in 1970.

The Marshall Doran Collection is temporarily closed to the public due to Covid-19

For bookings:  +353 96 22400
Visit:  www.belleekcastle.com
Or email:  info@belleekcastle.com

Facebook: Belleek Castle


The Foxford Woollen Mills,  Providence Rd, Foxford F26 H9E4

Foxford Woollen Mills working mill
Foxford Woollen Mills working mill

The Foxford Woollen Mills was established in 1892 by Sister Agnes Morrogh-Bernard, and the award-winning Foxford Woollen Mills Visitor Centre is located in one of the original buildings. Airy and light-filled, it showcases a treasure trove of Irish craft produce and gifts, a gourmet café and a working mill which you can explore as part of your tour.

The Foxford Woollen Mills guided tour offers a truly unique experience to visitors by giving them a background to the Mill, why it was set up in Foxford in 1892, the challenges that were faced and how they were overcome. The story of the Mills is a fascinating tale of one woman’s incredible determination and triumph over adversity against all the odds.

To book your factory tour:

Telephone: +353 (0) 94 9256104
Website: www.foxfordwoollenmills.com
Email: tours@fwm.ie
Facebook:  Foxford Woollen Mills

Tour Times

Weekdays (working mill): 10:00am – 4:30pm
Saturdays: 10:00am – 4:30pm
Sundays: 12 noon – 4:30pm


Father Peyton Centre, Attymass, Ballina F26 X884

The Father Patrick Peyton CSC Memorial Company CLG was incorporated on 25th June 1997 to develop and operate a Memorial Centre to the late Fr. Patrick Peyton C.S.C. (1909 – 1992). Attymass parish being the birthplace of Fr. Peyton was selected as the location for the Memorial Centre.

Take a guided tour and discover how this young priest from Attymass brought his message of peace and family unity to the world. In a time before social media, he recognized the power of Hollywood and the stars of the time, Bing Crosby, Maureen O’Hara and James Stewert to name few, helped him promote his simple message ‘The family that prays together stays together’.

He was pioneer of his time and recognized potential, his studios film‘The Family Theatre’ gave future stars such as George Lucas (Star Wars) and James Dean their first film credits.

Contact:  +353 (0)96 45374 | Visit: fatherpeytoncentre.ie | Facebook: Fr. Peyton Centre, Attymass, Ballina, Co. Mayo | Or email:  frpeytoncentre@gmail.com


The North Mayo Heritage Centre, Prospect, Castlehill, Ballina F26 FR94

North Mayo Heritage Centre at Enniscoe House, Crossmolina, Co. Mayo, Ireland
North Mayo Heritage Centre at Crossmolina, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Located within the curtilage of Enniscoe House, Crossmolina is the North Mayo Heritage Centre. The Centre is dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich heritage of the region of Mayo North.

The North Mayo Heritage Centre has a Family History Research Unit, which provides a genealogy service for clients all over the world. The centre also has a small museum of unique domestic and agricultural artifacts from North Mayo and an exhibition area for you to explore on your visit.

For further information about the North Mayo Heritage Centre, contact:

Contact +353 (0) 96 31809 or +353 (0)85 1902223 | Visit:  www.northmayogenealogy.com   Facebook: North Mayo Heritage Centre


The Admiral Brown Centre, Providence StreetFoxford F26 YW59

The Admiral William Brown Centre Museum, Foxford Co. Mayo
The Admiral William Brown Centre Museum, Foxford Co. Mayo

The Admiral Brown Centre Foxford is a quirky little museum commemorating Admiral William Brown ‘Guillermo Brown’ (1777-1857). He is commonly referred to as the “Father of the Argentine Navy.”

Opening Times: Tuesday to Friday, 10:00am to 4:00pm

For bookings:  +353 (0)94 925 6756
Visit:  The Admiral William Brown Museum                                                                  Facebook: Admiral William Brown Society (OFFICIAL)
Or Email:  info@admiralbrown.com


Hennigan’s Heritage Centre, Killasser, Swinford, F12 T207

Hennigan's Heritage Centre, Killasser Swinford County Mayo
Hennigan’s Heritage Centre, Killasser Swinford County Mayo

The purpose of the Heritage Centre is to preserve and showcase the heritage of life of the Mayo area, from farming, house and home, to jobs and work, to celebration of life and death.

At the heart of the heritage centre lies beautifully preserved thatched cottage built in the 1870’s where the Hennigan family lived until 1970.

The displays tell the story of Ireland, from prehistoric times to the 19th century land estates and tenants, through Independence and into the present.

Visit:  hennigansheritage.com | Call:  +353 87 249 1402 | Facebook: Hennigan’s Heritage Centre | Email: hennigansheritagecentre@gmail.com


The Ballinglen Museum of Contemporary Art, Ballycastle, F26 RX61

The Ballinglen Museum of Art Ballycastle Co. Mayo
The Ballinglen Museum of Art, Ballycastle Co. Mayo

 25 years after The Ballinglen Arts Foundation opened it’s doors in Ballycastle, The Ballinglen Museum of Art opened in 2020.

Throughout their quarter of a century The Ballinglen Arts Foundation has amassed a collection of 800+ pieces of art which will be showcased in the new museum.

The Ballinglen archive is the largest collection of contemporary art in Ireland and the first museum dedicated to contemporary art in the west of Ireland.

Tel: +353 (0) 96 43 184

Visit: www.ballinglenartsfoundation.org |  Email: ballinglenarts@gmail.com | Facebook: Ballinglen Arts Foundation


Coming soon …

Blacksod Lighthouse, Belmullet, Co. Mayo (Summer 2021)

Oweninny Windfarm Visitor Centre, Bellacorick, Co. Mayo (Summer 2021)

The Mary Robinson Centre, Ballina, Co. Mayo (Spring 2022)