Sligo County museum is located in a former manse in the heart of Sligo town. In 1955 it was converted to a museum and opened to the public. Sligo County Library sits adjoining the museum which was formerly a gothic Presbyterian Church.
The museum houses a range of collections including some artefacts that depicts Sligo’s rich stone-age history. The most popular of which is a 100 year old bog butter.
As the home town of famous poet W.B. Yeats, you won’t be surprised to learn that Sligo County Museum houses a dedicated room to his talents call ‘The Yeats Room’. This room holds letters, manuscripts and photographs of the well-known poet and houses a replica of his Nobel Peace Prize winning medal. It also holds a lot of his collections dating 1889 to 1936. If you’re a fan of his work, the museum is well worth the visit.
Not only does it hold a great collection from W.B. Yeats, but the Sligo County museum also contains some interesting artefacts owned by Countess Markievicz making it a must see for history lovers. There are also some remarkable paintings from famous Irish painters including Jack B Yeats (brother to W.B. Yeats), George Russel and Sean Keating.
The museum has free admission and is open from Tuesday until Saturday from 10.00am until 4.30pm. It is easily accessible from Clayton Hotel Sligo at just a short 5 minute drive from the hotel. Alternatively, it is a 20 minute walk into the heart of Sligo Town.
If you’re interested in history and the arts, then Sligo County Museum is a must visit for anyone visiting the charming county of Sligo. You can read more about Sligo Museums here.
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