Welcome to Museums of Mayo
The Museums of Mayo are involved in the collection, preservation and exhibition of aspects and artefacts of many aspects of our past which, individually and cumulatively, form an invaluable resource in representing and preserving our unique experience for present and future generations.
The artefacts displayed in the different institutions reflect various aspects of rural life. Visual aids help to give us some understanding of particularly important themes, such as Rural Economy, Famine, Religion and Local History, and their impact on contemporary rural life, while the focus on Genealogy provides a framework for the detailed researching of individuals and families.
Agriculture has been central to the survival of the rural economy throughout Ireland's history.Continue reading
The effects of successive famines were particularly acute in the West of Ireland, where the population declined by as much as a fifth.Continue reading
Fishing was the lifeline, for many centuries, of those living around the extensive coast.Continue reading
Genealogy/Family Research Centres have been the source of bringing family members together after many years, thus bringing great happiness into the lives of both parties.Continue reading
The interest in Local History and the desire to make it meaningful for later generations, is invariably the catalyst for the setting up of such institutions.Continue reading