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Monaghan County Museum

History of the Museum

Monaghan County Museum opened its doors to the public in 1974 becoming the first local authority funded museum in the Republic of Ireland. The Museum has been widely acclaimed for its
commitment in displaying Monaghan's rich culture and heritage. Two of the Museum's most prominent awards have been the coveted Council of Europe Museum Prize in 1980 and the Gulbenkian - Norwich Union Award for Best Collections Care in 1993.

The Museum was originally housed in the Courthouse in the centre of town, however following a fire which gutted the building in 1981 the collection was rescued and temporarily moved to Saint Macartan's College on the outskirts of the town. In 1990 Monaghan County Museum was officially reopened at it's current residence of 1-2 Hill Street. The Building was originally two large town houses, however it underwent extensive reconstruction and now offers a unique experience to our visitors as they explore the history of the county in our permanent exhibition galleries.


Apart from our extensive collection of local artefacts, the Museum cares for a significant collection of archival material including early estate records (rentals, maps and wages books) and local authority records. Our library stocks many books on local history and archaeology. Our archives and library are available to researchers by appointment.

For more information on the Museum, click here to view our dedicated website.

Museum events

The museum runs an exciting range of exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, social events, competitions and guided tours throughout the year. To view our upcoming events please refer to the Heritage Events section of this website.

Management & contact details

Curator:    Liam Bradley
Address:   1-2 Hill Street, Monaghan, County Monaghan, Ireland.
Phone:      (00353) 47 82928.

This project has been funded by a grant from the Heritage Council of Ireland. It has also received funding from Cavan-Monaghan Rural Development Co-op under the National Rural Development Programme. Funded by the Irish Government and part-financed by the European Union under the National Development Plan 2000-2006.