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County Down Museum

The building that houses the County Down Museum was once a local jail dating back to 1789. Now painstakingly restored, it houses exhibits centered around the life of St. Patrick, carved crosses from the 8th and 10th centuries, a selection of audiovisual presentations, and agricultural exhibits that include old farm implements and details about animals raised on local farms. Historical items on display include Bronze Age weapons, pottery, implements and tools, along with domestic crafts from the 19th century. There is a special section focusing on artifacts from the 1798 uprising.

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Galway City Museum

Located near the Spanish Arch, the museum was founded in 1976. Its structure was formerly a private house, home to sculptress Clare Sheridan. The museum site is also located near the place where the original city docks were built in 1270. In addition to the Spanish Arch, there were three others - only the Blind Arch remains. The missing two arches were located at the spot where the museum now stands. A speculation is that the Arches were used to store imported goods and avoid taxation. Galway City Museum contains a variety of Irish artifacts from historical events, including the Connaught Rangers, the Civil War, and the Insurrection of 1916.

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The Science Gallery

The Science Gallery is a free public science centre at Trinity College, Dublin, popular for its unique and innovative interactive exhibits and events.  Located at the rear of the college, the various exhibits are usually art and science related, and the public can be involved in sometimes off-the-wall experiments. Opened in 2008, the gallery is a science museum where, according to its proprietors, ideas meet and opinions collide. Visitors can contemplate the latest scientific issues, learn more about them and offer their opinions at talks, debates, and workshops offered in conjunction with the various exhibitions, which change on a regular basis.

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The Science Gallery

The Science Gallery is a free public science centre at Trinity College, Dublin, popular for its unique and innovative interactive exhibits and events.  Located at the rear of the college, the various exhibits are usually art and science related, and the public can be involved in sometimes off-the-wall experiments. Opened in 2008, the gallery is a science museum where, according to its proprietors, ideas meet and opinions collide. Visitors can contemplate the latest scientific issues, learn more about them and offer their opinions at talks, debates, and workshops offered in conjunction with the various exhibitions, which change on a regular basis.

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The Jeanie Johnston

The Jeanie Johnston is a replica of a famine ship -- a three-masted barque that was used to transport emigrants from Ireland to Canada, from where the majority went on to the United States. She is moored off Custom House Quay, Dublin and shows visitors what her desperate passengers endured during their search for a new life in a different country.

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Waterford Treasures Exhibition

Located in the Granary on Merchant’s Quay, this exhibition centre presents a chronicle of Irish history via audiovisual presentations for its visitors, who travel three floors using a glass lift. The top floor displays information about the Viking, Anglo Norman and medieval periods, while the second floor spans the time period from the 19th century to the present. Exhibits include intriguing historical items such as a flute that probably belonged to a Viking in around 1150, fashioned from a goose or swan neck bone.

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Cork City Gaol Heritage Center and Radio Museum

The proposal for a city gaol in Cork originated with an act of Parliament in 1804. The actual complex did not open to accept inmates until 1824.

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Linen Hall Library

On the northwest corner of Donegal Square, opposite Belfast City Hall, sits the Linen Hall Library -- a private collection founded in 1788. The library is housed in a beautiful building designed by renowned architect and former mayor of Belfast, Charles Lanyon. The Linen Hall Library offers a variety of services, and prides itself on being a centre for culture and learning. It is FREE to visit and for public reference use (borrowing is restricted to members).

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Dublin Writer's Museum

Dublin City has a rich literary heritage, including four Nobel laureates. It is chronicled here in this unique and interesting museum using audio and visual exhibits. The museum first opened in 1991, housed in a beautifully restored townhouse located on Parnell Square. The building was formerly the home of John Jameson, a member of the family famous for its Irish whiskey. The museum's central focus is on its Gallery of Writers. This focal exhibit is found in the huge former drawing room, tastefully decorated with paintings and unique plasterwork.

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O’Doherty’s Tower and Derry Tower Museum

Located inside the City Walls of Derry, this magical looking structure was first built in 1615 by Paddy O’Doherty to satisfy tax liability owed to the O’Donnell chieftans. The building on the site today is a reconstructed replica of the original medieval Tower.

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