At the highly interactive Irish Famine Museum, located at Strokestown Park, breath-taking local and national stories from this tragic period in Ireland’s past are brought dramatically to life. Explore the parallel lives of Strokestown Park’s aristocratic landlords and their tenants during the Great Irish Famine at the state-of-the-art National Famine Museum. A mixture of imaginative scene-setting and innovative audio, audio-visual, and touchscreen resources – as well as a family activity guide – help to make a museum visit a fascinating, immersive experience for people of all ages.
King House in Boyle is a magnificently restored Georgian Mansion and today stands as a museum to life in Ireland in the 18th Century. Delve into the dramatic episodes of its history with stories of a tragic Irish romance, runaway lovers, a duel of honour, a murder trial, and feats of bravery and hardship in war. With the aid of special effects and life size models, visitors are taken back in history in an entertaining way. Children can write with a quill and ink or even dress in the attire of a Chieftain.
Visit Cruachan Aí and discover The Rathcroghan Complex, one of Ireland’s Celtic Royal Sites. The Rathcroghan Visitor Centre has interpretive rooms, where you can see how the Iron Age and Medieval Irish dressed, what they ate, where they lived, and what they believed in. You can go on a tour of the unique monuments from the mysterious ritual centre of Rathcroghan Mound, to the infamous Oweynagat, (Uaimh na gCat – the Cave of the Cats) entrance to the Irish Otherworld. There’s a café and shop on site too.
Castlerea Railway Museum hosts the largest private collection of rail memorabilia in Ireland including a fully restored A55 Diesel Locomotive. Also on display are bells, lamps, shunting poles, signal equipment, staffs, station boards, etc.
Roscommon Arts Centre is a vibrant, purpose-built arts space presenting professional and community based artists in theatre, dance, music, visual art, comedy and literature, along with a programme of cinema in the auditorium space. They also run workshops and classes for children and adults.