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25/09/2021

Tipperary museum part of national weekend of events to attract visitors back

Tipperary museum part of national weekend of events to attract visitors back

Tipperary Museum of Hidden History in Clonmel is taking part in the Museums Now initiative

A special programme of museum events will take place in Tipperary and across the country over the weekend of September 11 and 12 to encourage visitors to return to them. 

The initiative — titled Museums Now — is being brought to the public by the Irish Museums Association and the NI Museums Council, which jointly represent more than 150 museums and collection-based organisations across the island of Ireland.

It is funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media's Cooperation with NI Funding Scheme.

Having been closed to visitors for many months, many of Ireland’s museums have once again opened their doors to the public, and are offering a range of exciting and safe experiences from free entry to special free-flow tours exploring ‘hidden histories’.

Tipperary Museum of Hidden History is participating in the Museums Now initiative, and will offer visitors a chance to immerse themselves in stories of castles and conquests, courage, superstition, murder and death in the multi-sensory experience, with free admission.

Commenting on the initiative, chairperson of the Irish Museums Association and Head of Collections and Learning at the National Museum of Ireland, Dr Audrey Whitty said;

“Our museums are important community spaces, where people of all generations and interests can come together in person to reflect, learn and have fun.

"We are excited to be welcoming people back through our doors, to rediscover the collections and see first-hand the work our museums have been carrying out during closure to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit; from new temporary exhibitions and offerings, to putting in place measures to protect our visitors. 

"With almost 250 museums across the island, specialising in everything from art to zoology, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and we’d encourage you to make it a Museums Now weekend.”

Also commenting, Siobhan Stevenson, Director of the Northern Ireland Museums Council, said, “I’m delighted to be inviting the public back into museums across the island of Ireland on the 11th and 12th of September to celebrate the reopening of these special spaces. With their unique collections and engaging events, museums can provide inspiration, hope and entertainment, as well as opportunities for interaction and connection, which should be welcome relief for everyone in the aftermath of the challenging eighteen months that have gone by. The Museums Now weekend will coincide with the European Heritage Open Days 2021, Northern Ireland’s celebration of local history, culture and architecture, making it an extra-special time to revisit your local museum.”

For updates to the programme of events and to find out what museums in the Tipperary area are open over the Museums Now weekend, see the online interactive map at www.irishmuseums.org/ MuseumsNow. 

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