Buy the gift of an experience  this Christmas with a full weekend ticket to the 20th Ernest Shackleton Autumn School.

Athy Heritage Centre Museum- Shackleton Museum presents the 20th Annual Shackleton Autumn School, an action-packed weekend. ‘The Polar Event Of The Year’, provides a forum for discussion and debate on polar exploration and the presentation of artistic works relevant to Polar Exploration.

The event of the year that commemorates the South Kildare Polar explorer in the county of his birth, with a series of lectures, film, drama, annual dinner, exhibition, book launch and tour.

Tickets available from Eventbrite

“Quest – Shackleton’s Last Expedition”

The exhibition focuses on Sir Ernest

Shackleton’s final expedition to the Antarctic.

The exhibition is complemented by artefacts

from the Museum’s own and private collections .

Running until 28th April 2019



    Annual Christmas Hamper Raffle

    December 4, 2019

    Book Launch

    November 27, 2019

    You are Invited to the launch of “Eye on Athy’s Past” Vol 4 by Frank Taaffe on Tuesdsay 3rd December at 8pm in Athy Heritage Centre Shackleton Museum.


    September 3, 2019

    PDF of Programme Friday 25th October ‘A Master Class with a Master Sculptor’ Athy Heritage Centre – Museum 11.00am Sculptor Mark Richards who created Athy’s acclaimed Shackleton statue will conduct a workshop with Leaving Certificate Art students from Athy Community College and Ardscoil Na Trionóide. Official Opening & Exhibition Launch 7.30pm Opening & Exhibition Launch […]

    Harry McNish Diaries

    December 19, 2019

    An interesting article pertaining to Harry McNish diaries.

    Visit to the Andree Polar Museum in Grenna Sweden

    December 19, 2019

    Article from the Jonkopings-Posten newspaper in Sweden regarding a visit by members of the Shackleton Committee in Athy.  The Andree Polar Museum in Grenna, Sweden is a model for many aspects of the Shackleton Museum redevelopment project in Athy. The Athy delegation was hosted by  Mari Lundberg and Håkan Jorikson from the Grenna Museum, and topics and ideas […]


  • For more information contact the Athy Heritage Centre-Museum at the address or email below.
  • Enquiries: contact Margaret Walsh at: 00353 59 8633075
  • Athy Heritage Centre-Museum, Town Hall, Emily Square, Athy, Co. Kildare.


  • Monday - Friday
  • 10am - 1pm & 2pm - 5pm
  • Sunday
  • 12 noon - 4pm
  • Saturday Opening - June to February
  • 12 noon - 4pm
  • Open out of hours on request
  • For Guided Tours please book in advance


  • Adults €5.00
  • Students/Senior Citizens: €3.00
  • Child €3.00
  • Family Ticket €12.00