Athy Heritage Centre Shackleton Museum have been advised to close facilities to the public from Thursday 12th March 2020 until Sunday 29th March 2020 as we are a Cultural institution, our aim is to minimise the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.


Please note you can still contact us by phone or email and we will deal with all inquiries


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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 2020

School Tour Offer

“Harry McNish Diaries”

The diary kept by Harry McNish, ship’s carpenter on the Endurance expedition, unearthed in relation to Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-antarctic expedition 1914 -1917.

The diary surfaced at the BBC Antiques Roadshow, during a recording in Belfast in July 2018.

Don’t miss your chance to view this Diary in the museum.

An interesting article pertaining to Harry McNish diaries.



    Just like Shackleton – Create your own Journal or Notebook

    February 26, 2020

    Sat 15th Feb 2020 10.30-4p.m. Using coptic stitch Angelina Foster will guide you to bind your own fabric clothed journal and screen print the Shackleton motto “By Endurance we conquer” in English or Latin “Fortitudine Vincimus” on the front cover. In 1915 Endurance sank in the Antarctic, and so began one of the greatest survival […]

    “Quest – Shackleton’s Last Expedition”

    January 22, 2020

    Running until 28th April 2020 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.

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


  • Monday - Friday
  • 10am - 1pm & 2pm - 5pm
  • Sunday
  • 12 noon - 4pm
  • Saturday Opening - June to January
  • 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