The Shackleton Museum

Currently closed for redevelopment works. Apologies for any inconvenience. 


The fascinating world of polar exploration at The Shackleton Museum, Athy

February 2024 marks 150 years since the birth of Ernest Shackleton in Kilkea, County Kildare, Ireland – close to the Shackleton Museum. Click here to see his birthday card!

The museum is closed at the moment for significant redevelopment into a world class centre focussed on Ernest Shackleton and his legacy. The new Shackleton Museum is scheduled to open in June 2025. Meanwhile, check back for events, including the world renowned Shackleton Autumn School (dates for the 2024 Autumn School 8th – 10th November…see here)

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Learn about Sir Ernest Shackleton

The Shackleton Museum has a permanent exhibition devoted to the polar explorer Ernest Shackleton.

Step into Athy’s past

Explore the ancient, medieval and post-16th century lives and achievements of the people of the town of Athy and its hinterland.

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Currently closed for redevelopment works. Apologies for any inconvenience.