About the Museum

The Museum was established to celebrate the vibrant socio-historic legacy of the area. It houses material and audio-visual programmes that chronicle the ancient, medieval and post 16th century lives and achievements of the people of the town and its hinterland.

The Museum also houses material on the Great War and its effects on Athy; the industrial and social effects of the canal in Athy life; information on the Gordon-Bennett race, which is celebrated annually in the town, and a wide range of seasonal exhibitions which reflect life past and present in this vibrant community.

The museum is also home a permanent exhibition devoted to Ernest Shackleton.

Step into Athy’s past

The Shackleton Museum protects and preserves the cultural and historical heritage of Athy and its historical hinterland by collecting, interpreting and exhibiting documents and artefacts of cultural and historical interest relevant to the area and in particular to the people of Athy and District and to our visitors.

Explore the ancient, medieval and post-16th century lives and achievements of the people of the town of Athy and its hinterland. Click on the images below to learn more.

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Currently closed for redevelopment works. Apologies for any inconvenience.


Want to learn about your Athy ancestry? We have access to a number of records that we can search and obtain on your behalf.