The Museum Mission Statement
To protect and preserve 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
Book Your Visit
Booking is required in order to visit the Shackleton Museum and Athy Heritage Centre. Ready to book your visit? Please email or call to book your visit:
Visiting as a group? We offer a number of museum tours and the local area discovery walks. These include tours for school groups, team building experiences and walking packages with the option of food and accommodation.
How to Contact Us
How to Get There
Open Monday to Friday, 10am- 5pm
And on weekends at request.
The Museum is located in the heart of the town with many amenities at your feet.
Parking is available in front and behind the museum and is a pay by meter system. Coach parking is also available.
Museum is within two-minute walk from town central bus stop
Museum is within a five-minute walk from the Athy Train Station
Cafe & Restaurant:
Various cafe’s & restaurant’s available just on our doorstep.
Picnic area available with scenic views by the river Barrow.
Why not take a selfie with Sir Ernest Shackleton himself, our very own Lifesize statue of the great Antarctic explorer is available for a picture-perfect opportunity!