If your enquiry is of a general nature, the team here at Heritage Island will respond to you directly. If it is more appropriate for the attraction(s) to respond to you directly, we will request them to do so.
The Museum is based in an old stone building, which was once part of the Letterkenny Workhouse built in 1845. The exhibition in the first floor gallery tells the story of Donegal from the Stone Age to the 20th Century, and there are a series of temporary exhibitions held throughout the year, which cover a wide range of topics.
The Museum also hosts a programme of talks and events during the year on themes as varied as history, geology, archaeology and flora and fauna. The North West Digital Film Archive and the Donegal Islands Film and Radio Archive are also available to view free of charge.
The Museum is also the home of the Archaeological Survey of Donegal which contains the field notes, maps, plans and slides of the sites and monuments listed in the archaeological survey. Members of the public can consult the files by appointment.
Free activities for families include ‘Donegal Museum Detectives’ Backpack - a fun and educational family backpack containing a variety of specially designed activities which will engage children with the Museum exhibitions.
- Snapshot of the history and culture of County Donegal from the Stone Age to 20th century
- View over 100 hours of film material on the Northwest and Donegal Islands Film Archives
- Temporary exhibitions, talks and events throughout the year
- One of only 12 County Museums in Ireland
- Donegal Museum Detectives Backpack for kids
- Admission is free!
Open Year Round
Monday - Friday 10:00 - 16:30
Saturday 13:00 - 16:30
Closed for lunch daily between 12:30 and 13:00
Closed: Sundays, March 17 & 25, December 24, 25, 26 & 31 and January 1
Last admission: 30 minutes before closing
Approx Visit Duration: 60 minutes
Admission is free
Other Useful Information
Free information guide available in English, French, Spanish, Mandarin, Irish and Polish.
Free car parking available on-site.
The museum is fully wheelchair accessible.
Large groups should book in advance of arrival.
ACCOLADES & AWARDS
- Full Accreditation in the Museums Standards Programme of Ireland 2011
- Designated Museum under the National Cultural Institutions Act 1999
Located in Letterkenny town, a 3.5 hour drive from Dublin or Galway.Donegal County Museum Nearby Attractions
If you have a group enquiry for 10 or more people, you can contact us here.