Donegal County Museum

Donegal County Museum

Donegal County Museum – The Museum is based in an old stone building, which was once part of the Letterkenny Workhouse opened in 1845. It is now a protected building. The exhibition in the first floor gallery tells the story of Donegal from the Stone Age to the Twentieth century. In the ground floor gallery the museum hold a series of temporary exhibitions, lectures, seminars and workshops throughout the year, which cover a wide range of topics.

t: +353 74 91 24613
High Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Archaeological Survey of Donegal

The Museum is also the home of the Archaeological Survey of Donegal. The survey contains the field notes, maps, plans and slides of the sites and monuments listed in the archaeological survey that was published in 1983. Members of the public can consult the files by appointment. Donegal County Museum is a Designated Museum, which means the Museum is legally entitled to retain objects on behalf of the State.

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North West Film

The North West Film Archive is available for viewing at the County Museum. The Archive is a unique digital collection of archival material from the counties of Donegal and Derry. It contains over 90 hours of documentaries, newsreels, television news and drama from the BBC, UTV, RTE and Channel 4, and short films, animation and home movies – some dating back over 50 years.

The role of Donegal County Museum is to collect, record, preserve, communicate and display for the use and enjoyment of the widest community possible, the material evidence and associated information of the history of Donegal.


Donegal County Museum is located at High Road, Letterkenny

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Preserving and celebrating the collective memory of the county

Donegal County Museum preserves and celebrates the collective memory of the county and its communities, through the preservation, display and interpretation of artefacts. It aims to make the community live through the objects. It aims to be a dynamic, social, cultural institution which serves all of its communities – adult, child, unwaged, elderly, disabled, as well as people of all creeds and opinions, and to have an overt sense of purpose which will encourage all to learn and to understand the past through museum objects.In order to achieve these aims the Museum contains two exhibition galleries, a workshop, a storage area and offices.

The Museum develops and cares for a comprehensive collection of original artefacts relating to the history of County Donegal in the areas of Archaeology, Geology, Natural History, Social and Political History and Folk Life.

The Museum has a workshop and storage facility where artefacts are preserved and stored under the appropriate environmental conditions.


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