Monaghan County Museum opened its doors to the public in 1974 becoming the first full time professionally staffed local authority museum in the Republic of Ireland. Its mission is to promote the historical richness and cultural diversity of the region and to bring that diversity and richness to as wide an audience as possible. For over forty years the museum staff have worked to promote the cultural diversity and historical richness of the region and to bring that diversity and richness to as wide an audience as possible.
The museum’s extensive collection covers the history of the county from the end of the last Ice Age to the modern day. Its continued commitment to provide a quality service has been rewarded on a number of occasions. In 1980 the museum won the Council of Europe Prize for excellence in community involvement, Monaghan County Museum remains the only Irish museum to have ever won this award. The professionalism of the museum staff has seen this highly respected service receive awards for Best Collections Care in 1993 and again in 2004 under the Irish Museum of the Year Awards.
In 2008 Monaghan County Museum led the way again by becoming the first Local Authority Museum in the country to achieve full accreditation under the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland. This was added to over the following ten years as the museum has been awarded it twice for maintaining and in many cases developing on these standards of professional excellence.
This continuing development of the service has been reflected in the museum’s user numbers, which have climbed year on year. However, the building that the service is currently housed in no longer fits the needs and aspirations of this multi award winning museum.
Monaghan County Museum’s collections numbers over 50,000 objects that reflect the cultural diversity and historical richness of the region. The collection is available through exhibitions, events, workshops, outreach, online and research requests. The museum will be moving to its new home at the Peace Campus in Monaghan Town in late 2023, which will allow us to display a much wider range of our fascinating and unique collections and ensure that we can provide universal access to the stories they tell.