Athy Heritage Centre-Museum

  • Famine/Rebellion Room
  • Religious Diversity Room
  • Shackleton Exhibition
  • World War 1 Exhibition


Athy is a designated HERITAGE TOWN OF IRELAND and the Athy Heritage Centre-Museum focuses on the history of Athy and the surrounding area.


Now opened at Weekends also -
   Sat and Sunday 12 -4 p.m.


EXTENDED  ‘By Endurance We Conquer: Shackleton and his Men’ Exhibition
Athy Heritage Centre Museum is commemorating the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition’s centenary with a new exhibition, ‘By Endurance We Conquer: Shackleton and his Men.’ This exhibition given by the Scott Polar Institute, Cambridge first time in Ireland extended till the end of March 2017. The exhibition draws on original material and images from the Scott Polar Research Institute’s collection and currently has objects from private collections on display.                                                 Kindly sponsored by Into Kildare 
Opening Mon-Fri and on weekends by request.

Christmas closing 22nd -6th Jan 2017

Annual General Meeting

Athy Heritage Centre Museum, Annual General Meeting takes place Tuesday 13th December 2016 at 5.30pm in Athy Municipal District Committee Offices, Rathstewart, Athy, County Kildare. 

Christmas Hamper Raffle 2016 Winners

1st Prize - Brianne Heydon

2nd Prize -  Bob Jay

3rd Prize - Frank O'Brien



 Athy Heritage Centre on Irish TV

Kildare Matters dedicated a full programme to the Shackleton Autumn School, the Museum and the Endurance performance.
Click here to visit the video page

Ms Honor McCullough was featured on Irish TV, talking about Arrol Johnson, see link below

View Kildare Matters 36 on Irish TV

Shackleton's Endurance

The retelling of the 'Endurance' story through music and words is an unique and innovative commemorative piece.

Buy the CD online now.



This project acknowledges the support of KELT and the LEADER Plus programme which is funded by the Irish Government and part-financed by the European Union under the National Development Plan, 2000 – 2006.