Malcolm Noonan of Kilkenny to open new Irish Time Museum in Waterford
Kilkenny Minister of State Malcolm Noonan will do the honors at the official opening of the brand new Irish Museum of Time in Waterford.
The Irish Museum of Time in the Gothic-style church of Greyfriars is an ideal home for what is arguably the finest collection of Irish watches in the world. It showcases the oldest Irish-made grandfather’s clocks, table clocks and watches in the world and celebrates the incredible skills of virtuoso craftsmen who, since the 17th century, have created timepieces of beauty and character. remarkable technological genius.
The Waterford Museums Collection has now reopened to the public and a brand new tour is available to offer visitors the ‘freedom of Waterford’. Visitors can now enjoy a guided walking tour experience with one of Waterford Treasures’ expert guides, enjoying Waterford’s 1,000-year history, all within 1,000 steps.
After the walking tour, the Waterford Freedom Tour ticket allows each visitor to dive deep into their favorite era of Irish heritage with full access to the Medieval Museum, Episcopal Palace and the all-new Irish Museum of Time ( officially open and accessible on June 14) and the Irish Silver Museum (officially open on June 24 and currently accessible).
At the Medieval Museum, museum visitors can step back into 13th and 15th century Waterford and explore the underground atmosphere of the Choir Hall and 15th Century Wine Cellar. A highlight of the exhibit includes medieval clothing in gold cloth and the 1373 Great Charter Roll of Waterford – seen by Queen Elizabeth II during her 2011 visit to Ireland.
The Episcopal Palace Museum is an authentic 18th century Georgian grand residence built in 1743, which also houses the oldest piece of Waterford crystal in the world. A spectacular 4D history of glassmaking is included in the ticket.
The two new museums have only been completed in recent weeks and although they are currently open from pre-views, both are expected to be officially open to the public in early June.
“We are delighted to welcome visitors back to our museums and are very happy to unveil the two new experiences, a fascinating Museum of Time which houses the largest collection of timepieces in Ireland and a showcase for scientific development and technology and at the Irish Silver Museum, we have the grandeur of Ireland’s past, from exquisite coffee collections to rare and antique coins, ”says museum director Eamonn McNeaney.
The Irish Silver Museum offers a journey through Irish history using beautiful, intimate and personal artifacts as a guide to Ireland’s fascinating history and ostentatious past.
Freedom of Waterford tickets cost € 15 and are available from Waterford Treasures, The Mall, Waterford and can be pre-booked online at www.WaterfordTreasures.com