The County Museum, Dundalk opened in 1994 and is located in a beautifully restored late 18th centure distillery, subsequently a bonded warehouse for Carroll's Tobacco Group before they presented Dundalk Urban District Council with the warehouse on condition that it was used for the purposes of an interpretative Centre. It boasts a variety of awards including two Gulbenkian Museum of the Year Awards (1995 and 1999) as well as several awards for the quality of its exhibition: Gold Award For the Best Commissioned Display (1995) and Interpret Ireland Award (2000).
The strength of the Museum nonetheless resides in its collection. Chronicling the historical development of County Louth from the Stone Age up to the present, the Museum, through a combination of artefacts and computer interactives, presents this story over three galleries of permanent exhibition. These exhibits include the replica of the fabled Mell flake, a piece of flint made by human hands and transported here in gravel via an ice sheet, it is the earliest artefact to have been found in Ireland. Other exhibits include examples of rock art, as well as gun money and Oliver Cromwell's shaving mirror.
It also offers an extensive education and community engagement programme, holding drama presentations, music recitals, lecture and film.
Carroll Centre, Roden Place , Jocelyn Street, Dundalk, Co.Louth