Tara’s Palace Museum of Childhood
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Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, Wicklow,
Ms Nicola O’Connor
Tara’s Palace Museum of Childhood is a registered charity located in Powerscourt House, near Enniskerry County Wicklow. It captures in miniature, the splendour and elegance of the interior that Powerscourt House once had.
Tara’s Palace, in Powerscourt House, near Enniskerry County Wicklow, took over 20 years to build and furnish. It contains 22 stunning rooms, each furnished with exquisite miniature furniture, many of them priceless antiques. Among the fascinating furniture is a collection of carvings made by Napoleonic prisoners of war, carved from bone pieces they kept from their scarce rations. Tara’s Palace raises money for children’s charities.
The Museum is located on the 1st Floor in Powerscourt House, with stunning views overlooking the gardens. In addition to Tara’s Palace, the Museum of Childhood contains hundreds of fascinating exhibits, including the amazing house in a bottle, the smallest doll in the world, and a 300 year old doll’s house. A visit to the Museum of Childhood is a must for any visitor to Dublin and surrounding counties. It is perfect for all ages, from 5 to 105. Senior citizens love to reminisce about bygone days, while younger visitors marvel at the toys their grandparents, and great grandparents played with. There is also a Museum Quiz, which is popular with all visitors. Parking is available adjacent to Powerscourt House.
The Museum can be accessed by stairs or lift. Avoca run a restaurant with seating indoors or outdoors on the Garden Terrace.
Tara’s Palace Museum of Childhood is open year round, except 25th and 26th December. The museum is a registered children’s charity known as The Tara’s Palace Trust. In the last three years The Tara’s Palace Trust has donated over €50,000 to Irish children's charities.