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A two-part attraction in two of Waterford’s most significant buildings

This unique attraction encompasses the entire island of Ireland with an emphasis on Ireland’s Ancient East.

Part I in Greyfriars will explore the science of time and the five thousand year story of how the passage of time was marked and recorded in Ireland and how it shaped and moulded the Irish landscape.

Part II in the Almshouse - When Times Runs Out - explores how the traditions, rituals and superstitions of the Irish Wake shaped and moulded the Irish landscape and the very psyche of the Irish people.

Generous Donation

Enabled by the donation of an extraordinary collection of museum-quality Irish clocks and watches, the new Irish Museum of the Science and Story of Time will explore the story and the science of time for all age groups in two remarkable historic buildings using spectacular state-of-the-art 3D technology.

It’s about time - Exploring time, our most precious gift in Ireland’s oldest city.

Unlike most modern western countries, Ireland does not have a Museum of the Science and Story of Time. It is now appropriate to consider such a museum, uniquely dedicated to the story of timekeeping in Ireland and the wider world - past, present and future.

The Collection

The Irish Museum of the Science and Story of Time can now be realised thanks to an extraordinarily generous gift to Waterford Treasures - Three Museums in the Viking Triangle by Colman Curran and his wife Elizabeth Clooney who have spent thirty years collecting museum-quality Irish time pieces made by clock and watchmakers throughout the island of Ireland. The unique collection consists of some thirty grandfather clocks or long-case clocks, over 30 important bracket and wall clocks, 30 pocket watches and some interesting ephemera - all Irish! The collection represents the evolution of Irish timepieces. It is a window into the technical, scientific, social, economic, and political and the art and craft history of Ireland, particularly in Ireland’s Ancient East from the late 17th to the end of the 19th century.

Our mission is to engage, entertain, educate and inspire.

Generously funded by the Heritage Council