Tara’s Palace

A magical world of miniature

Tara’s Palace, Museum of Childhood is a small registered charity dedicated to helping the children of Ireland. The centre piece of the Museum is Tara’s Palace, one of the greatest doll’s palaces in the world which is displayed together with a collection of historic doll’s houses, toys and childhood memorabilia.

Tara’s 22 room Palace has been meticulously constructed by some of Ireland’s finest craftsmen and has taken over two decades to complete. Designed and built to one-twelfth scale, it encapsulates the grandeur and elegance of Ireland’s three great 18th Century Mansions; Castletown House, Leinster House and Carton House. Paintings by leading Irish Artists, including Tom Ryan R.H.A. and miniature furnishing masterpieces by Fed Early, Paul Geoghegan, Michael Walton, John Hodgson and others adorn the State Rooms and private apartments. The magificent Cantilever staircase is by Christopher O’Neill & Sons, while rare examples of glass, porcelain, silver and ivory in miniature have been collected from around the world.

The Palace is the centre piece and is augmented and supported by a collection of historic doll’s houses including “Portabello,” circa 1700, possibly the earliest surviving doll’s house in Ireland or the U.K which was collected by Vivien Greene. The museum has also acquired a doll’s house from the family of Lady Wilde (Oscar’s Mother), a very rare and small 18th century doll’s house for use in a carriage to amuse children when travelling and others in various styles and periods.

Place Categories: Entrance Fee, Food Available and Indoor

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