The Shackleton Museum
Soon to be housed in a stunningly restored 300 year old building, THE SHACKLETON is destined to become one of the world’s great polar museums, and the only one dedicated to the greatest explorer of them all, Ernest Shackleton. Located in the heritage town of Athy, Co Kildare, THE SHACKLETON is less than an hour from Dublin and served by fast commuter trains from Dublin’s largest railway hub Heuston Station.
The story of Shackleton’s epic adventures are brought vividly to life using the latest technology combined with the Museum’s unsurpassed artefact collections gathered and curated for over 100 years. Follow in the footsteps of Ireland’s legendary polar explorers as we trace their extraordinary journeys to the edge of the known world.
Experience real footage of Shackleton’s Antarctic journeys in the unique atmosphere of our early 20th century movie theatre. Join the crew of the Endurance in an astounding escape from their ice-bound ship, a journey that would take them almost a year, with no man left behind. Try your hand at life in the Antarctic and see have you got what it takes to follow ‘the Boss’ to a frozen hell and back!
Finally, take a quiet moment to pay your respects to the great explorer himself with a visit to the actual cabin where he met his death on what was to be one last great expedition to the South Pole.
THE SHACKLETON will be an experience like no other. It is our tribute to the world’s greatest polar explorer.
This is the vision developed by Mirador Media in a project consisting of the audience and market research, research of themes, development of an interpretative plan and outline design (in consultation with Reddy Architect), pricing of all interpretative elements and development of financial operating projections identifying a number of funding and operation options. The detailed design phase is expected to take place in the first half of 2020 while completion of the museum is planned for 2022.