Historical Limerick Taxidermy – Limerick’s natural history is told through a series of stuffed specimens in glass cases.
Eclectic New Exhibition of Historical Limerick Taxidermy Launched at the People’s Museum
The exhibition was curated by Limerick historian William T. O’Neill, who has worked on numerous important Limerick collections and archives in the past. “Get Stuffed” can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday.
A very unusual exhibition launches this week in The People’s Museum of Limerick, at 2 Pery Square. A collaboration with Limerick Museum, “Get Stuffed” showcases a unique historical collection of Limerick taxidermy. Limerick’s natural history – the story of the animals, birds, and fish that inhabited the city and county – is told through a series of stuffed specimens in glass cases.
“It’s quite a gothic exhibition, but one I think that children will love,” commented Dr Rose Anne White, manager at the People’s Museum. “The fact that it occupies our basement mezzanine floor adds to the atmosphere as this is a very hobbit-like low-ceilinged space that is accessed through an old narrow staircase. Between the content of the exhibition itself, and the architecture of the interior space, it makes for quite the experience!”
The exhibition was curated by Limerick historian William T. O’Neill, who has worked on numerous important Limerick collections and archives in the past, including the Johny Brennan rugby collection, and Limerick Council’s centenary celebrations of the First World War and the Rising. “Get Stuffed” can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday. The People’s Museum of Limerick is a project by Limerick Civic Trust.
About the Museum:
The museum, run by Limerick Civic Trust, has become a cornerstone of the city’s heritage and tourism offering since its establishment. Filled with items donated by the people of Limerick, with a regularly-changing schedule of visiting exhibitions.
The enormous size of the building, which is spread over seven floors and includes a large garden, means that physical distancing will not be a problem, added Dr Rose Anne White, the curator at the museum. “We are focused on the safety of everyone who visits or works in the building, and to that end, we are implementing a one-way system, online booking to control numbers and avoid the use of cash, and lots of space around our latest exhibits so that they can be enjoyed by the people of Limerick. Serendipitously, we also happen to house the biggest table in Limerick, should anyone require a venue for a physically-distanced business meeting!”
Speaking on the decision to entitle the museum ‘The People’s Museum of Limerick’, manager and curator of the museum, Dr. Rose Anne White said, “It showcases items that have been donated by the people of Limerick that are about the history of Limerick. The tour guides, carpenters, curators are all from Limerick themselves so you will be shown around by someone who lives right across the road in most cases”.
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