The magical miniature world of Tara’s Palace Museum of Childhood is located on the first floor of Powerscourt House, Enniskerry. The Museum is home to Ireland’s Largest Period Doll House, Tara’s Palace. All profits are donated to Irish Children’s Charities. We go behind the scenes at Tara’s Palace and meet one of their volunteers, Mary Moore:
“I retired two years ago and was looking for something new to be involved with!
I heard about a place called ‘Tara’s Palace Museum of Childhood’ and not knowing quite what was involved I went to investigate. What a hidden treasure! I found the most amazing doll’s house possibly one of the biggest in the world. The craftsmanship of the furniture in it was incredible and it was all done by Irish craftsmen. Miniature Waterford glass pieces, miniature books, food, toys, there was so much to see.
There were many other displays of dolls houses at Tara’s Palace, a collection of Teddy bears, an amazing collection of dinky cars, a house made of shells, a zoo made of buttons, the smallest doll in the world and lots more all in the beautiful surroundings of Powerscourt Estate in Wicklow.
There are about 25 volunteers at Tara’s Palace and each one gives up one afternoon or morning a week.
Both adults and children enjoy a visit to Tara’s Palace. There is a quiz for children which changes every season, for example at Christmas Time, Easter and Halloween. As part of the quiz, children search for things in the palace and try and find Tara who lives there, she tends to move things around a lot!!
there is also an interactive room for children to colour in and a shop from Hamleys that was made in the mid 20th Century that they love to play in.
Throughout the year both the house and the Museum is decorated for Easter, St. Patricks Day, Halloween and Christmas. At the moment, it is snowing in the garden of the Palace and soon spring will arrive.
We have lots of craft days at Tara’s Palace making miniatures such as hats, bead making and collage making.
I enjoy showing this treasure off so much and telling our visitors all about it. We have lots of return visitors throughout the year.
This has been a find for me and pleasure to work in. The great thing is all the profits go to children’s charities in Ireland.
I have met people from all over the world and made some good friends amongst the volunteers.
Come in and see us soon!