The exhibition reflects life changes since 1879 but shows the need for a place like Knock in today’s busy world. It explores the use of mortar from the Gable Wall and Knock Holy Water as symbols of healing. The witnesses to the Apparition are given a special focus in the exhibition, as are Judy & Liam Coyne, Monsignor Horan and others who played a major role in the development of Knock.
The Knock Apparition is replicated in an atmosphere of quiet reflection surrounded by the witnesses’ accounts of what they saw on that wet August evening. The reading and reminiscence room is a space where visitors can reflect on this and also access original source material.
Thatched House in museum
August 1879, the time of the Apparition was a restless time in Mayo and this is reflected in land-league exhibits and other historical material. Life in 1879 is also portrayed, from living in the thatched cottage to working in the forge.
The new Audio Guide service, available in seven languages (French, Irish, English, German, Polish, Italian,Spanish) is a new and novel way to tour the exhibition at Knock Museum. As well as catering for individual visitors, the Audio Guides can be made available for tour groups of up to 30 people.
The public reaction to the provision of audio guides for the museum exhibition has been extremely positive and survey feedback illustrates that they improve greatly the visitor experience.
The audio guides are available free of charge at museum reception and are suitable for all ages.
Please click here if you would like to view the Audio Guides in use and click "Knock Museum Audio Guide.