National Science & Ecclesiology Museum

Counties Wicklow & Kildare

Father Nicholas Callan (1799–1864), Professor of Natural Philosophy at St Patrick's College in the mid-19th century, was a pioneer of research into electromagnetism and the inventor of the induction coil. This small museum preserves his original experimental apparatus, along with a large collection of historic scientific instruments and three centuries worth of ecclesiastical objects associated with the college.

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1. St Patrick's College

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Part of NUI Maynooth, and turning out Catholic priests since 1795, St Patrick's College & Seminary is Ireland's second-oldest university (after Trinity…

2. Maynooth Castle

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3. Castletown House

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5. Oughterard Round Tower & Cemetery


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6. Farmleigh

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7. Strawberry Beds

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8. Dunsany Castle

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