Glenview Folk Museum is owned and ran by the Kennedy Family. The Museum was set up in the year 2000 as it was identified that Ireland was losing its heritage and true identity. The Kennedys recognised the importance of preserving the past for the future.Though the collection started humbly with just mainly agricultural machinery, the collection built quickly to become the popular tourist attraction that it is today.
Brian Kennedy has had a keen interest in collecting old artifacts ever since he converted an old outbuilding into a traditional thatched Irish cottage, some years ago.
The Museum has gradually developed into a noted attraction of the North West of Ireland.
It has been publicised on both national and international media (radio and television), coming to prominence with coverage on SKY TV.
The Kennedys have been honored with welcoming to their Museum names such as Brian Dobson (RTE), Ken Loach (Director of Jimmys Hall and The Wind That Shakes The Barley), and most recently the Canadian Ambassador Loyola Hearn and his lovely wife Maureen.
Ambassador Hearns visit coincided with the completion of a new fully wheelchair accessible extension to the Museum. This extension comprises of a new airy reception area, a new transport section, an enclosed area dedicated to farm machinery (and related artefacts), along with fully wheelchair friendly toilet facilities.
Alongside the Museum, the Kennedys can cater for refreshments in their fully licensed bar and restaurant. Specially tailored packages and group discounts are available upon request.