Museum from Home - The Hunt Museum's Virtual Museum Experience brings Art, Culture and Costumer Design to our Homes


Museum from Home

The Hunt Museum’s Virtual Museum Experience Brings Art, Culture & Costume Design to Our Homes

‘Entwined in the Fabric’ Online ExhibitionVirtual Tour ‘Best Costume goes to...’Family Costume Design ProjectColouring Books Download


10 April 2020:The Hunt Museum, Limerick, which closed on 12th March until further notice as a result of the Coronavirus, has found a great way to engage and entertain the public. From virtual tours to resources for family entertainment at home, the ‘Museum from Home’ section on the Hunt’s website has something for everyone.

The main feature, Entwined in the fabric, is an online compliment to the Best Costume Goes To… a hugely popular exhibition held in the Hunt Museum and co-created with ICAP, which had to close early due to Covid-19.Entwined in the Fabric highlights the role of the costume designer and the different processes and techniques of the costume department, using many of the Irish Costume Archive Project (ICAP) costumes exhibited in ‘Best Costume Goes To…’.

The online exhibit contains rich content that will be of interest to fashion designers and film buffs alike. Vivid images demonstrate the intricate detail of the costumesfrom films and TV shows such as The Favourite, The Quiet Man, Braveheart, Vikings, and more.  The high-quality images are accompanied with background stories and audio clips narrated by Eimer NíMhaoldomhnaigh, costume designer and co-founder of the Irish Costume Archive Project,to give insight into the role of the costume designer and how costume co-creates the character.

Jill Cousins, Director of The Hunt Museum said, “The Best costume Goes To... proved to be a hugely popular exhibit in the 5 short weeks that it had been running. It was due to run until 14th April, so instead of stopping altogether we decided to look to our digital skills.  This online exhibit explores the inventive and varied techniques used by costume designers and makers. From research on the period, to the sourcing of materials and the aging or enhancing of a costume, Entwined in the Fabric, digs a little deeper behind the scenes.”

The website also includes a variety of other activities for people to do from the safety of their own homes:

Virtual Tour: Sit back and be taken into the world of Costume Design and film with this special Virtual Tour as part of the Best Costume Goes To… The virtual tour is presented by a collection of the Hunt Museums’ docents: Noreen Ellerker& Margaret Walsh. 

Family Costume Design: Learn to work as a team of costume designers for fictional characters who lived in historic Limerick during the Viking, Medieval, and Georgian periods. Take inspiration from the Best Costume Goes To… exhibition and selected Hunt Museum objects. Let your imaginations run wild!

Colouring Books:A series of colouring books based on the objects in the museum’s collectionsare available to download to help keep you and your family busy during the next few weeks.

“Our doors may be shut, but we are driven as ever in bringing exciting, cultural and educational content to pass the time during these difficult times. Our website is an extension of our historical building and allows us to engage with people who we might never have engaged with before,” continued Jill Cousins.

For further information see


The Hunt Museum

The Hunt Museum exhibits one of Ireland’s greatest private collections of Art and Antiquities, dating from the Neolithic Period to the 20th century. Generously donated by John and Gertrude Hunt to the people of Ireland, this diverse collection is now housed in Limerick’s 18th Century Palladian style building, formerly The Custom House.


About the Exhibit: ‘Best Costume Goes To...’

‘Best Costume Goes to…’ is an exhibition which explores the relationship between actors, costumes and the growth of the Irish film industry. A joint curation with the Irish Costume Archive Project, the exhibition looks at how costume co-creates the character.  In all, 33 costumes representing 19 films and TV series are on display, some of which have been Oscar nominated. See full list below.


Supported by Leader funding in addition to the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht and Limerick City & County Council.  Sponsors are: Troy Studios, TG4, Design & Crafts Council Ireland, Crescent Shopping Centre, Connolly Man, Arthurs Quay, Andrew Bermingham, David Gower, Michael Malone, Clancy Tax Consultants, Wild Atlantic Pictures, LSAD and the Belltable.



About Irish Costume Archive Project

The Irish Costume Archive Project was founded by Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh and VeerleDehaene. The Irish Costume Archive Project was initiated to collect, preserve and exhibit Ireland’s film and television design heritage and promote the collections by highlighting their importance as part of our national film culture. 

The Costumes:

  1. Olivia Coleman ‘The Favourite’
  2. Emma Watson ‘The Favourite’
  3. Rachel Weisz ‘The Favourite’
  4. Helen Mirren ‘The Queen’
  5. Liam Neeson ‘Michael Collins’
  6. Jonathan Rhys Meyers ‘The Tudors’
  7. Annabelle Wallis ‘The Tudors’
  8. Blake Lively ‘Rhythm Section’
  9. Jude Law ‘Rhythm Section’
  10. Daniel Day Lewis ‘In The Name of theFather’
  11. Cillian Murphy ‘Breakfast on Pluto’
  12. Brendan Gleeson ‘Calvary’
  13. Kelly Reilly ‘Calvary’
  14. Ben Robson‘Vikings’
  15. Katheryn Winnick ‘Vikings’
  16. Katheryn Winnick ‘Vikings
  17. Brie Larson‘Room’
  18. Jason Trimblay ‘Room’
  19. Chloe Sevigny ‘Love and Friendship’
  20. Kate Beckinsale ‘Love and Friendship’
  21. Charlene McKenna ‘Ripper Street’
  22. Blue cardigan ‘Nightflyers’
  23. Beige dress ‘Nightflyers’
  24. Cream jumper ’Nightflyers’
  25. Isabelle Huppert ‘Greta’
  26. Brenda Fricker ‘My Left Foot’
  27. Ruth Mc Cabe ‘My Left Foot’
  28. Fiona Shaw ‘My Left Foot’
  29. Colin Farrell ‘In Bruges’
  30. Bronagh Gallagher ‘The Commitments’
  31. Bronagh Gallagher ‘The Commitments’
  32. John Wayne ‘The Quiet Man’
  33. Mel Gibson ‘Braveheart’