Steeped in Irish history, the original house at Dartfield was built in 1827 by Henry Blake, a member of one of the historical tribes of Galway. 

Today, the museum buildings were redesigned from the old courtyard on the grounds. The museum was originally set up as a tribute to the Irish horse and the Connemara pony, displaying the important relationship between man and horse, but has since expanded to encompass the Irish dog breeds and veteran cars. 

In addition, on the 350 acres of parkland, visitors are free to explore the walking trails on the land, see the farm animals and take part in the many activities available, which include horse riding, sheep dog demonstrations, archery or clay pigeon shooting.