history museums in County Antrim
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County Antrim Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in County Antrim...

Museums long ago ceased to be stuffy rooms full of glass cases containing bits of old pottery and fossilised bones. Today even most conventional museums include changing displays but over recent years there has been a growth in industrial and "living" museums. Here you can learn about local heritage, get a feel for how people lived and worked, the hardships they endured...

Galleries listed include not just civic galleries displaying publicly owned artworks, but also privately owned galleries with items for sale.

County Antrim Museums and Galleries

War Memorial Building, 5 Waring Street, Belfast, BT1 2EW

Usually Open: Mon - Thurs; 10am-12.30pm and 2pm-4pm. Friday; 10am-12.30pm & 2pm-3pm. Appointments preferred. Closed on Bank/Public Holidays. Admission £1. Concessions for children, students, Senior Citizens and Service Personnel.
Tel: 028 9023 2086See our website

Causeway School Museum

Environmental Resource Centre, 7 Priestland Road, Bushmills, County Antrim, BT57 8QP
Tel: 028 2073 1777    Fax: 028 2073 2142

Take your desk in a 1920's classroom with inkwells and splodgy pens. Whip "peeries", play with yo-yos, marbles and skipping ropes. Originally a National School, designed by Clough Williams-Ellis of Portmerion fame. Wheelchair access. Open July to August only to general public. 7 days a week 11am - 5pm.

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Flame The Gasworks Museum Of Ireland

44 Irish Quarter West, Carrickfergus, County Antrim, BT38 8AT
Tel: 028 9336 9575

The site contains the only surviving coal-gas manufacturing plant in Ireland along with other features of production and a collection of domestic appliances. Gas was produced here from 1855 until 1987.

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Larne Museum

Carnegie Arts Centre, 2 Victoria Road, Larne, County Antrim, BT40 1RN
Tel: 028 2827 9482

Local historical centre with mixed local history collections. Exhibits include a country kitchen from the early 1900's, blacksmiths forge, agricultural equipment, photographs and newspapers. Wheelchair access. Group and out of hours visits by arrangement. Closed public hols.

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Ormeau Baths Gallery

18a Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, County Antrim, BT2 8HS
Tel: 028 9032 1402

Ormeau Baths Gallery, opened in June 1995, and is the most significant independent centre for the visual arts in Northern Ireland. There are four main galleries with a total exhibition space of 10,000 square feet. Located on the site of a Victorian Bath House, originally opened to the public in 1988, its conversion to an art galley once again restored the venue to the public realm. Free entrance. Coffee Bar. Postcards and periodicals for sale.

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The Braid Museum and Arts Centre

1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena, BT43 5EJ     Tel: 028 25657161

Please telephone for further details.

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The Engine Room Gallery

The Portview Trade Centre, 310 Newtownards Rd, Belfast, County Antrim, BT4 1HE
Tel: 028 9045 5184

The Gallery's main focus is to promote contemporary art within East Belfast and to bring the works of local artists to a wider audience.

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The Royal Irish Regiment Museum

St. Patrick's Barracks, Demesne Avenue, Ballymena, County Antrim, BT43 7BH
Tel: 028 2566 1355

The museum traces the history of our antecedent Regiments - The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, The Royal Ulster Rifles, The Royal Irish Fusiliers, The Royal Irish Rangers, and The Ulster Defence Regiment. The special exhibits in this modern museum interpret the history from the raising of the INNISKILLINGS in 1689, through the various campaigns and wars up to the present day. The small shop has a large range of present and antecedent Regimental items - badges. hackles. Postcards - ideal presentation gifts such as ice buckets, prints and ties, and for the children, pens, pencils and 'Brian Brou' rubbers. No cafe but there are many in the nearby town.

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The Village Gallery

4 Bendooragh Road, Bendooragh, Ballymoney, County Antrim
Tel: 028 2766 5528     E-mail: info@thevillagegallery.co.uk

The Village Gallery contains oils and watercolours by top Irish artists. Also stocked is a wide range of artists' materials and a full framing service is available for paintings, prints, photographs, tapestries, decoupage.

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Ulster Museum

12 Malone Rd, Belfast, County Antrim, BT9 5BN
Tel: 028 9038 3000

The Ulster Museum is currently closed for major redevelopment and will re-open in 2009. Check the website www.ulstermuseum.org.uk for information on the redevelopment, the collections and the Museum's outreach events, and to find out how to contact staff.

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