history museums in County Down
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County Down Museums & Galleries

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





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 Down Museums and Galleries

 
blank tabTHE SAINT PATRICK CENTREMuseums & Galleries
53a Market Street, Downpatrick, County Down, BT30 6LZ
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The Saint Patrick Centre is situated in the heart of Lecale, St. Patrick's Country and nearby are St. Patrick's grave and the site of the first church he established in Ireland, Saul. The Centre has the only permanent exhibition dedicated to telling the story of Patrick's life and journey. The highlight of a visit is the IMAX presentation, which takes the audience on a virtual tour around Ireland showing sites connected to St. Patrick and Early Christianity. A visit is not complete without a visit to the gift shop which sells quality local jewellery, pottery and crafts. The Centre also has a café and exhibition space. The St. Patrick Centre runs an education programme with an emphasis on community relations work.
Tel: 028 4461 9000
E-mail: education@saintpatrickcentre.com
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blank tabSOMME HERITAGE CENTREMuseums & Galleries
233 Bangor Road, Newtownards, County Down, BT23 7PH


The Somme Heritage Centre is The Somme Association's flagship project. It is based adjacent to the Clandeboye Estate just outside Newtownards, the Centre is a unique visitor attraction of international significance showing the awful reality of the Great War, and its effects on the Irish Community. The centre commemorates the involvement of the 36th (Ulster) and 16th (Irish) Divisions in the Battle of the Somme, the 10th (Irish) Division in Gallipoli, Salonika and Palestine and provides displays and information on the entire Irish contribution to the First World War. The centre promotes contact throughout our different communities and you can find out information on many of the major battles of the First World War such as the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Messines.
Tel: 028 9182 3202
E-mail: sommeassociation@btconnect.com
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blank tabDOWN COUNTY MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
The Mall, Downpatrick, County Down, BT30 6AH
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UNLOCK THE PAST AT DOWN COUNTY MUSEUM...Visit this unique museum in the restored County Gaol of Down; featuring restored gaol and cells, exhibitions on the history of County Down, children's hands-on activities, site audio tours, Cathedral View tea-room and shop, special events throughout the year, and educational programmes.

A brand NEW extension featuring the Downpatrick High Cross, farming and maritime heritage, and the story of the gaol opens 15th.September!

Museum open 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 1pm to 5pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission Free.
Tel: 028 4461 5218    Fax: 028 4461 5590
E-mail: museum@downdc.gov.uk
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Ulster Folk And Transport Museum

Cultra Holywood, Country Down, BT18 0EU
Tel: 028 9042 8428 / 9039 5100    Fax: 028 9042 8728
E-mail: info@nmni.com

The museum illustrates the way of life, and traditions of the people of Northern Ireland. Voted Irish Museum of the Year.
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