Award for Down County Museum

Down County Museum has won a prestigious award for its commitment to providing family friendly facilities and activities at the Museum.
The 2018 Northern Ireland Hospitality Awards ceremony took place on 8 October. The awards acknowledge the efforts that hospitality industry professionals invest in ensuring their customers always receive high-quality service and memorable experiences. The awards, developed by Creative Oceanic celebrate the most dedicated and successful hospitality professionals and businesses in Northern Ireland. Venues are nominated by members of the public and are judged on a variety of criteria. The museum was nominated in the Family Venue of the Year category. Two awards were made, the Highly Commended award for the museum and the winner of the category was Carnfunnock Family Fun Zone.
 
The museum aims to provide a stimulating visit for families and visitors of all ages, and regularly puts on family friendly events which include hands-on activities, performances, special events for under 5s and seasonal workshops. In addition, the museum provides hands-on elements in its galleries and displays to encourage active exploration of the collections and local heritage. This year the museum has seen an increase in visitor numbers across all ages groups, particularly among families with young children. It is hoped that the award will highlight the work the museum does to provide a welcoming, safe and stimulating space which encourages learning and interaction in positive and fun ways.
 
The Chairman of Newry. Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Mark Murnin said  ‘I am delighted that the museum has received this award as a leading family venue in Northern Ireland. I congratulate the museum team on its work to provide excellent facilities for local families and visitors from outside the area. I would encourage all families to visit the museum which is a great resource for the Newry, Mourne and Down area. I would also like to thank the Northern Ireland Hospitality Awards for making this award to the museum.’