• NOW OPEN: New Permanent Exibition - Raising the Cross in Down

    The story of the Downpatrick High Cross and its place in the Early Christian tradition of County Down.

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  • NOW OPEN: New Permanent Exhibition - Harvests from Land and Sea

    Exploring the agricultural and maritime heritage of County Down.

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  • NOW OPEN: New Permanent Exhibition - 'At Present Confined': Life in the Old Gaol of Down

    Uncovering the history of the County Gaol of Down, 1796-1830.

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  • NOW OPEN: Cathedral View Tearoom

    Serving great coffee and delicious homemade food with stunning views of Down Cathedral.

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Down County Museum - Open and free


Welcome to Down County Museum, where the rich heritage of County Down is brought to life in fascinating exhibitions, lively events, hands-on activities and award winning education programmes. Visitors can explore the history of the old Gaol, enjoy our permanent exhibitions and see one of our special, temporary exhibitions displaying objects from our varied collections.

The Museum's extension, containing three new permanent galleries and a brand new tearoom is now open. Make sure to pay us a visit and take a look around!

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Opening hours

Monday to Friday
Saturdays and Sundays

10.00 am - 5.00 pm
1.00 pm - 5.00 pm

Admission free

There is however a charge for some special events and for guided tours.
New for 2016! We have recently launched new tours for groups starting at just £5 per person. Click here for more information.

Visiting Down County Museum

Contact details

The Mall,
Downpatrick,
County Down,
BT30 6AH

Telephone: +44 (0) 28 4461 5218
Fax: +44 (0) 28 4461 5590
Email: mail@downcountymuseum.com

Click the icons below to view our January - April 2016 events programme and our new leaflet.

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