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.

The museum is located in the historic buildings of the eighteenth century County Gaol of Down. In addition to walking through the restored complex complete with cells, visitors can learn more about 9000 years of human history in County Down in the newly launched exhibitions Down Through Time.

Find out more about our collections, exhibitions, events and learning programmes by following the links.

Unlock The Past


Opening hours

The museum is open:
Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm
Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 5pm.


Admission to the museum is free of charge.

There is however a charge for some special events and for guided tours.


Down County Museum, The Mall, Downpatrick, County Down, BT30 6AH.
Telephone: (+44)028 44 615218
Email: mail@downcountymuseum.com