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.
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
News & Events
Down County Museum Reveals Treasures of Medieval Poland. A new exhibition of stunning jewellery from medieval Poland opens from Thursday 13th June 2013. The exhibition provides visitors with the opportunity to see an incredible range of artefacts made to an extremely high level of skill and quality and to learn more about Polish history and culture. The exhibition, a travelling exhibition from the State Archaeological Museum in Warsaw, is at Down County Museum as a result of an ongoing partnership between the two museums since 2007.... ....read more
Now open. All Together Now: Going to School in County Down - This PEACE III funded exhibition has been created by the pupils of Downpatrick Primary School, Our Lady and St Patrick Primary School, Downpatrick and Millisle Primary School with the assistance of teachers, past pupils and past teachers of these schools and others in the locality.... ....read more
Peace III - Down County Museum was recently awarded over £224,000 of PEACE III funding from the European Union’s PEACE III Programme... ....read more
Decade of Commemorations
- Between 1912 and 1922 a decade of important anniversaries will be marked in Ireland. The museum will be doing its bit to encourage greater awareness of this crucial period in our history by organising a number of educational and community events. ....read more