Check out the exhibitions at North Down Museum

1 January 2020 - 24 May 2020

Due to Coronavirus 19 - Wed 22 April 2020 Update:

Ards and North Down Borough Council has made the difficult decision to cancel all Council events until 31 August 2020 in line with Government and Public Health Agency advice. Existing permissions granted to external organisations to hold events on Council land have also been suspended until the end of August - a decision that will be reviewed in May.



Until Sunday 29 March
Commercial and Industrial Heritage

This National Lottery Heritage Funded exhibition brings together eight Historical Societies from across the borough. The exhibition explores commercial and industrial business’s such as ice cream, textiles, fishmongers, cotton mills and factories like Blaxnit Socks in Newtownards. Some are long gone but others are still with us.

Tuesday 31 March - Sunday 26 April
Cabinet of Curiosities

This exhibition is designed by a group of history students at Queen’s, University, Belfast. Working together, they have selected objects from the museum’s store and found out about their history and significance. They sought inspiration from the concept of the ‘cabinet of curiosities’. This term was first used in the sixteenth century to describe private collections of often unrelated and ‘curious’ objects that were displayed privately to one’s friends.

Tuesday 28 April - Sunday 24 May
VE Day

This exhibition developed by the Somme Museum explores the end of the Second World War and the lead up to Victory in Europe (VE) Day.  Told through the stories of veterans, the theme of liberation runs through its narrative from the turning point of D-Day through to VE Day, then Victory in Japan (VJ) Day to the aftermath of the war.


Until Sunday 22 March
Our Borough's Rich Maritime Heritage

As part of Council’s PEACE IV: Connecting Communities programme, North Down Museum is pleased to exhibit the Maritime Heritage programme. This exciting programme enabled communities across seven villages along the Peninsula to develop and tell their maritime heritage story according to the people who live there and produce a high quality local maritime heritage exhibition. These exhibitions showcase a range of online and hard copy exhibition material which can be displayed as a collective or individually each detailing a key theme of each local area. From the Georgetown Victory to the Eagle Wing, Donaghadee harbour from the 1820’s to the Skulmartin Lightship, the rich maritime heritage of the Peninsula is celebrated.

A project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

Wednesday 25 March - Sunday 26 April
My Generation

This exhibition of hand crafts by North Down Wee Yarners will allow some of our more vintage visitors to take a step into the familiar and give our younger viewers cause to wish they had been born several decades earlier. The pieces on display are an accumulation of hundreds of hours of work, everyone an act of love.

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1 January 2020 - 24 May 2020

Opening Times

  • Tues - Sat 10am-4.30pm
  • Sun 12noon-4.30pm
  • Closed on Mondays, except July, August and Bank Holidays


  • Free

Contact Details

  • Address Town Hall Castle Park Avenue Bangor Co. Down BT20 4BT
  • Telephone 028 9127 1200
  • Email North Down Museum
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