The Museum examines Ireland's role in the World War I - an intriguing and moving visitor experience
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The Somme Museum is part of the Columban Way, a heritage trail between Comber and Bangor covering 20 miles (32 km). A trail to experience the area’s rich and diverse history, Bronze Age relics, monastic settlements, Viking attacks, industrial heritage and military influences in both the First and Second World Wars, are just some points of interest you will discover along the way. Find out more about the Columban Way Heritage Trail.
The Somme Museum examines Ireland's role in the 1st World War with special reference to the cross-community involvement in the 3 local volunteer Divisions: the 10th and 16th (Irish) Divisions and the 36th (Ulster) Division. It is a fully accredited museum, with an extensive collection from the First World War and Second World War periods including a large oral history archive. It provides exhibitions, displays and information on Ireland’s contribution to the First World War, in particular the Battle of the Somme.
Guided tours bring the visitor back in time to 1910 where they learn about the Home Rule Crisis, recruiting and training of men and life in the trenches.
The Battle of the Somme in 1916 is recreated in an exciting audio-visual presentation.
Visitors walk through the reconstructed front-line trenches, look across ‘no man’s land’ with the troops, surrounded by the noise of the artillery barrage.
View military displays from both the first and second world wars.
Open to the public.
Fully accredited museum with membership of the NI Museum Council.
Wheelchair access. Conference facilities and lecture theatre available for hire.
. Hearing Loop available.
* Please note: Last tour is one hour before closing.
Booking for groups essential. Disabled access – parking, toilet and use of wheelchair. Credit/debit cards accepted. (no euros accepted).
In 2015 Somme Museum were awarded a Bronze Award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme.