Larne Museum and Arts Centre

The renovation of the former Carnegie Library, which originally opened its doors to the public in 1906, has been given a new lease of life thanks to the completion of its lively community museum, and is very much at the centre of cultural life in the Borough of Larne.

This historic building, beautifully restored and renovated, with many of its original features remaining intact houses Larne Museum with its modern and attractive displays, reflecting the distinctive history and heritage of the area. The building is also home to Larne Drama Circle, Larne Art Club and the Larne and District Historical Society.

The port of Larne is the principal gateway into Northern Ireland and the strong maritime links of this east Antrim coastal community are portrayed through a variety of exhibits relating to the first roll-on, roll-off ferries, the Royal Navy and the Princess Victoria disaster. Larne’s rural hinterland, which includes two of the nine glens of Antrim, is well represented in the museum’s folk life display.

The War and Conflict section of the museum hosts objects from the Home Rule Crisis, Larne Gun Running and the First and Second World War are revealed by a wealth of objects in the ‘War and Conflict’ section of the Museum. Visitors can access accounts and memories of local people through oral history listening posts and can browse through photographs in a digital community archive.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Mon - Sat 10.00-16.30

Closed: Sun

Admission charges


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Kids' Art and History Club

Attendees to the Kids' Art and History Club have fun using things from the museum to inspire their artwork. Sessions run for eight weeks, 13.30 to 15.30 each Saturday and are suitable for children aged 7-11 years. All materials are provided and refreshments are also included.

How to obtain

Places are limited and must be pre-booked. The fee for each two hour session is £10 which is payable in advance with reduced rates for two or more siblings. To book and for further details, please email

Larne Museum and Arts Centre
2 Victoria Road
Co. Antrim
BT40 1RN
Northern Ireland



Arts & Heritage Officer


Arts & Heritage Officer

028 2827 9482

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