Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum

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The Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum houses a major exhibition of the history of Irish Linen, an interactive gallery with hands on participation in linen manufacturing processes; an audio-visual presentation on the lives of workers in a Victorian factory setting and hand loom weavers producing linen on restored 19th century looms. There is a FREE comprehensive education programme which includes the Museum and Lisburn's Castle Gardens. Full details on request.

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Opening hours

Mon-Sat 0930-1700
Last Admission one hour before closing

Closed Sundays and some public holidays. Please contact Reception Desk (028 9266 3377) for specific information on public holiday closures.

Admission charges

Admission free

Additional info

Also housed within the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum is a speciality linen and craft shop.

Lisburn and the surrounding Lagan Valley earned an honoured place in the history of the Irish Linen Industry through association with Louis Crommelin, a notable French Huguenot. He was appointed by William III in 1698 to develop the Irish Linen Industry and established a base at Lisburn with skilled Huguenot craftsmen.

The site of the Centre is particularly apt with Lisburn Museum being housed in the former 18th Century Linen Market House. Lisburn Museum has also been re-established as the local museum for the Lagan Valley, featuring exhibitions on the history of the area, drawing on its extensive artefact, archive and book collections. The acquisition by the Museum of the entire library of the former Linen Industry Research Association is a notable addition to its research facilities.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Music, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Irish Linen
  • Louis Crommelin & Huguenot craftsmen
  • History of Lisburn & the Lagan Valley
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
The Somme, Our Story, Lisburn, 1916

The Somme, Our Story

  • 1 July 2016 — 1 July 2017 *on now

Packed with letters, photographs, original artefacts, documents and archival footage, the exhibition offers up a social history of the Somme, examining the men from Lisburn and district who fought and died in the battle (which lasted from July to November 1916), and how this impacted their families at home.

The Great War (1914-1918) affected all aspects of life in Ireland, and alongside the story of the local 11th and 13th battalions Royal Irish Rifles at the front, and the experience of those back home, the exhibition examines the local medical men and women who nursed the wounded and comforted the dying, and the role Ulster’s wartime industry, particularly its linen factories, had in winning the war.

The exhibition features special displays on:

Lisburn’s ‘Pals’: the story of how Linen men of the 11th battalion, Lisnagarvey Hockey and the town’s Orange lodges went to war together.
A concise overview of the 36th Ulster Division’s attack at the Somme on July 1st 1916
Archival footage of the Battle of the Somme
Nelson Russell, the town’s youngest winner of the Military Cross (M.C.)
The 16th (Irish) Division at the Somme: Ginchy and Guillemont
RAMC, VADS and Nurse: Medical men and women at the front.
The first home front: munitions, aerolinen and how the war in the air was won on ‘Ulster linen wings’

Suitable for

  • Any age


Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum
Market Square
Northern Ireland


Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum
Market Square
Co. Antrim
BT28 1AG
Northern Ireland



General enquiries

Education department



028 92 663377

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