Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum

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



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Education department



028 92 663377

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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
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Colourful Reactions

  • 17 March — 27 June 2014 *on now

Due to popularity we are offering our workshops from 17th March to the end of June. This year we are creating COLOURFUL REACTIONS, come and see what reactions your class can make using simple kitchen ingredients. Can you build a volcano and erupt it with vinegar? Can you roll slime into a ball?


Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum
Market Square,
BT28 1AG


Call the museum bookings desk on 028 9266 3377 to book your classes place.

Workshops will run for one hour, there is a workshop booklet of activities to accompany the experiments.

For more information contact our Assistant Education Officer Gillian Topping, who will be happy to talk through the experiments and programme for the day. We can tailor to the needs of your class.