Police Museum

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The police museum was set up in the 1980's to explain and illustrate Northern Ireland's unique and often contentious policing history. Our collection includes police uniforms, equipment, medals and archives from the early 1800's to the present day and also weapons used against the police over the years.

The police museum is located in a former sergeant's married quarters at Police Headquarters, Brooklyn. The museum has displays of police uniforms and equipment, medals and archives as well as displays of terrorist weapons used against police over the years. To add a personal touch, visitors are personally shown round by the Curator, which takes about 40 minutes.

We also have a reference library and archive which allows visitors to find information on ancestors who served in the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and early Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC). Academic researchers are welcome to use the museum's archive of police records from the 1840's onwards. Museum staff are also able to provide some genealogy information from service records.

The museum is also the base for the RUC GC Historical Society which promotes and encourages research into police history in general. The society holds monthly meetings from October to April in the Northern Ireland Police College on subjets of interest and produces a regular museum magazine with articles and features on police history.

Venue Type:

Archive, Museum

Opening hours

Mon - Fri 10.00-16.30
We recommend that you pre-arrange your visit to avoid disappointment.

Closed: Sat, Sun

Additional info

We welcome groups of up to 20 and can also arrange evening visits. If you are unable to visit the museum, our staff are happy to give talks and presentations to outside groups or take museum displays out to events.

Collection details

Archives, Weapons and War, Costume and Textiles, Personalities, Social History, Land Transport

Police Museum
Police Service of Northern Ireland Headquarters
Knock Road
Co. Antrim
Northern Ireland






0845 600 8000 ext. 22499


01232 700124

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