Armagh County Museum

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Armagh County Museum is located on the Mall, an area of urban parkland in the centre of the city. The unique character of the Museum's architecture makes it one of the most distinctive buildings in Armagh, similar in appearance to a little Greek temple. The oldest County Museum in Ireland, its extensive collections are based on specimens gathered by the Armagh Natural History and Philosophical Sociey during the 19th century.

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Opening hours

Open: Mon-Fri 10.00-17.00, Sat 10.00-13.00 and 14.00-17.00

Closed: Sundays; 12th and 13th July; 25 and 26 December; 1 January

Admission charges

Admission free

When Armagh County Museum opened to the public in 1937, it inherited a collection of objects from the Armagh Natural History and Philosophical Society who previously occupied the building. This cabinet of curiosities included material from abroad as well as from neighbouring counties. Through a combination of generous donations and astute purchases the collections have expanded and now focus on material specifically related to County Armagh.

Reflecting the rapid changes in lifestyles, industry and the built environment, the Museum also collects a representative sample of modern material so that future generations can look back at life in county Armagh towards the end of the 20th century.

The collections have been arranged under a number of headings, reflecting the displays.

Military history
Natural History
Transpost & Industry

Collection details

Weapons and War, Social History, Natural Sciences, Land Transport, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology, Agriculture, Architecture, Design, Inland Waterways, Law and Order, Photography, Sport, Trade and Commerce, Industry, Medicine, Literature, Personalities, Religion, Toys and Hobbies

Key artists and exhibits

  • George (AE) Russell
  • John Luke
  • James Sinton Sleator
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Silk Waistcoat, 1830s

A Costume Cavalcade

  • 1 October 2018 — 2 March 2019 *on now

This Museum has a long-established costume and textile collection which contains several outstanding pieces, particularly from the 18th century. This is the first time that many of these fine examples have been on display creating a uniquely colourful Costume Cavalcade.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free Admission

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.
Into the Mystic

Into the Mystic

  • 4 November 2018 7-10:30pm

Step through the museum doors into an after-dark event celebrating the mysticism in Armagh’s hidden histories and the 50th anniversary of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks with Classic Album Sundays.

Join CAS founder Colleen ‘Cosmo' Murphy and journalist Stuart Bailie and experience Astral Weeks in a way you never heard before. They’ll be discussing the stories behind the album followed by a vinyl replay on a world-class audiophile sound system courtesy of Kronos Audio Visual.

Afterwards, grab a drink from the on-site bar and explore the Astral-Weeks inspired mysticism. Listen to tales of Armagh’s hidden past, or try your hand at sketching inspired by mystic artist George William Russell. The museum doors will be open till 10.30pm for this one-off event.

Strictly over-18s.

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Tourism NI, and Department for Communities.

Suitable for

  • 18+




Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Life in Early Times

Learn more about the early archaeology of Ireland during mesolithic and neolithic times by exploring handling boxes full of original artefacts. Discover more about diet, tools and weapons. Pupils work in groups around each box, selecting and identifying objects.
Suitable only for class size 25-30 maximum.
Work sheets usually finished back in class or as part of slightly longer visit.


  • Dr Greer Ramsey

How to obtain

Please telephone to arrange workshop Tel No: 02837 523070 or alternatively submit your request via e-mail:

Life in the Recent Past

By guessing the function of objects used during the second world war, pupils gain an insight into what life was like in Northern Ireland over 60 years ago. The session also examines how older domestic objects worked, contrasting homes in the past with homes today. Themes include washing, cleaning, ironing and food.
Work sheets usually finished back in class or as part of slightly longer visit.


  • Dr Greer Ramsey

How to obtain

Please telephone the Museum to arrange a workshop Tel:02837 523070 or alternatively via e-mail:

The Vikings

Did you know that the Vikings raided Armagh many times? By looking at contemporary written accounts and recent archaeological discoveries, pupils get a balanced picture of the Viking as an invader, raider and trader. The workshop uses slides of archaeological objects and has replica Viking costume for a boy and girl to wear.
No worksheet necessary


  • Dr Greer Ramsey

How to obtain

Please telephone the Museum to arrange a workshop Tel: 02837 523070 or alternatively e-mail:


Aimed specifically at lower primary, this topic examines the concept of old and new toys. It explores basic colours and materials, while examining how ‘moving’ toys work. Examples include china dolls, wooden animals, tin-plate cars and teddy bears.
Work sheet essential.


  • Dr Greer Ramsey

How to obtain

Please telephone the Museum - 02837 523070 to book workshop or alternatively via e-mail -

Victorian Schooldays

Contrast going to school today, with being a pupil over 100 years ago, when the main subjects taught were reading, writing and arithmetic. This workshop uses old photographs and classroom objects to emphasise the differences between schools now and then.
Work sheet essential – chance to practice old style copy writing.


  • Dr Greer Ramsey

How to obtain

Please telephone to arrange a workshop Tel: 02837 523070 or alternatively via e-mail:

Armagh County Museum
The Mall East
Co. Armagh
BT61 9BE
Northern Ireland



Info at Armagh County Museum


02837 523070


02837 522631

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