The oldest county museum in Ireland is set in Armagh’s beautiful Georgian tree lined Mall. Located near the centre of St Patrick’s cathedral city, a visit to Armagh County Museum is an ideal way to experience a flavour of the orchard county.
The unique character of the Museum’s architecture makes it one of the most distinctive buildings in the city. Its collections capture centuries of stories relating to the people who lived, worked and had connections with this famous city and historic county.
Discover a rich and varied legacy revealed in objects ranging from prehistoric artefacts to household items from a bygone age. There are military uniforms, wedding dresses, ceramics, natural history specimens and railway memorabilia. An impressive art collection includes works by many well-known Irish artists such as AE Russell, John Luke and JB Vallely.
The Museum staff aim to ensure that all visitors feel welcome and are keen to help with enquiries. There is an extensive reference library, rich in local archive material, along with photographic and map collections. With a range of changing exhibitions throughout the year, the Museum is an ideal place to begin and explore the fair county of Armagh.
The learning workshops are designed to support the NI Curriculum. The sessions take place in the Museum and use the exhibitions and collections.
The topic-based approach supports the following learning areas, The World Around Us, Language and Literacy, The Arts and PDMU.
All workshops involve a range of learning activities which includes a hands-on craft. Little or no previous learning of the topic is necessary and with prior discussion the workshops can be tailored to different ages and abilities.
Workshops range from 90-120 minutes and if a break is required it will lengthen the visit to the Museum.
The Museum offers an opportunity for families to explore the history of County Armagh and enjoy the wide-ranging objects on display in the galleries. The Museum runs family events at Easter, Hallowe’en and Christmas.
All events run from 12 noon – 4pm and include a range of craft activities, trails and talks/storytelling.
Activities are suitable for primary school aged children and their families.
Events are free of charge
Exhibitions and Events
A programme of temporary exhibitions and events is organised throughout the year including the always popular free family craft days at Halloween, Christmas and Easter.
The reference library and archive is in constant demand from genealogists and researchers alike and is regularly used from people of all ages.
So whether you simply want to catch a glimpse of Armagh’s past or study it in depth, Armagh County Museum is an essential ingredient to any visit to Armagh city.