Armagh County Museum

Armagh County Museum We are a community museum telling the story of County Armagh. Admission to the museum is FREE We are FREE and open 6 days a week.
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ARMAGH COUNTY MUSEUM
We are a community museum telling the story of County Armagh. Mon - Sat 10.00am - 4.00pm


Email: [email protected]


DESCRIPTION

Collections:
We are the oldest County Museum in Ireland, officially opened in 1937. The museum holds a broad collection of objects, art and archival material that chronicle the story of the people who have lived and worked i

n County Armagh throughout the centuries. From the mists of prehistory there are archaeological artefacts dating to the Neolithic period over 4,000 years ago but also objects associated with the nearby ancient capital of Ulster, Navan Fort. There are relics of Armagh's medieval past too including the important collection of Viking silver known as the Tynan Hoard. From the more recent past there are displays that range from intricate corn crafts and delicate examples of lace-making to relics from the golden age of rail travel. The museum holds an important art collection with works by many well-known artists including Jonathan Fisher, Thomas Creswick, Richard Livesay, Stephen Slaughter, Martin Cregan, George Russell (AE), William Conor, John Luke, James Humbert Craig, Charles Lamb, James Sleator, Tom Carr, TP Flanagan and JB Vallely. The museum’s costume collection is one of the best in any regional museum in Ireland with examples ranging in date from the early 18th century right up to the present day. County Armagh’s natural history is also on display with many taxidermy specimens of the local wildlife and bird species. 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. LOCATION:
The museum is situated in what was originally a Georgian school-house, alongside Armagh’s famous tree lined Mall. Our address is
Armagh County Museum
The Mall East
Armagh
BT60 9BE


DIRECTIONS
From Belfast - exit the M1 at junction 11. Follow the signs through Portadown for Armagh. From Dublin - follow signs for Newry, then Armagh. On entering Armagh City, you will find the Museum located approximately half-way along the Mall East, between the old gaol and the courthouse. Armagh bus terminal is located about 5 minutes walk from the Museum, near the courthouse. Armagh County Museum is located approximately half-way along the Mall East, between the old gaol and the courthouse, and can be approached by car. There is free parking along the Mall, though this tends to be taken-up from early in the morning during the week from Monday to Friday. A disabled parking space is available opposite the Museum. Paid parking is also available close-by.

This beautiful map and little sketch were made in 1831 and show Lee McKinstry’s property between English Street and the ...
08/12/2023

This beautiful map and little sketch were made in 1831 and show Lee McKinstry’s property between English Street and the Mall. He was soon to demolish these old buildings known as the ‘brewery tenements’ and build a brand new street called Russell Street. Its interesting to see the Scotch Street River (also called the Dirty River) running along the side of the mall at the top. (ARMCM.93.1984)

🎄𝐂𝐫𝐚𝐟𝐭𝐲 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐦𝐚𝐬 𝐅𝐮𝐧, 𝟏𝟔𝐭𝐡 𝐃𝐞𝐜 - 𝟏𝟏:𝟎𝟎𝐚𝐦 & 𝟏:𝟎𝟎𝐩𝐦🎅Discover Christmas traditions from the past, have a go at making seas...
06/12/2023

🎄𝐂𝐫𝐚𝐟𝐭𝐲 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐦𝐚𝐬 𝐅𝐮𝐧, 𝟏𝟔𝐭𝐡 𝐃𝐞𝐜 - 𝟏𝟏:𝟎𝟎𝐚𝐦 & 𝟏:𝟎𝟎𝐩𝐦

🎅Discover Christmas traditions from the past, have a go at making seasonal crafts and a chance to enjoy an afternoon of festive stories from renowned story teller Janice Witherspoon. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

☃ Times slots available:
11am – 1pm
1pm – 3pm
Cost: £2.50 per child, under 3s go free (no booking necessary for this age)

🎟 Book now at bit.ly/craftacm

Beggars Badges were a way for parish vestries to identify ‘deserving poor’ and the badges would have been distributed an...
01/12/2023

Beggars Badges were a way for parish vestries to identify ‘deserving poor’ and the badges would have been distributed and worn by those who were authorised to beg. The museum acquired this 250-year-old Keady parish example in 2022. It was accepted under Arts Council England’s Cultural Gifts Scheme and is the first time a Northern Ireland institution has benefited from the arrangement. (ARMCM.98.2022)

Armagh Art Club Winter Exhibition 2023It's that time again when Armagh Art Club display their works on our walls.  Some ...
29/11/2023

Armagh Art Club Winter Exhibition 2023

It's that time again when Armagh Art Club display their works on our walls. Some brilliant paintings to see and buy.

We're open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm & Sat 10am-4pm

Admission is free

Armagh Art Club Winter Exhibition 2023Why not drop into the museum to see this year's art club entries.  No 24 won the c...
22/11/2023

Armagh Art Club Winter Exhibition 2023

Why not drop into the museum to see this year's art club entries. No 24 won the coveted Summer Island Trophy but would this be your choice?

All works are for sale and on display until 31st December 2023.

Admission is free and we're open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm & Sat 10am-4pm.

Crafty Christmas Family Fun at Armagh County MuseumDiscover Christmas traditions from the past, have a go at making seas...
21/11/2023

Crafty Christmas Family Fun at Armagh County Museum

Discover Christmas traditions from the past, have a go at making seasonal crafts and a chance to enjoy an afternoon of festive stories from renowned story teller Janice Witherspoon. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Times slots available:
11am – 1pm
1pm – 3pm
Cost: £2.50 per child, under 3s go free (no booking necessary for this age)

Book here https://visitarmagh.com/2023-12-16t1100000000/

For more information please contact:
P: + 44 (0) 28 3752 3070
E: [email protected]
A: Armagh County Museum, The Mall East, Armagh, BT61 9BE

This ethereal pastel by George Russell (AE) is entitled The Stolen Child and depicts the folk belief that children might...
17/11/2023

This ethereal pastel by George Russell (AE) is entitled The Stolen Child and depicts the folk belief that children might be taken away to the other world of the fairies. The figures represent the goddesses Eire, Banba, Fodhla with a mortal child. W.B Yeats retold the tale in his poem of the same name. (ARMCM.2.1948)

Armagh Art Club Winter Exhibition 2023With over 50 paintings on the wall there's plenty of choice. This year's exhibitio...
15/11/2023

Armagh Art Club Winter Exhibition 2023

With over 50 paintings on the wall there's plenty of choice. This year's exhibition is filled with fascinating scenes and brilliant brush work.

Works are on display until 31st December and are for sale.

Admission is free and we're open Mon - Fri 10am-5pm & Sat 10am-4pm

Armagh Art Club Winter Exhibition 2023A selection of art on our walls.  The exhibition continues until 31st December.Wor...
08/11/2023

Armagh Art Club Winter Exhibition 2023

A selection of art on our walls. The exhibition continues until 31st December.
Works are for sale and well worth a look!

Admission is free and we're open Mon - Fri 10am-5pm & Sat 10am - 4pm

This quickly drawn sketch of Armagh from the east has a modern feel to it but was drawn 188 years ago in 1836. The unkno...
03/11/2023

This quickly drawn sketch of Armagh from the east has a modern feel to it but was drawn 188 years ago in 1836. The unknown artist carefully captured interesting details such as the spire on the cathedral that would soon be removed during the restoration project that happened during the 1830s. The building in the foreground is now the Orange Hall but was then a school and stood alone in a part of the mall that was yet to be developed as a residential area. (ARMCM.17.1987)

Armagh Art Club Winter Exhibition - Winners Announced!This year's exhibition featured an impressive entry of 60 painting...
01/11/2023

Armagh Art Club Winter Exhibition - Winners Announced!

This year's exhibition featured an impressive entry of 60 paintings from the local Art Club in a year that saw the Club celebrate its 61st year. At the opening, this year’s judge, Christine Donnelly, Creative Programming Development Officer from the Market Place Theatre congratulated members for their contribution over the years in making this exhibition such a great success.

The overall winner of the Summer Island Cup, No 24, Townscape by Victor Kelly. (Image 1)

Seamus McCann picked up the Jackie Connolly Cup for best portrait No 17 ‘Uncle Tomas’. (Image 2)

Highly commended No 26, City of Lights by Kate Boylan (Image 4) and
No 28, 3 Little Birds by Meg (Image 5).

The Exhibition is on display until 31st December and works are for sale. Look out in the coming weeks for a peak at the works on display.

Admission is Free and we're open 10 am - 5pm Mon - Fri and 10am - 4pm every Saturday.

Witch StonesThese fascinating perforated stones were regarded as protection against the fairies or witches and would hav...
31/10/2023

Witch Stones
These fascinating perforated stones were regarded as protection against the fairies or witches and would have been suspended in farmhouses or byres. In his book Irish Folk Ways, Estyn Evans wrote, “Hanging in the byre one sometimes sees a flint pebble suspended on a string through a natural hole. It is a witch-stone, protecting the cows from milk-stealers..” We have six witch stones in the museum.

New Exhibition - The Friends of Armagh County Museum is an organisation that aims to promote and encourage a wider enjoy...
18/10/2023

New Exhibition - The Friends of Armagh County Museum is an organisation that aims to promote and encourage a wider enjoyment of the museum and in 2023 celebrates its 50th year. To mark this the we have put together a special exhibition that runs until the end of December, showcasing many of the objects donated by the 'Friends' over the years.

🎃 𝐂𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐩𝐲 𝐂𝐫𝐚𝐟𝐭𝐲 𝐂𝐚𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬, 𝐀𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐡 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐲 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐮𝐦 - 𝟐𝟖𝐭𝐡 𝐎𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐛𝐞𝐫Discover Halloween traditions from the past and have a go at ...
13/10/2023

🎃 𝐂𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐩𝐲 𝐂𝐫𝐚𝐟𝐭𝐲 𝐂𝐚𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬, 𝐀𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐡 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐲 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐮𝐦 - 𝟐𝟖𝐭𝐡 𝐎𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐛𝐞𝐫

Discover Halloween traditions from the past and have a go at making some seasonal crafts. This year Talking Reptiles will make an appearance bringing with them snakes, spiders, minibeasts and much more. This is a reptile experience not to be missed!

Times slots available:
11am - 1pm
1pm - 3pm

Cost: £2.50 per child, under 3s go free

🕷 Booking essential at bit.ly/creepycrafty

Paint & Sip in the Museum10th, 17th, 24th  November & 1st December 6.30-9.00pmRelax, unwind and get creative on a Friday...
06/10/2023

Paint & Sip in the Museum

10th, 17th, 24th November & 1st December 6.30-9.00pm

Relax, unwind and get creative on a Friday night in Armagh County Museum. Create your own unique art masterpiece, with a few drinks, music and craic along the way.

Each evening will be a multi-sensory experience held in the inspiring surroundings of the museum. You can create your twist on a modern masterpiece think works by Picasso, Van Gogh, Fisher and Munch while listening to music as you paint.

For a Paint & Sip absolutely no experience is required – our instructor will guide you through the process from blank canvas to finished work of art.

Drinks and art materials are included, all you need to bring is your enthusiasm and creativity and we'll do the rest.

Over 18's event

Tickets cost £25 and are available from: https://visitarmagh.com/2023-11-10t1830000000/

Creepy, Crafty Capers @ Armagh County Museum28th October 2023Halloween family fun at the Museum, this will be a fun pack...
08/09/2023

Creepy, Crafty Capers @ Armagh County Museum

28th October 2023

Halloween family fun at the Museum, this will be a fun packed session for all the Family. Discover Halloween traditions from the past and have a go at making some seasonal crafts. This year Talking Reptiles will make an appearance bringing with them snakes, spiders, minibeasts and much more. This is a reptile experience not to be missed!

Times slots available:
11am - 1pm
1pm - 3pm
Cost: £2.50 per child, under 3s go free

For more information please contact:
T: + 44 (0) 28 3752 3070
E: [email protected]

Halloween family fun at the Museum, this will be a fun packed session for all the Family. Discover Halloween traditions from the past and have a go…

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The Mall East
Armagh
BT619BE

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm

Telephone

+44 28 3752 3070

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ARMAGH COUNTY MUSEUM We are a community museum telling the story of County Armagh. We are FREE and open 6 days a week. Mon - Fri 10.00 - 4.00pm Email: [email protected]

DESCRIPTION Collections: We are the oldest County Museum in Ireland, officially opened in 1937. The museum holds a broad collection of objects, art and archival material that chronicle the story of the people who have lived and worked in County Armagh throughout the centuries. From the mists of prehistory there are archaeological artefacts dating to the Neolithic period over 4,000 years ago but also objects associated with the nearby ancient capital of Ulster, Navan Fort. There are relics of Armagh's medieval past too including the important collection of Viking silver known as the Tynan Hoard. From the more recent past there are displays that range from intricate corn crafts and delicate examples of lace-making to relics from the golden age of rail travel. The museum holds an important art collection with works by many well-known artists including Jonathan Fisher, Thomas Creswick, Richard Livesay, Stephen Slaughter, Martin Cregan, George Russell (AE), William Conor, John Luke, James Humbert Craig, Charles Lamb, James Sleator, Tom Carr, TP Flanagan and JB Vallely. The museum’s costume collection is one of the best in any regional museum in Ireland with examples ranging in date from the early 18th century right up to the present day. County Armagh’s natural history is also on display with many taxidermy specimens of the local wildlife and bird species. 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. LOCATION: The museum is situated in what was originally a Georgian school-house, alongside Armagh’s famous tree lined Mall. Our address is Armagh County Museum The Mall East Armagh BT60 9BE DIRECTIONS From Belfast - exit the M1 at junction 11. Follow the signs through Portadown for Armagh. From Dublin - follow signs for Newry, then Armagh. On entering Armagh City, you will find the Museum located approximately half-way along the Mall East, between the old gaol and the courthouse. Armagh bus terminal is located about 5 minutes walk from the Museum, near the courthouse. Armagh County Museum is located approximately half-way along the Mall East, between the old gaol and the courthouse, and can be approached by car. There is free parking along the Mall, though this tends to be taken-up from early in the morning during the week from Monday to Friday. A disabled parking space is available opposite the Museum. Paid parking is also available close-by.


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