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Larne Museum and Arts Centre

Larne Museum and Arts Centre - About

The Main Gallery hosts permanent displays reflecting the agricultural, industrial, military and maritime history of the area.  Larne is a principal gateway into Northern Ireland and the strong maritime links of this east Antrim coastal community are portrayed through a variety of exhibits relating to the first roll-on, roll-off ferries, the Royal Navy and the Princess Victoria disaster.  Larne’s rural hinterland, which includes two of the nine glens of Antrim, is well represented in the museum’s folk life display.  The War and Conflict section hosts objects from the Home Rule Crisis, Larne Gun Running and the First and Second World Wars. 

Visitors can access accounts and memories of local people through oral history listening posts and can browse through photographs in a digital community archive.  New donations to the collection are accepted.  

The ‘John Clifford Gallery’ plays host to a variety of temporary exhibitions throughout the year.  These can include in-house or touring exhibitions and exhibitions by local groups and individuals.  If you would like to book exhibition space, please ask at reception for details.  

The museum is managed by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, and forms part of the Mid-Antrim Museums Service alongside similar local museums in Ballymena, Carrickfergus and Newtownabbey.  

The Museum is open Monday - Friday, 10.00am - 4.30pm each day.  Admission Free. 

Take a virtual tour below:

Historical and Photographic Enquiries

Larne Museum and Arts Centre has a wonderful archive of photography within its collections.  These photos are from Larne's history and include industry, tourism, people and much more.  A selection of the photographs can be viewed on the COMMA monitor in the main gallery and other photos can be seen on request if an appointment is made.

Please note that Larne Museum and Arts Centre is bound by a Photographic Policy and copies of photographs can be obtained (providing there is no breech of copyright) however there is an accompanying charge for this service.

For more details please contact Larne Museum and Arts Centre 028 28 262443.  Please note photographic appointments are made on a Tuesday.