Opening hours

Mon Closed
Tue 10am - 4pm
Wed 10am - 4pm
Thur 10am - 4pm
Fri 10am - 4pm
Sat 10am - 4pm
Sun 12noon - 4pm

Contact us

+44 (0) 28 9127 1200

North Down Museum
Town Hall
The Castle
BT20 4BT


Since acquiring Bangor Castle back in the 1940s, Ards and North Down Borough Council has steadily curated a collection of important historical artefacts, which you can see today as part of our museum displays.

Preserving the past for those in the future

All of these work together to tell the story of the borough across the centuries, helping us to better understand our past, while archiving it for future generations.

Our collection is arranged within the following sections throughout the museum:

  • Archaeology
  • Archives
  • Artworks
  • Christian Heritage
  • Percy French
  • The Plantation
  • Sir John Newell Jordan 
  • Wartime

Contribute to our collection

At North Down Museum, we’re always on the lookout for pieces that we can add to our collection. However, space is at a premium, so we’re currently prioritising the following types of historical documents and artefacts:

  • Old photographs and images of the Ards and North Down area.
  • Material relating to WWI and WWII and the impact of these wars on the local people/area.
  • Contemporary items dating from the 1930s – 2000s.
  • Work from local artists, for example, Colin Middleton. 
  • Costumes – we’re keen to source any items of clothing to represent what was worn in different time periods, particularly from the Victorian era up to the present day.

NB All artefacts must have a local Ards and North Down connection.  

If you would like to donate anything you think might be of interest, please contact us
on 028 9127 1200 or email

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