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

Get Involved with the Museum

Donate an object

North Down Museum welcomes offers of relevant material to our collections to help us tell local stories. However, it’s important that we don’t duplicate items or accept objects which fall outside our Collecting Policy.

If you have any materials that you think we would find interesting, please contact us in advance before visiting. If possible, we would like to know some information about the piece and see a photo beforehand, as this will help us to advise you on whether to bring it into the museum for a closer examination. 

Accepted objects

If we accept your object, please note that it may not immediately go on display but it will be carefully stored and recorded in our database. It may be drawn upon for special exhibitions or lent to other Accredited museums and it will also be available for research, study and education purposes. 

Sometimes an object is useful for work with education groups, in which case, it will form part of our handling collection.

Our staff will be able to advise you of alternative options if we are unable to accept your offer.

If you are considering offering an object to us as a donation, please contact us at: 

Please note that we cannot give the valuation of any object.

Exhibit your own work

North Down Museum is now calling for applications from groups and/or individuals who are interested in holding an exhibition in the museum. We have 2 x separate areas available:

  1. The Community Gallery is located just beside the café.  It measures 4.7m by 9.2m (at the widest point).  It holds eight individual free-standing movable display panels measuring 2440mm x 1200mm each.  There are also three shallow display cases (26cm high) which can hold a range of smaller artefacts or artwork.
  1. The café has a wall hanging system for artwork and 7 display cases (4 are 30cm high, 2 are 65cm high and 1 is 25cm high) which are suitable for 3 dimensional exhibitions.

We would recommend that you come in and have a look at the exhibition spaces before you put in your application.

All application forms and examples must be submitted by Friday 10 December 2021 at 4pm.

For more information and application forms, please visit:

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