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

The museum welcomes local artists, craft makers and collectors to display their work in our Community Gallery and Café. An application process begins each September for exhibitions to be shown the following year. 

The 2021 application process has been postponed.  Priority will be given to exhibitions affected by the museum’s closure in 2020.

Exhibitors may also sell their artwork if they choose. Please note that the museum will take a 20% commission on any pieces sold.  

Criteria for exhibitions:

  • Only those individuals/groups who apply and are successful will be eligible to hold an exhibition in the museum gallery.
  • Exhibition pieces must be framed and/or be suitable for hanging on the wall.
  • Only groups/individuals based in the Ards and North Down area may apply.  (If a group is applying, at least one member must be based in North Down and/or Ards).
  • It is preferable that the exhibition will reflect upon or link to some aspect of North Down and/or Ards.