The best museums in Northern Ireland in 2021

These are the top 50 best museums in Northern Ireland, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2021. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

For a complete overview of museums in Northern Ireland, their exhibitions and discount cards & passes, see our overview page with all museums in Northern Ireland.

These are the best museums in Northern Ireland:

  1. Titanic Belfast1

    Titanic Belfast

    Belfast
    Titanic Belfast is a museum in Belfast. The museum features exhibits related to: industry, maritime and social history.
  2. Ulster Museum2

    Ulster Museum

    Belfast
    Ulster Museum is a museum in Belfast. The museum features exhibits related to: social history, photography, weapons and war, science and technology, natural sciences, costume and textiles, archives, world cultures, decorative and applied art, toys and hobbies, archaeology, industry, coins and medals
  3. Dunluce Castle3

    Dunluce Castle

    Portrush
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    W5

    Belfast
    W5 is a museum in Belfast. The museum features exhibits related to: natural sciences and science and technology.
  6. Castle Ward5

    Castle Ward

    Strangford
    Explore this 332-hectare walled demesne dramatically set overlooking Strangford Lough and see the quirky mid Georgian mansion, home of the Ward family since the 16th century. An architectural curiosity, it is built inside and out in the distinctly different styles of classical and gothic. Children c
  7. Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre6

    Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre

    Bushmills
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  9. Ulster Folk and Transport Museum7

    Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

    Holywood
    Ulster Folk and Transport Museum is a museum in Holywood. The museum features exhibits related to: photography, architecture, music, fine art, decorative and applied art, costume and textiles, agriculture, science and technology, social history, aviation, religion, maritime, natural sciences, land t
  10. Ulster American Folk Park8

    Ulster American Folk Park

    Omagh
    Ulster American Folk Park is a museum in Omagh. The museum features exhibits related to: social history, medicine, costume and textiles, maritime, architecture, land transport, agriculture, archives and personalities.
  11. Carrickfergus Castle9

    Carrickfergus Castle

    Carrickfergus
    A striking feature of the landscape from land, sea and air, Carrickfergus Castle greets all visitors with its strength and menace. It represents over 800 years of military might. Besieged in turn by the Scots, Irish, English and French, the Castle saw action right up to World War II. Today it is mai
  12. Mount Stewart10

    Mount Stewart

    Newtownards
  13. Florence Court11

    Florence Court

    Enniskillen
  14. Tower Museum12

    Tower Museum

    Londonderry
    Tower Museum is a museum in Derry. The museum features exhibits related to Personalities, Science and Technology, Fine Art, Music, Maritime, Social History, Archives, Coins and Medals, Decorative and Applied Art and Archaeology.
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  16. Saint Patrick Centre13

    Saint Patrick Centre

    Downpatrick
    Saint Patrick Centre is a museum in Downpatrick. The museum features exhibits related to Personalities and Religion.
  17. Exploris14

    Exploris

    Portaferry
    The Northern Ireland Aquarium was opened by Ards Borough Council in 1987 to enable the public to view the amazingly diverse marine life that exists around these islands. The conservation village of Portaferry was the ideal location. It is sited on the shores of the Marine Nature reserve of Strangfo
  18. Castle Coole15

    Castle Coole

    Enniskillen
    Castle Coole is a neo-classical house in Ireland, built to impress by the first Earl of Belmore 1789- 97 and is surrounded by a landscape park on the edge of Enniskillen. Contrasting to the splendour of the house, Castle Coole also has one of the finest basements in the National Trust. This is an in
  19. Armagh Observatory and Planetarium16

    Armagh Observatory and Planetarium

    Armagh
    The Armagh Observatory and Planetarium offers visitors a unique experience which makes it "the place for space". In the Planetarium’s Digital Full Dome Theatre you can sit back, relax and experience the wonders of our Universe. Take a tour of the night sky, and discover how our scientific research
  20. The Argory17

    The Argory

    Dungannon
    The Argory is a museum in Dungannon. The museum features exhibits related to: fine art, social history, costume and textiles, decorative and applied art and archives.
  21. Metropolitan Arts Centre18

    Metropolitan Arts Centre

    Belfast
    The MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre) is Belfast’s new arts venue. Selecting, creating and mixing up music, theatre, dance and art – bringing local and international talent under one roof.
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  23. Down County Museum19

    Down County Museum

    Downpatrick
    Down County Museum is a museum in Downpatrick. The museum features exhibits related to Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Maritime, Social History, Land Transport, Archives, Weapons and War, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Medicine, Costume and Textiles and Natural Sciences.
  24. Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House20

    Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

    Castlerock
  25. Downpatrick and County Down Railway21

    Downpatrick and County Down Railway

    Downpatrick
    Downpatrick and County Down Railway is a museum in Downpatrick. The museum features exhibits related to: archaeology, archives and land transport.
  26. Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum22

    Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum

    Lisburn
    Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum is a museum in Lisburn. The museum features exhibits related to Decorative and Applied Art, Archives, Personalities, Social History, Natural Sciences, Archaeology, Fine Art, Land Transport, Weapons and War, Science and Technology, Costume and Textiles, Coins and
  27. Springhill23

    Springhill

    Moneymore
    Springhill is an atmospheric 17th-century ‘plantation’ home. The house tour takes in the library, Conyngham family furniture, gun room, nursery, resident ghost and the unusual and colourful costume exhibition which has some 17th-century Irish pieces. There are waymarked paths in the estate, walled g
  28. Royal Ulster Rifles Museum24

    Royal Ulster Rifles Museum

    Belfast
    The museum houses an extensive collection of uniforms, badges, medals and regimental memorabilia covering the history of the Regiment and the campaigns in which it has fought since its formation in 1793.
  29. Museum of Orange Heritage25

    Museum of Orange Heritage

    Castlereagh
    The Museum of Orange Heritage, Schomberg House, aims to educate, encourage understanding, address negative perceptions and build confidence with all those that come to visit. This site focuses on the history and traditions of the Orange Institution, beginning with the Glorious Revolution, and tra
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  31. Sentry Hill Historic House and Visitor Centre26

    Sentry Hill Historic House and Visitor Centre

    Glengormley
    Sentry Hill Historic House and Visitor Centre is a museum in Newtownabbey. The museum features exhibits related to Fine Art, Archaeology, Weapons and War, Archives, Social History, Decorative and Applied Art and Literature.
  32. Armagh County Museum27

    Armagh County Museum

    Armagh
    Armagh County Museum is a museum in Armagh. The museum features exhibits related to Land Transport, Natural Sciences, Fine Art, Weapons and War, Social History, Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles and Archives. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum
  33. Andrew Jackson Cottage and US Rangers Centre28

    Andrew Jackson Cottage and US Rangers Centre

    Carrickfergus
  34. Gray's Printing Press29

    Gray's Printing Press

    Strabane
    An 18th-century printing press, where John Dunlap, the printer of the American Declaration of Independence, and James Wilson, grandfather of President Woodrow Wilson, learnt their trade. There is a collection of 19th-century hand-printing machines, as well as an audio-visual display. The former stat
  35. Newry and Mourne Museum30

    Newry and Mourne Museum

    Newry
    Newry and Mourne Museum is a museum in Newry. The museum features exhibits related to: costume and textiles, archaeology, maritime, archives and social history.
  36. Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum31

    Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum

    Armagh
    Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum is a museum in Armagh. The museum features exhibits related to: weapons and war, costume and textiles and archives.
  37. Ardress House32

    Ardress House

    Portadown
    Ardress House is a museum in Portadown. The museum features exhibits related to: decorative and applied art and social history.
  38. Whitehead Railway Museum33

    Whitehead Railway Museum

    Whitehead
    Take a journey through the history of Irish railways at Whitehead Railway Museum. The museum showcases the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland’s large collection of heritage locomotives and carriages, many of which have been restored to their full glory. Interactive displays and exhibits expl
  39. Armagh Observatory34

    Armagh Observatory

    Armagh
    Armagh Observatory is a museum in Armagh. The museum features exhibits related to Science and Technology.
  40. The Inniskillings Museum35

    The Inniskillings Museum

    Enniskillen
    The Inniskillings Museum is a museum in Enniskillen. The museum features exhibits related to: land transport, architecture, photography, archaeology, fine art, social history, natural sciences, coins and medals, costume and textiles, weapons and war, decorative and applied art, industry, trade and c
  41. Coleraine Museum36

    Coleraine Museum

    Coleraine
  42. Sheelin Irish Lace Museum37

    Sheelin Irish Lace Museum

    Bellanaleck
    Sheelin Irish Lace Museum is a museum in Enniskillen. The museum features exhibits related to Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles and Social History. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include Irish Flowering and Filet Lace, Inishmacsaint Needlelace, Mountmellick Embroidery,
  43. Mid-Antrim Museum38

    Mid-Antrim Museum

    Ballymena
    Mid-Antrim Museum is a museum in Ballymena. The museum features exhibits related to: literature, fine art, music, trade and commerce, archives, land transport, archaeology, costume and textiles, agriculture, religion, coins and medals, law and order, photography, weapons and war, social history, dec
  44. Fermanagh County Museum39

    Fermanagh County Museum

    Enniskillen
    Fermanagh County Museum is a registered museum, under the MLA Accreditation Scheme for museums in the United Kingdom.The museum is located within and around the historic Enniskillen Castle and was established in 1976 by Fermanagh District Council. The museum collections reflect Fermanagh's history,
  45. Ballycastle Museum40

    Ballycastle Museum

    Ballycastle
    Ballycastle Museum is a museum in Ballycastle. The museum features exhibits related to Fine Art, Social History and Decorative and Applied Art.
  46. Derrymore House41

    Derrymore House

    Bessbrook
    Derrymore House is a late 18th-century thatched house in gentrified vernacular style.
  47. Ballymoney Museum42

    Ballymoney Museum

    Ballymoney
    Ballymoney Museum is a museum in Ballymoney. The museum features exhibits related to: archives, natural sciences, archaeology, trade and commerce, photography, social history, costume and textiles, law and order, weapons and war and medicine. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include: mo
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    Hillsborough Castle

    Hillsborough
  49. The Ballance House44

    The Ballance House

    Glenavy
    The Ballance House is a restored 19th century homestead in the rural countryside of Glenavy. It was the birthplace of John Ballance who went on to become the 14th Premier of New Zealand (1891-93). Our Exhibition 'The Ulster New Zealand Story' engages visitors in an exploration of New Zealand and
  50. Foyle Valley Railway Museum45

    Foyle Valley Railway Museum

    Londonderry
    Foyle Valley Railway Museum is a museum in Derry. The museum features exhibits related to Land Transport and Archives.
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    Somme Museum

    Newtownards
    Somme Museum is a museum in Newtownards. The museum features exhibits related to: social history, archives, weapons and war, costume and textiles and personalities.
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    Headhunters Barber Shop and Railway Museum

    Enniskillen
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    Crom Visitor Centre

    Enniskillen
    Escape to this breathtaking 810-hectare demesne, set amid the romantic and tranquil landscape of Upper Lough Erne. One of Ireland's most important nature conservation areas, Crom's ancient woodland and picturesque islands are home to many rare species, including the elusive pine marten. The ancient
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    North Down Museum

    Bangor
    The Heritage Centre exists to reflect, promote and protect North Down's historical, archaeological, artistic and cultural heritage. Its services will ideally cater for the widest possible cross-section of the local community, for visitors and for tourists. The North Down Museum features exhibits rel
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    FLAME! the Gasworks Museum of Ireland

    Carrickfergus
    FLAME. the Gasworks Museum of Ireland is a museum in Carrickfergus. The museum features exhibits related to: science and technology, industry and archives.

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