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North Down Museum

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Castle Park Castle Park Avenue, Bangor,
Mrs Patricia Hamilton
T: (028) 9127 1200

Discover the area’s fascinating history in Northern Ireland’s most visited small museum.

Learn something of the fascinating saga of the area in Northern Ireland's most visited small museum, located around a covered courtyard at the rear of Bangor Castle.

The story of the region's history, archaeology and wildlife unfolds before you through a series of exciting audio-visual displays and intriguing exhibits. Here you will see examples of archaeological finds, such as the Ballycrochan Swords, dating from 500 BC, and a 9th Century hand bell which marks the period when Bangor's monastery was one of the most important in Christendom. Other displays highlight the natural history of the area (including, in summer, an observation beehive which children adore). A unique feature is the Jordan Room, a magnificent collection of antique objects from the Far East.

The museum runs special events and activities, and hosts temporary exhibits in the Long Gallery, which change regularly.