Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum

Explore Ireland's industrial heritage in the Museum's award-winning exhibition 'Flax to Fabric: the Story of Irish Linen', with live spinning and weaving demonstrations. The Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum's galleries also feature a range of temporary and visiting exhibitions, from the history of Lisburn to local art.

About the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum
Welcome to the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum. Originally a museum focusing on the local history of Lisburn and the Lagan Valley, the museum expanded in 1994 with the opening of the Irish Linen Centre.

The Museum and its collections are housed in the old Market House, a late seventeenth-century building, since heavily modified. The town’s merchants sold their wares and produce and sought shelter in and around the ground floor of the building, and John Wesley preached here in 1756 and 1789. The first floor Assembly Rooms played an important role in the social and political life of Lisburn, hosting regular soirees, balls, dance classes and political meetings throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth century.


Visit the Museum

Admission
There is no admission charge. We hope you enjoy your visit and will consider making a donation to enable us to continue to provide high quality service and exhibitions of excellence.

Access
There is full disabled access throughout the building. Car parking for disabled badge holders is available on the north side of the building, outside Shannon’s and as far down as Boots. Staff have been trained in sign language and blind awareness. An induction loop is fitted throughout the building. A guide to Flax to Fabric is available in Braille.

The exhibition text panels of Flax to Fabric are available in French, German and Italian.


Coach Trips
Lisburn Museum is well-placed to accommodate coaches and coach trips. We offer FREE guided tours of the area, and FREE workshops covering weaving and spinning, or programmes tailored to your group’s needs. We are easy to get to, just off the motorway between Belfast and Dublin.

Drivers can drop tour groups off at the south side of the Museum, and park for free at the nearby Island Civic Centre or the Lagan Valley Leisureplex (please contact reception on 028 9266 3377 for more information).

Places to Eat
The town has a fantastic selection of cafés and restaurants, serving great local food. For an updated list contact the museum’s reception (Tel: 028 9266 3377, or ilc.reception@lisburn.gov.uk).

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