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Ballycastle Museum is housed in the listed 18th century courthouse and market building in the town centre. Visitors to the Accredited Museum can explore the permanent display of the fascinating history of the Irish Homes Industries Workshop, its role in the 1904 St Louis World Fair and the Arts and Crafts Revival in Ireland. Highlights also include Bronze Age archaeology, Boyds 18th century Ballycastle and the magnificent Taise Banner from the first Feis na nGleann in 1904.
The first Glen Feis in 1904, with lead organiser F.J. Bigger, featured banners designed by John Campbell, representing the nine glens of Antrim. The magnificent Taise banner is now the only known one in existence from that Feis and is on display in Ballycastle Museum. The collection also features artworks by prominent Irish artists such as J.W. Carey, John Campbell, Rosamund Praegar and watercolours by A. Nicholl and John Nixonhere is also social history material of the 19th and 20th century, Neolithic finds from Rathlin Island, Bronze Age material and a photographic and postcard archive.
Ballycastle Museum is part of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Museum Services which also includes Ballymoney Museum, Coleraine Museum and Limavady & Green Lane Museum.
Usual opening hours are from Easter weekend:
Easter Saturday 10am-5pm; Easter Sunday & Monday 2pm-5pm
April–June: Friday & Saturday 10am-5pm; Sundays 2pm-5pm
July–August: Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 2pm-5pm
September: Friday & Saturday 10am-5pm; Sundays 2pm-5pm
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- Guided Tours Available
- Open Mondays
- Open Sundays - Seasonal
- Free (parking charges may apply)
- In town/city centre
- Indoor Attraction
- Unique venue