Florence Nightingale: The Lady with the Lamp (Image courtesy of National Army Museum)
Immerse yourself in Northern Ireland’s unique museums and inspiring exhibitions from the comfort of your home. Discover Northern Ireland has curated a list of marvellous experiences to inspire your online exploration, allowing you to embrace Northern Ireland’s giant spirit virtually
An Inspiring Celebration of Nurses at the Ulster Museum, Belfast
In a timely and unique celebration, the Ulster Museum is launching an exhibition of Northern Ireland’s nurses and midwives to mark 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale. Explore more with a virtual journey through the special exhibition that examines Nightingale's impact here and the contribution nurses and midwives make to our health and well-being today.
Click here to take the tour
CultureLab at the Ulster Museum, Belfast
Challenge and explore cultural stereotypes in Northern Ireland through a virtual tour. Challenge your preconceptions about culture and identity and #
Take the virtual tour here.
Armagh County Museum
While away an hour or two immersing in a range of stunning virtual heritage exhibitions at Armagh County Museum, the oldest county museum in Ireland. Current collections to include on your tour are Stray Sod by local artist Orlaith Cullinane, a beautifully curated exhibition featuring the Museum's eclectic collection of historical artefacts from throughout the centuries. Those keen to explore more recent history will delight in Armagh in Focus, featuring photographic images of the beauty of the so-called orchard county from the 1950’s to the 1980’s.
Experience the exhibitions here.
Beside the River Erne in County Fermanagh, Enniskillen Castle was built around 600 years ago by the ruling Gaelic Maguires. The historic attraction provides a key to Irish history from Medieval Stronghold to Plantation Castle to later Military Barracks. Today, the Castle complex houses two Museums, Fermanagh County Museum and The Inniskillings Museum.
You can now take a 360° virtual walk around Enniskillen Castle. Click here
Sheelin Lace Museum
One of our smallest and most unique museums. All types of antique Irish lace and vintage items are for sale here including antique lace wedding gowns, christening gowns, lace handkerchiefs & wedding veils. It is one of the few places to buy antique Irish lace in Ireland. There is a small museum within the lace shop showcasing some spectacular pieces.
You can view some amazing interior shots here
Navan Centre and Fort
Navan Centre & Fort is a place where myth and reality meet with a virtual tour that includes Ireland’s most famous and important archaeological sites, the legendary Emain Macha. Take a virtual step back 2,000 years and explore an Iron Age dwelling and uncover the daily life of the Celts in a highly interactive and unique experience.
Click here and prepare to step back in time.
Whitehead Railway Museum
A favourite with young and old alike! Founded by the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland in March 2017, this is a unique railway museum and excursion platform located in Whitehead, County Antrim. The museum's first train, the Guinness Engine, was donated to the society in 1965 and now resides in Whitehead. The locomotive was 100 years old in 2019 and a celebratory day was held on 6th April 2019. Learn more about this beautiful locomotive on the museum’s website, including a brilliant video showcasing the history of this faithful shunting engine.
The museum is also providing some fun lockdown activities for children, including a colouring book.
While we all do our bit and #StayAtHome, Titanic Belfast want to bring the world's leading Titanic visitor experience to you at home in the hopes of helping you beat the boredom during lockdown! You can now access their multi-media guided audio tour online for free. Enjoy being taken around the iconic building and through the Titanic Experience galleries from the comfort of your home. They have also made some fun activities available for children, tasty recipes and fun quizzes available,
Stay Home with Titanic Belfast at the link here
Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum
The award-winning Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum is based in Lisburn's oldest building and brings the history of the famous Irish linen industry and the history of Lisburn and the Lagan Valley to life. The Museum has now gone virtual during lockdown to bring you local history and stories as well as virtual tours and live Q&As. You can visit the website to learn more
The Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum is also the only museum in Northern Ireland to be featured as a Google Arts and Culture partner, meaning you can view its collections online.
Click here to view.