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This award-winning museum is based in Lisburn’s oldest building, the 17th Century Market House. It brings to life the history of the Irish linen industry and its importance to Northern Ireland.

Visitors young and old can see the heritage of craft skills in the daily demonstrations of hand spinning and hand loom-weaving and admire the treasured collection of damask linen and costumes. As well as the permanent ‘Flax to Fabric: the story of Irish linen’ exhibition, the museum holds exciting artefacts such as linen from the tomb of Tutankhamen!

There's  also a changing programme of temporary exhibitions which includes themes of local history, artworks and textiles. Regular children’s activities include craft workshops and trails. For your souvenirs, the museum shop offers a wide range of craft goods and books at reasonable prices as well as an opportunity to buy the finest quality Irish damask table linen with the exclusive ‘flax flower’ design.


The Irish Linen Centre Offers:

  • FREE guided tours exploring the history of Irish Linen

  • History of Lisburn

  • Expert guides, and live demos of weaving and spinning

  • Free workshops , from WWI to Ancient Egypt. The Museum makes an ideal day out for groups, schools and community groups.

  • Great museum shop, stocked with linen and local history books

  • Surrounded by fantastic places to eat

  • Research service

  • World-class collections

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