Down County Museum

A visit to Down County Museum brings 9000 years of history to life for visitors of all ages. 

The Museum is located in the historic buildings of the eighteenth century County Gaol of Down.  The Gaol opened in 1796 and housed hundreds of inmates including those awaiting transportation to Australia.


Our permanent exhibitions tell the story of the County from the arrival of the first people 9000 years ago, to the celebration of the new millennium in 2000.