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Craigavon Museum at the Barn

Craigavon Museum at the Barn reflects the rich and varied heritage of the former Craigavon borough council area.  Dedicated to rural life in the past the Museum has remained an integral part of the Tannaghmore Gardens since it opened to the public in 1997.

Groups and schools


Local History Library


Each gallery in the Barn Museum contains an exhibition on a different area of rural life; such as dairying and washing, blacksmithing and haymaking. An old schoolroom transports the visitor back to the days when the dreaded cane ruled the classroom! There is even an old-time grocer’s shop to purchase sweets. Experience the old Irish gate, tree and sculpture trails in Tannaghmore Gardens. Explore the Rare Breeds Farm which includes Irish Moiled and Dexter cattle, Galway and Jacob Sheep, Saddleback, Tamworth and Gloucester Old Spot pigs. View the large selection of ornamental fowl and waterfowl and the agricultural exhibits in Barn Museum.

Local History Library  

A local history library containing a wide variety of hard to find books, journals, maps and photographs of the local area is available for reference.

Resources include:

  • Over 2000 books and journals on local and Irish history.
  • A Quaker library containing 700 volumes relating to the Quakers in Ireland.
  • A Methodist library with over 1,500 volumes relating to the history of the Methodist Church in Ireland.
  • Ordnance Survey maps of the area dating from the 1800s.
  • Extensive photographic collections of the local area.

The library is located in Armagh County Museum and can be accessed via appointment by contacting 028 3752 3070.

Opening Times:

Barn Museum

By appointment only,  please contact Sarah T:  02837523070

Local History library located at Armagh County Museum, The Mall East, Armagh, BT61 9BE T: 02837523070 E: Monday-Friday 10am – 5pm all year round but best to make an appointment to gain access to the library as it is not on general public display.


Schools and Groups

We can accommodate group/school bookings throughout the year, booking is essential.  A visit to the Museum will take approximately 1.5 hrs costing £1 per head.  To discuss a visit or to make a booking please contact Sarah T: 028 37523070


A loan box programme is available covering the following themes:

  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Playing through time
  • Homes in the Past

Each box is available for two weeks, to find out more or to book a box please contact Sarah:

T: 028 3752 3070 or E:

Craigavon Museum at the Barn


T: 028 3752 3070