Museum Services

Barn Museum - Tannaghmore Gardens

the barn museumHoused in an old Victorian barn, this is an accredited Museum that accommodates five galleries depicting rural life in Co. Armagh.

Each gallery contains an exhibition on a different area of rural life; such as dairying and washing, blacksmithing and haymaking. An old schoolroom transports visitors back to the days when the dreaded cane ruled the classroom! There is even an old time grocer’s shop to purchase sweets.

Nearby facilities in Tannaghmore Gardens include: children’s playpark, animal farm, maze, walking trails.

Educational Tours:

Themes covered include:

• Farming in the past
• The Great Irish Famine of 1845-1852 in the Lurgan/ Portadown area
• Victorian Life

Please note that there is a charge for guided tours. Contact the Museum at (028) 38 31 1669 for further information.

Opening Times:

Admission: Free Saturdays and Sundays, April to September 1pm-5pm

Exhibitions and Events

The Museum runs a varied exhibition and events programme throughout the year at its facilities and in venues throughout the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council area. For full details of the Museum’s current programme please contact us at (028) 3831 1669

Loan Box Service… History to Take Away!

The Museum Services have a variety of themed loan boxes available for hire for a two week period. Each box contains original and replica objects from the Museum’s handling collection and a folder of suggested activities. They are ideal for hands-on classroom learning, reminiscence projects, residential homes and community groups.

Loan Boxes available include:

School and Childhood
Toys and Games
World War 1: A Soldier’s Life
World War 2: 1940s
Homes in the Past
At Work
Highdays and Holidays
In Style
In Good Health

To hire a loan box please contact the Museum Service at (028) 3831 1669

Lough Neagh Discovery Centre

The library is located on the top floor of the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre on Oxford Island and has a wide variety of hard to find books, journals, maps and photographs of the local area 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.

Opening Times:

Admission Free
Monday to Friday, 10am to 4.30pm, all year round.

It is advisable to make a prior appointment. Contact the Museum staff at (028) 3831 1669.

Newry Canal Towpath

Moneypenny’s Lockhouse, stables and lock chamber are situated along the Newry Canal towpath. Moneypenny’s Lockhouse, named after the Moneypenny family who kept the lock since the early 1800s, has been beautifully restored back to its original features.

The gable end of Moneypenny’s Lockhouse includes a display of how the Lighterman would have lived at the time when Lighters were the only means of transporting goods. Take a seat in The Bothy and watch a film on the history of the Newry Canal. There are lots of activities for young children to do in both of these exhibitions. Another recent addition to Moneypenny’s Lockhouse is the beautiful Bee Garden, where you can sit on the bench and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

The stables formerly housed the horses that were used to tow boats along the Newry Canal. They are now home to the Moneypenny’s Blacksmith Workshop, which provides metalworking classes and demonstrations to the public on selected days. The stone lock chamber was built to lift and lower boats from one level of the Newry Canal to another.

Education Tours:
Guided Tours of Moneypenny’s Lock can be provided all year round by the Museum Staff.


• Construction of the canal
• Transport in the past
• Life on the canal and its role in the growth of Portadown.

Please note that there is a charge for guided tours. Contact the Museum at (028) 3831 1669 for further information.

Opening Times:

Admission Free
Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, April to September, 2pm to 5pm.

Please note there is no parking available at Moneypenny’s Lockhouse. Access via the Newry Canal towpath from Portadown or Knock Bridge.

For further information on the Moneypenny’s Lockhouse Blacksmith Workshop contact

Schools Learning Programme

The Museum Services delivers a range of outreach programmes in the classroom, which are supported by a variety of original and replica artefacts.

Programmes currently available include:

World War 1: A Soldier’s Life KS2

An eye-opening lesson which provides an insight into the life of a soldier during World War 1. Through artefact handling and role play, children will experience the recruitment test soldiers had to pass to join the army, the training they underwent and the horrific conditions of trench warfare. The importance of nurses and medicine are also examined. A ‘World War 1’ loan box is available for hire to support this lesson.

World War 2: Life on the Home Front KS2

In this interactive lesson children are brought back in time to experience life on the Home Front during World War 2. Through the use of objects and role play, children will learn about life in the local area during the war, with air raids, evacuation, rationing and civil defence all covered. A ‘1940s’ loan box is available for hire to support this lesson.

Toys and Games Foundation/KS1

In this hands-on lesson children are allowed to handle and play with a range of vintage wooden, tin and clockwork toys. Throughout the lesson children are encouraged to think about the differences between old and modern toys. This lesson finishes with an old fashioned magic lantern show.
A ‘Toys and Games’ loan box is available for hire to support this lesson.

The Archaeology of Early Settlers KS2

How do we know about the past?
In this lesson we reconstruct the life of the early settlers of the stone-age from the remains they have left behind. Through a series of practical workshops children will find out about archaeology, the lives of the hunter gatherers of the Mesolithic and the introduction of farming during the Neolithic.

The Museum continually adds to its outreach programme. Currently an outreach lesson on the Great Irish Famine of 1845-1852 in the local area is being developed.

Please note a charge applies for all outreach sessions. Contact the Museum for further details.