Northern Ireland War Memorial

Northern Ireland War Memorial, Belfast

Northern Ireland War Memorial

Northern Ireland War Memorial
4.5
Military Museums • History Museums
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Located in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter beside Belfast Cathedral, the War Memorial Gallery is a ‘must see’ for anyone with an interest in Northern Ireland’s role in the Second World War. The museum tells the story of the Belfast Blitz, the Ulster Home Guard, the role played by women in the war and the presence of US forces from 1942 to 1944. Visitors can try on wartime uniforms and view interesting pieces from the collection including the Pocket Guide to Northern Ireland which was issued to US Servicemen warning that “you will probably find yourself drinking more tea in a week than you have in all your previous life!” The centre-piece of the gallery is a bronze sculpture depicting a mother guiding her child through the ruins of Belfast on the morning after a devastating air raid in April 1941. An evocative memorial screen recalls the names of over 1,100 people who lost their lives in the Belfast Blitz. A magnificent stained glass memorial window and two books of remembrance recall the local lives lost in the two World Wars. Temporary displays and exhibitions ensure that regular visitors will always see something different on each visit.
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Julia
Portland, OR8 contributions
Small but full of info
Sep 2019
This is a small but well curated museum. The focus is on WWI and WWII. Much to see and well worth a visit.
Written 6 November 2019
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Meme24qts
Fort Worth, TX95 contributions
What a treasure!
Sep 2019
We discovered this museum by accident with the help of a security guard at the City Hall and we were absolutely delighted with our visit. My 98 year old father was one of the 300,000 American troops stationed in Northern Ireland during WW2 as they were preparing for the D day invasion. We had been unable to find much in N Ireland about this time period and these soldiers until we went here. They had photos, military patches, uniforms and more from the soldiers who were there. Our favorite was a copy of the booklet that all US soldiers were given on arriving in N. Ireland to tell them about the N Irish culture and what to do and not to do--how to get along and what foods, etc to expect. The man on duty at the museum (forgot to get his name) was a wealth of information and even emailed us a copy of the booklet when we got home. The museum is free but they do accept donations. Much about WW2 impact on N. Ireland too of course and the blitz that took 1,000 lives in Belfast. The museum is small but very well displayed. So very glad to have found it. Made for a very meaningful hour or so for us. Have not shown my father the photos or the booklet yet but he will be absolutely thrilled!!
Written 20 September 2019
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Ciara
Ennis, Ireland21 contributions
History Trip
Jan 2019 • Friends
I came here with my history class (Jan 2016). It is quite small but is jam-packed with interesting artefacts and information about WW2. The staff were very kind to us and answered every question we had; she even gave us free badges.

There really is no shortage of artefacts from masks, to med bags and the Nazi knife.

I really recommend people visit here. It is easy to miss but it is definitely worth a visit
Written 2 July 2019
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browncondo2102
Kitchener, Canada1,255 contributions
Very Interesting
Jun 2019 • Couples
This place has not been opened that long. It is a vivid reminder of WW2 coming to Ulster. Since many ships were built in the area, it was only a matter of time before the Germans would be bombing it. Ulster had its own Home Guard and the women of the area were busy building munitions for the war effort. Worth seeing.
Written 1 July 2019
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Brimbles
Weston super Mare, UK305 contributions
Found by accident.
Jun 2019 • Couples
We came across this small museum by accident but it is well worth a visit.
It focuses on NI during WWII, it gives a very good overview of the period and has well put together displays containing interesting artefacts. It is free to enter and may be staffed by volunteers.
Well worth a visit as you can combine it with a visit to Belfast Cathedral which is just a few yards away.
Written 21 June 2019
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jenm
Newtownabbey, UK44 contributions
Absolutely amazing, staff are more than helpful!
Apr 2019 • Family
Staff couldn’t have done enough, as a family with an autistic child they kindly welcomed us in half an hour before opening so we may enjoy the displays without the stresses it brings. They went over and above, played games with our smaller children and shared many interesting facts with our older son. They showed us various parts of the exhibition and nothing was too much to ask! Lots to see and learn on an educational level and great way to remember those many lives lost! Great museum!!
Written 6 April 2019
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Genevieve
West Palm Beach, FL119 contributions
A well put together memorial
Apr 2019 • Couples
The memorial was a small room which may take 15 or 20 minutes of your time. It’s free to get in and the information they had was very informative. They even spoke about Americans and their impact of Ireland. My husband & I enjoyed the memorial and it’s right next to Belfast Cathedral so you can’t miss it.
Written 3 April 2019
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DRSBELAL
Exeter, UK89 contributions
Small display.
Mar 2019 • Couples
The idea is interesting, some small new facts to learn. But the place is off the beaten path, takes a while to find, and once we got in we were disappointed to find out how small it was. There was a school trip for children and they had taken over the entire space so we could not even read all the information (What little there was). Positive side that it was free. I personally did not feel that it was worth the journey.
Written 31 March 2019
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Brucestewart
Livingston, UK8,592 contributions
Small museum that clearly punches above its weight
Jan 2019 • Couples
We came across this museum almost by chance. It proved to be very interesting to me personally as some of the exhibits were devoted to the Belfast Blitz during the Second World War. As it happens my dad was in the Belfast ARP during the war. He had lost a thumb to septicemia in the 1930s so couldn't serve in the armed forces but he did his bit as an ARP volunteer.

There is of course much more to the exhibits on display. The highlight surely has to be the display of material associated with James McGennis VC, the only native of Northern Ireland to be awarded the Victoria Cross during the Second World War. Unfortunately however the VC on display is a copy, not the original.

As the museum wasn't busy when we visited we had the opportunity to have an interesting chat with the curator on duty.

Well worth visiting.
Written 16 January 2019
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andesronj351
Ashburn, VA9 contributions
really worth a visit
Aug 2018 • Couples
It took about 1 hour to walk about and take in everything on display.
we had a fantastic guide - Michael - who patiently explained all there was to know about WW 2's impact on Belfast.
I always take in a few museums on my visits to Ireland and this museum was exceptionally well presented. I knew Belfast was bombed but knew very little about the Belfast Blitz. There were first hand accounts on audio.
Very moving and definitely worth a visit
Written 30 October 2018
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