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“Big bellows & big ships - 4 free!”

Larne Museum & Arts Centre
Ranked #7 of 34 things to do in Larne
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Owner description: Built in 1905, this historic building opened its doors to the public in 1906 as the Carnegie Free Library following financial assistance from the American millionaire and philanthropist Mr Andrew Carnegie. The building is now home to Larne Museum & Arts Centre. The main gallery hosts permanent displays reflecting the agricultural, industrial, military and maritime history of the area. The temporary gallery plays host to a variety of temporary exhibitions throughout the year. These can include in-house or touring exhibitions and exhibitions by local groups and individuals. The building is also home to Larne Drama Circle and Larne Art Club. A number of events are held throughout the year which can include family fun days, education programmes, musical evenings, storytelling, murder mysteries, art workshops and more.
Reviewed 18 July 2012

The Larne Museum and Arts Center is well worth a visit. They say they're the venue for Larne Drama Circle, Larne Art Club and the Larne and District Historical Society. I've never been to their events, just into the museum's exhibits.

Downstairs there's a museum of all sorts of local stuff. I loved a giant pair of bellows from a blacksmith's place. There's a bizarre barrel of a butter churn with an eyepiece for looking inside (that baffled me). Larne has LOTS of history, and everyone can find something to interest them here. The staff are very friendly, and cheerfully answered my many questions.

From now until the 31st August 2012 the upstairs gallery is hosting the Titanic Honour and Glory exhibition. It's free. Lots of White Star Line stuff, a DVD you can control, and some star items never seen on these shores before: a window from the Olympic, sister ship of the Titanic, and (amazingly) a lifeboat plaque from one of the Titanic's lifeboats. It is real, it was there on that terrible voyage.

The downstairs room currently has the ‘Memories of Carnlough’ display.

Entry is free, but sometimes there's a small charge to see into special visiting exhibits. One I paid to see last year was the Walking With Dinosaurs show. The 12 year old boy inside me loved every bit of it. Big replica skulls and claws, paintings, models used for the TV show, one real fossil skeleton and a full colour replica allosaurus eyeballing you from one corner of the room.

It is a great place to call into whenever you visit Larne, to see whatever new shows they have of old (or even prehistoric) stuff. The Museum is open Monday -Saturday, 10.00am- 4.30pm each day.

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