The Irish Linen Centre showcases one of Ireland's best known industries.
This award-winning museum in Lisburn's 17th century Market House offers a perfect outing, which brings the history of linen to life. Visitors can see the heritage of craft skills in the daily demonstrations of spinning and hand loom weaving and can admire the treasures of costume and damask linen.
This centre also showcases events and exhibitions which recreate and honour Lisburn's rich, local history.
FLAX TO FABRIC EXHIBITION
Irish Linen was famed throughout the world for its elegance and quality. Follow the story of linen and trace its world-wide connections. Situated in Lisburn’s 17th century Market House, this permanent exhibition features the story of the Irish linen industry from earliest times and includes skilled demonstrations of hand spinning of flax and hand loom weaving of fine linen cloth on original looms. Visitors can see the finest costume, dress and household linens dating from a past when Irish linen from Lisburn was known world-wide.
SEVENTEENTH CENTURY LISBURN
An exhibition celebrating the origins of Lisburn in the 1609 grant of the lands of Killultagh by King James I to the Conway family and telling the rich story of Lisburn's life in the 17th century. The exhibition features paintings, maps, fine objects, books and artefacts discovered during the excavation of Castle Gardens.