Exhibitions

Art of the Liner: The Work of Kenneth Shoesmith (1890 - 1939)

This stunning exhibition, which will be on loan from National Museums Northern Ireland, showcases the important work of Kenneth Denton Shoesmith by displaying 30 works from the collection.

A Natural End Exhibition

Local artist Maurice Orr responses to the Shoesmith Collection.

Future Exhibitions

Find out more about the Museum's 2017 exhibition and events programme.

Interactive Collection Wall

Visitors begin their journey when they enter the Museum Atrium, a dramatic fourteen metre high space that contains a number of special installations that are designed to introduce themes of people and place, along with the role of the collection in reflecting local history and identity.

History Gallery

The History Gallery offers intriguing and revealing themes that explore identity, people and place.  The gallery tells the story of mid-Antrim from earliest times to the present day, wrapped in its national and international context.  

Permanent Gallery: The Distant Past: Pre-historic Mid-Antrim

This exhibition looks at the relationship between Early Man and his environment. As humans developed their available range of tools and skills, so they increasingly left their mark on the landscape in the form of haunting stone and earth monuments.

Past Exhibition: Northern Ireland Photographic Association Annual Print Exhibition

This exhibition comprises 100 prints selected from the work of members of Northern Ireland camera clubs.

Past Exhibition: Tale of the Thread & Song of the Quilt Exhibitions

The 'Tale of the Thread' features contemporary quilts inspired by the linen manufacturing process whilst the 'Song of the Quilt' exhibition showcases quilts which have drawn inspiration from popular songs including 'Catch a Falling Star', 'Red Sails in the Sunset' and 'Material Girl'

Past Exhibition: The Battle of Jutland Exhibition

This small panel based exhibition tells the story of the battle and highlighting the local (mid and east Antrim) men who served in this Battle.

Past Exhibition: 1916 Impact & Legacy Exhibition

This exhibition explores the seismic events of the Battle of the Somme and the Easter Rising.

Past exhibition: Holocaust Memorial Day Exhibition

Holocaust Memorial Day (27th January 2016) remembers victims and survivors of the Holocaust and post-Holocaust genocides.

Past Exhibition: International Art Exhibition: North of Myth and North of Home

A print exhibition featuring work from internationally renowned artist Joyce Majiiski and local artist Maurice Orr.  PLEASE NOTE: Gallery has restricted opening hours: 10am - 3pm

Past Exhibition: Ways of Seeing: A Sense of Place

An exhibition of artworks depicting the historic environment in Mid-Antrim.

Past Exhibition: Answer the Call: First World War Recruitment Posters

On loan from National Museums Northern Ireland these powerful original posters illustrate various aspects of the drive for recruitment during the war and include a range of visually-exciting calls for civilian support for the war.

Past Exhibition: Ireland's Eye: RJ Welch Photographs

Selected photographs by Robert John Welch, the leading photographer in Ulster during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, will be on show alongside the Answer the Call exhibition.  This exhibition is on loan from National Museums Northern Ireland.

Past Exhibition: Gallipoli 1915 - 2015: A Local Legacy

A poignant photographic essay created in the autumn of 2014 by award winning local photographer James Hughes. The work features battle sites in Gallipoli where mid-Antrim men served during the ill-fated First World War campaign. Supported by Northern Ireland Museums Council.

Past Exhibition: NI Photographic Association Annual Exhibition

One hundred framed colour and mono print images will be on display representing the best selected images provided by NIPA camera clubs around the province.

Past Exhibition: Building Legacies: The Architectural Heritage of Charles Lanyon in Mid-Antrim

Part of Mid Antrim Museum Service community engagement initiative, this touring exhibition highlights the life and work of Sir Charles Lanyon, Architect, in the Mid Antrim area.

Past exhibition: Rural life in the 1940's

This unique exhibition takes a nostalgic look at a way of life that vanished quickly after the war.  

Past Exhibition: Holocaust Memorial Day Display 2015

Holocaust Memorial Day (27th January) remembers victims and survivors of the Holocaust. This years theme is 'Keep The Memory Alive'.  

Past Exhibition: Across the Hawthorn Hedge the Noise of Bugles

This exhibition will focus on the impact and legacy of the First World War on the local area, set within a national and international context.  

Past Exhibition: Humanity in War: Frontline Photography Since 1860

Humanity in War takes the viewer on a chronological journey of some of the worlds most tragic events through the archive photographic collection of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in Geneva.  

Past Exhibition: Log Cabin to Lightning Streak: Patchwork Quilts from Mid-Antrim

This colourful exhibition celebrates patchwork quilts from the past and present.

Past Exhibition: A Sense of the Past Touring Exhibition

'A Sense of the Past' presents insights into the social history of blindness in Northern Ireland from 1800, through wartime, right up to present day.

Past Exhibition: Exploring Spaces Exhibition

'Exploring Spaces' is a group exhibition curated by Marianne O'Kane Boal, comprising video, drawing, projection, installation, painting and sculpture.

Past Exhibition: Undeclared: Interiors & People of Istanbul

Internationally renowned photographer from Ballymena, James Hughes, will show his latest work which documents the interior and exterior fabric of Istanbul, where he currently teaches.  

Past Exhibition: Northern Ireland Photographic Association Annual Exhibition

This exhibition comprises 76 prints selected from the work of members of Northern Ireland camera clubs.

Past Exhibition: Holocaust Memorial Day Display

To mark Holocaust Memorial Day the Mid-Antrim Museum will be showing the locally produced film 'Looking Back, Looking Forward' in the museum atrium.

Past Exhibition: Treasures of the Middle Ages: Archaeological Finds from Poland

On loan from the State Archaeological Museum in Warsaw, this stunning exhibition of jewellery created by medieval Slavs showcases the finest of early medieval artistic craftsmanship.  

Past Exhibition: Christmas Toy Exhibition: No Batteries Required

Set aside the stress of shopping for the latest Wii and step back in time to enjoy this festive exhibition exploring the world of toys that entertained children in generations past.  

Past Exhibition: From Tullygrawley School: Creativity in a County Classroom

This exhibition showcases the inspired art work of pupils attending Tullygrawley Public Elementary School, Cullybackey under the direction of their Headmaster RL Russell.  

Past Exhibition: RDS National Crafts Competition Travelling Exhibition

Regarded as one of the largest competitive platforms for Craft in Europe, the RDS brings an international panel of judges to Ireland to adjudicate its 20 category RDS National Crafts Competition

Past Exhibition: Listen to your place!

A project collecting soundscapes and compositions based on recordings from various places in Northern Ireland.  

Past Exhibition: The Project of Plantation Exhibition

The plantation of Ulster 400 years ago had a profound influence on the development of the North of Ireland.  Along with maps and other archival material, this exhibition draws on recent archaeoloical evidence which has unearthed a story which challenges common perception of this period.

Past Exhibition: The Covenanters in Ulster exhibition

Through a series of attractively-produced display banners, this exhibition tells the story of the Covenanters in Ulster.  

Past Exhibition: Stitching and Unstitching the Troubles Exhibition

As part of the North East PEACE III Partnership's Cultural Fusions project, Stitching and unstitching The Troubles explores the multi-layered impact of local and international conflict through textile artworks known as arpilleras.

Past Exhibition: My Treasure Exhibition

Behid every treasured object is a story, revealing much about our individual personal histories, customs abnd traditions.

Past Exhibition: Shared History: Different Allegiances: 1912-1914

Exploring the people and the events that helped to shape Belfast and the wider mid- Antrim area one hundred years ago.

Past Exhibition: Memories of Carnlough

This small exhibition of early photographs of Carnlough has been drawn entirely from local man, the late Mr Jim McNeill's, private collection.

Past exhibition: Megaliths of Northern Ireland exhibition

Megalithic tombs and stone circles were built by people living in Ireland around 6000 years ago.  How were they built and why were they so important?

Past exhibition: Holocaust Memorial Day Exhibition

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2013 is 'Communities Together: Build a Bridge'

Past Exhibition: Titanic Honour & Glory Exh / Titanic Photographic Exh

Titanic Honour & Glory exhibition was launched 10 years ago and is a national touring exhibition that prides itself in preserving the history of the Titanic and the White Star Line.

Past Exhibition: 'Double Vision: Young Curators' Exhibition

This special exhibition has been curated by two groups of young people from Ballymena and Sligo.

Past Exhibition: Northern Ireland Photographic Association Annual Print Exhibition

This exhibition comprises 76 prints selected from the work of members of Northern Ireland camera clubs.

'Double Vision' launch in Sligo

On February 11th Dunclug Youth Forum travelled to The Model in Sligo to attend the launch of an exhibition they have co- curated with youth in Sligo, entitled Double Vision.

Past Exhibition: Ulster's Sporting Heroes

Mid-Antrim Museum will mark the London Olympics by hosting a travelling exhibition by the Ulster Sports Museum Association which highlights Ulster's past sporting achievements to inspire young people to get involved and excel in sport

Past exhibition: CHINA: Through the Lens of John Thomson 1868-72

Internationally acclaimed photographic exhibition comes to Ballymena

Past exhibition: Diamond Jubilee Display

The Mid-Antrim Museum at The Braid celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II with a display of royal memorabilia from its collection.

Past Exhibition: Vis Art Exhibition

Ballymena Arts Festival presents the annual Vis Art Exhibition.

Past Exhibition: War Years Remembered Exhibition

One of the most popular exhibitions on display in recent years makes a welcome return this March.  

Past Exhibition: Walking The Colours Exhibition

Exploring our community traditions of parades, processions and marches.

Past Exhibition: Photographic Alliance Exhibition

The Mid-Antrim Museum is hosting The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain Inter-Federation Print Exhibition 2011 between 10 November and 23 February 2012.  

Past Exhibition: Holocaust Film 2012

The theme for HMD 2012 (27 January) asks us all to Speak Up, Speak Out to create a safer, better future.

Past Exhibition: Exploring Your Roots: Family History Exhibition

Explore the fascinating collections of archival records, everyday objects and photographs.  Find out how museums bring to life the world of our ancestors.

Past Exhibition: 1st Cullybackey Scout Group Exhibition

This year 1st Cullybackey Scout Group are celebrating their 75th anniversary.  

Past Exhibition: The Screaming Silence of the Wind Exhibition

Experience landscape art through imagery, sound and texture

Past Exhibition: Craft Month

Craft Northern Ireland and the Crafts Council of Ireland have designated 2011 as Year of Craft.

Past Exhibition: Legends in the Landscape

This exhibition explores some of Mid-Antrim's most legendary stories and compares them with the recorded history of the sites concerned.  

Past Exhibtion: Anne Frank & Family Photographic Exhibition

Anne Frank's diary is one of the most famous and widely read diaries in the world but now a different aspect of Anne Frank's life has been put into pictures.      

Past Exhibitions - Farming In Mid-Antrim & From Tullygrawley School

Two complementary exhibitions explores farming and school life from the early to mid-twentieth century.

Past Exhibition: A Common Thread

A Common Thread Exhibition - quilts and embroidery inspired by the poetry of the Rhyming Weavers

Past exhibition: 'FLOW' Joint Art Exhibition

'Flow'  is a joint art exhibition between the Department of Finance and Personnel in Northern Ireland and the Office of Public Works (Republic of Ireland). This is the thirteenth annual joint exhibition between the two Departments and features forty pieces of government owned artworks.

Past Exhibition: Private Collection of Wartime/Home Rule Memorabilia

Local man, Mr John Pattison, has been invited by the Mid-Antrim Museum to display his rare and substantial collection of Great War, Second World War and Home Rule artefacts in The Braid during the month of August.

Past Exhibition: Peace III Cultural Fusions Exhibitions

These two exhibitions 'The Art of the Troubles' and 'Images of Ireland: The Politics of Culture, 1886-1916' have been developed through the PEACE III Cultural Fusions programme.

Past Exhibition: Ballymena: The War Years Remembered

This exhibition is a must see for anyone interested in the two major military conflicts of the Twentieth Century.

Past Exhibition: Cambridge House: A Centenary History

Cambridge House first opened its doors at 1 Audley Terrace on Tuesday 1 February 1910.

Past Exhibition: Divine Inspiration- Remarkable books and prints

In the sesquicentennial year of the 1859 Ulster Revival, this exhibition highlights how remarkable objects reflect faith both locally and globally.

Past Exhibition: Holocaust - The Legacy of Hope Exhibition

27 January 2010, Holocaust Memorial Day, marks the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.  

Past Exhibition: 70th Anniversary Exhibition: Seven Ages of Ballymena

This year Ballymena Borough Council celebrates seventy years in existence.  

Past Exhibition: Museum Matters: Accessing Ireland's Heritage

An exhibition celebrating the role of museums in preserving our shared heritage.

Past Exhibition: NIPA Annual Print Exhibition 2009

The Northern Ireland Photographic Association (NIPA) annual print exhibition comprises 75 prints selected from the work of members of Northern Ireland camera clubs.

Past Exhibition: A Celebration of Community History

A Celebration of Community History is the Mid-Antrim Museums Service's Making History exhibition showcasing the achievements of local community groups in Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey.

Past Exhibition: From Tullygrawley School: creativity in a country classroom

RL Russell taught for 34 years, from 1923 until 1957, as Master at Tullygrawley Public Elementary School in Cullybackey. This exhibition celebrates the extraordinary artistic results that Russell obtained from his pupils.

Past Exhibition: The Kindertransport Journey: From memory to history

The regional commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day is organised each year by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister in co-operation with representatives of the Belfast Jewish Community and other interested groups. In association with the commemoration,  the exhibition, The Kindertransport Journey... Memory into History will be on display at the Mid-Antrim Museum at The Braid until Saturday 14th February 2009.

Past Exhibition: The People's Choice: Your Favourite Things

This exhibition features objects from the museum collection chosen by over forty people from the local community. Come along and vote for your favourite object from those on display!

Past Exhibition: Arts Council of Northern Ireland Recent Acquisitions 2003-2007 touring exhibition

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland touring exhibition of recent acquisitions purchased since 2003 includes the work of both emerging and established artists who are from Northern Ireland or who work here.

Past Exhibition: Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day (27th January 2011) remembers victims and survivors of the Holocaust.

Virtual Exhibitions

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