10 reasons to visit Northern Ireland's museums

Step into one of Northern Ireland's many museums and you'll emerge smarter, happier and more inspired.

Enniskillen Castle houses the Fermanagh County Museum which has award-winning displays: 'Country People, Country Places: 'The Making of a Landscape', which gives insight into Fermanagh's natural history, archaeology and rural lifestyle.

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Get up close to precious artefacts from the Spanish Armada shipwreck, La Trinidad Valencera, at the Tower Museum in Londonderry.
Take a peek at one of Titanics actual portholes, sympathise with incredible personal stories and marvel at the 500 original artefacts recovered from the seabed in the TITANICa exhibition at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Be inspired by a stronghold dripping with history, archaeology, art, folk life and one of the best public collections of Belleek pottery around at Enniskillen Castle Museums.
Step aboard a life-sized emigrant ship and visualise the human drama behind centuries of Irish emigration at the Ulster American Folk Park.
Spot water birds, farmland, woodland and garden birds, as well as a collection of stuffed mammals, in the natural history collections at Armagh County Museum.
Put yourself in the frame of old photographs and picture the island dwelling of yesteryear through displays and artefacts at the Rathlin Boathouse Visitor Centre and Museum.
Look down the barrel of a torpedo and be intrigued by the drama of the greatest naval battle ever fought in its only surviving ship, HMS Caroline , Northern Irelands newest floating museum.
Meet Dippy the Diplodocus as part of his road trip across the UK - his first time out of London since 1905. (Free but booking is recommended).
Be amazed at the 1,100 year-old carvings on the dramatically reconstructed Downpatrick High Cross at Down County Museum.
Appreciate fine linen creations through the work of Sybil Connolly, once Irelands leading clothes designer, at the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum.