We’re open Monday to Friday from 10am-4:30pm and EVERY Saturday from 12pm-4pm. Free admission, no booking required. Please note: The NIWM will be closed from 12:00pm - 2:30pm on Thursday 13 June 2024 for our AGM.

Collection Archive

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Lennon Collection
These items belonged to the late Jim Lennon and his comrades who served in the 8th (Belfast) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment. Pictured is a regimental bush hat (NIWM:2012.1750) Find out more
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Porter Scrapbook
A 52 page scrapbook by Betty Porter who witnessed the Belfast VE Day Celebrations from City Hall. NIWM:2015.2110 Find out more
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Bainbridge Collection
Lt J. R. Bainbridge was an official war photographer in Northern Ireland during the Second World War whilst his wife, Kathleen, volunteered as a Red Cross Nurse. Find out more
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McCord Collection
James McCord was the Master of Art at Methodist College, Belfast, as well as an Air Raid Warden. McCord used his artistic skills and satire to record his experiences in the ARP. Find out more
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First World War Collection
Although we are primarily a Second World War Home Front Museum, we do hold a small First World War collection. Pictured are the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, British War Medal and Allied Victory Medal that belonged to Sergeant Christopher John Carr. (NIWM:2018.2326.03-05) Find out more
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Nicholl Collection
Inspired by the story of Holocaust survivor Helen Lewis, the Nicholl Collection consists of sixty faces of Holocaust victims painted in oils onto handkerchiefs by artist Leslie Nicholl. The above image (NIWM:2019.2410.02) is off Helen. Find out more


Our Museum Collection contains 1,000s of fascinating and unique objects from artworks to uniforms and photographs to radios.

The main themes are the Belfast Blitz, the Allied presence, and the Home front during the Second World War. We care for, conserve and display these items so that we can continue to tell the story of how Northern Ireland was affected by the Second World War.

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