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 1:30pm-3:30pm on Tuesday 23 July 2024. We will reopen from 3:30pm-4:30pm.

Dementia friendly

Our staff have undertaken dementia awareness training and we are working to become a Dementia Friendly venue with the support of the Alzheimer’s Society and the Northern Ireland Museums Council.

All our workshops are designed to be engaging, enjoyable and multi-sensory for people living with dementia. We use object handling, reminiscence, music, and movement.

We can also provide Dementia Friendly Workshops virtually.

Dementia friendly


Reminiscence can improve a person’s emotional wellbeing. In our reminiscence workshops we use objects and photographs from the museum collection to stimulate conversations about the past.

We host reminiscence workshops in the museum, and we can deliver outreach sessions where your group meets, for example at a residential homes or community centre.

Find out more about our Reminiscence Workshops below:

Reminiscence Workshops PDF

Reminiscence Workshop Word Document

Dementia friendly

Sing for Victory workshops

Look back at life in the past and sing-along to songs from the 1940s with live piano by Music Therapist Karen Diamond.

We offer Sing for Victory workshops in the museum monthly or as required. If your group would like to book a workshop, please get in touch.

Find out more about our Sing for Victory Workshops below:

Sing for Victory Workshops PDF

Sing for Victory Workshops Word Document

Dementia friendly

Reminiscence Loan Boxes

Our loan boxes contain objects and guidance notes designed to help activity therapists and community group leaders facilitate enjoyable reminiscence sessions.

Find out more about our Reminiscence Loan Boxes below:

Reminiscence Loan Boxes PDF

Reminiscence Loan Boxes Word Document

Watch our Reminiscence Loan Box Video to find out more

Dementia friendly

Free Sing for Victory CD

Based on our Sing for Victory Workshops, our Sing for Victory CD features 18 wartime songs for older people to enjoy at home. We’ve also created a Sing for Victory Songbook which contains lyrics and suggested chair-based exercises.

Download the British Gymnastics Foundation exercise booklet for further instructions on the exercises.

For a free copy of the CD (while stocks last) please email outreach@niwarmemorial.org

Dementia Friendly

Blitz 80 Reminiscence Packs

Our Blitz 80 Reminiscence Pack highlights objects and stories from the museum collection to create an engaging and multi-sensory experience for community groups and care homes. Each pack includes:

  • Reminiscence guidance
  • First-hand Accounts of the Belfast Blitz
  • A Commemorative Craft Activity

Our Reminiscence Packs have been designed for use with people of various ages and are ideal for connecting people with the past and creating conversations about life.

Download a Reminiscence pack below:

Blitz 80 Reminiscence Pack PDF

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