Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure



We are committed to ensuring the highest standards for our museums and that they continue to develop as attractions both for the local population and our ever increasing visitors.

DCAL are responsible for:

National Museums Northern IrelandOpens new window: NMNI promote the awareness, appreciation and understanding of art, history and science; the culture and way of life of people; and the migration and settlement of people.

National Museums NI hold collections of national significance at its four main sites:

DCAL also provides some financial support for the W5 Opens new window- Interactive Science and Discovery Centre which is a high quality visitor attraction, educational centre and corporate facility.

NI Museums CouncilOpens new window: Acts as the main channel of government support to local (non-centrally funded) museums throughout the north of Ireland.

Armagh Observatory Opens new window: An astronomical research institution founded in 1790 by the Archbishop of Armagh.

Armagh PlanetariumOpens new window: Opened in 1968 with the intention of widening public understanding of astronomy and earth sciences through shows and displays.

Related Links


Click here for the Northern Ireland Digital Register

Click here for Museums Policy for Northern Ireland - summary of consultation responses

Click here for Museums Policy document