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Museum at The Mill

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Museum at The Mill invites visitors of all ages to explore the history and heritage of Mossley Mill. Housed within what was originally the wet spinning floor of the mill, the museum tells the story of Mossley Mill and the people who worked there from the 1800s to the mill’s closure in 1996. 

The museum also features the development of the mill in recent years as a civic and cultural centre and important site for natural heritage. Many features, such as the mill pond, have been preserved and enhanced to support the area’s biodiversity. The pond is one of three that used to supply the mill with water. This important wetland habitat is now an ‘urban pond’ filled with freshwater wildlife. 

Through a range of colourful displays including artefacts, images and archival film, you can explore both the past and present of this unique historical site. 

The museum conveys a real sense of the people who worked in the mill and their stories and histories.

Mossley Mill App

Check out the new digital app that will help you explore the whole site from The Mill dam right down to the woodland of the Newtownabbey Way. Available on the itunes and google playstore.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Normal Opening Times:

Monday to Thursday 10am – 5pm
Friday 10am – 4pm
Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: Closed
Current & Upcoming Exhibitions:

Flax Gallery Exhibitions

General admission is free.

Group visits and tours can be arranged for specific dates and times.  Charges are available on request.

Free car and coach parking is available.

Museum at The Mill is located on the Lower Ground floor of:

Mossley Mill
Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council
Carnmoney Road North
Co. Antrim
BT36 5QA
Tel: 028 9034 0129

You can enter the Museum either through the main Mossley Mill reception or via the entrance opposite the main Theatre doors.

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Cultural Life

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Flax Gallery

The Flax Gallery is the museum’s contemporary display space which plays hosts to a diverse range of exhibitions throughout the year. This purpose built venue provides a showcase for both new and established artists, supports local group exhibitions and provides the perfect setting for touring exhibitions of regional, national and international interest.

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Cultural Life

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The Workshop

The Museum Workshop is the venue for a whole range of arts and craft workshops and courses held throughout the year. For details of programming please take a look at the What’s On Section of this website.

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Kid's Corner

The Museum has a dedicated family space where adults can relax and children can play. From colouring sheets and quizzes to the Museum Detectives backpack there is plenty to do for everyone. Backpacks can be borrowed and used to explore the whole Mossley Mill site from the mill pond to the mill woodland. Contents include binoculars, magnifiers and colour paddles along with lots of activity ideas.

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Digital Film Archive

The museum is the setting for one of Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archives. The film archive contains over 70 hours of moving images from Northern Ireland from 1897 to 2000. Items include drama, animation, documentaries and newsreels. It is a fantastic resource for teachers, students, historians and anyone who has an interest in moving images.

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Hire of Facilities

Museum at The Mill, the Flax Gallery and the Museum Workshop are all available to hire as unusual and quirky event spaces. Bookings are discussed on an individual basis to accommodate public opening times

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The Museum is fully accessible and includes induction loops for audio-visual displays, baby changing facilities, lift access and accessible toilets. If you have any concerns about access please contact us before visiting.