Orange Order museum to throw open its doors

Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, Edward Stevenson (left), and Deputy Grand Master Harold Henning outside the new Museum of Orange Heritage in east Belfast
Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, Edward Stevenson (left), and Deputy Grand Master Harold Henning outside the new Museum of Orange Heritage in east Belfast

An exciting new chapter in the history of the Orange Institution will begin on Monday with the opening of a major interpretative centre in east Belfast.

Visitors to the state-of-the-art building, the Museum of Orange Heritage at the Institution’s Cregagh Road headquarters, will be able to view a wealth of items and artefacts and avail of superb interactive and audio visual technologies to learn more about the history of Orangeism.

Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland Edward Stevenson said the interpretative centre at Schomberg House symbolises an “exciting new dawn for Orangeism”.

“Today is a truly iconic, historic and landmark moment for the Orange Institution, representing a shift change in our outreach to the wider community,” he said.

“The Orange tradition has a story to tell and it is fantastic to be able to share and showcase our heritage to a large audience, through the means of a modern interpretative centre.

“Such a facility has never before been available anywhere in the British Isles, and we are immensely proud of our product.”

The Belfast facility aims to promote shared space and greater levels of reconciliation through education. It is a joint project with the refurbished Sloan’s House in Loughgall, Co Armagh, which opens next week.

The Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast will be open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm (normally closed on Mondays).

The centre will stay open until 8pm on Thursdays.

Admission for adults is £4.50, children £2, and those under 10 free.

The official opening of the new museum is due to take place on Wednesday.