This major venue in Belfast’s cathedral quarter houses extensive gallery space alongside a dance studio, theatres and workshop rooms.

The design for the MAC, fully named the Metropolitan Arts Centre, was chosen following an open call for submissions from architects across the world. Practices in Japan, the USA, Australia and England applied, but it was local Belfast-based firm Hackett Hall McKnight who were appointed to lead the task. The striking seven-storey building features a glazed tower, an open atrium and three art galleries. 

Since opening to the public in 2012 the MAC has established an ambitious programme of contemporary visual art, featuring commissioned work by the likes of Kara Walker, Colin Darke and Richard Gorman.

The MAC was one of the finalists for Museum of the Year 2015. To find out more about why it made the short list, watch our video.

Visitor information

A range of dance, theatre, comedy, music, talks and workshop are also hosted in the building. The MAC's cafe serves contemporary cuisine and cocktails.

Download or stream our free audio guide to the MAC​, provided by VocalEyes, a nationwide audio description charity that provides access to the arts for blind and partially sighted people.

Venue details

The MAC 10 Exchange Street West, Belfast County Antrim BT1 2NJ 028 9023 5053

Entry details

Free to all

Mon – Sun, 10am – 7pm
Closed 25 Dec