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.


Free to all

10 Exchange Street West, Belfast, County Antrim, BT1 2NJ

02890 235053


Opening times

Wed – Sun, 10am – 4pm

We’re excited to welcome you to the MAC with a wonderful new exhibition programme and we hope you’ll grab a coffee and a bun while you’re here. We’ve missed you, because you make the MAC what it is. Some things are different to how they were before; but others, such as the quality of our welcome, are just the same.

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes and making some changes to how we do things. We’ve reopened with carefully planned social distancing and safety measures in place. We’ve also ticketed our exhibitions to help us manage visitor numbers.

With a National Art Pass you get

10% off in café
Valid until December 2022

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