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Ulster Museum, Belfast
(4.5/5 based on 2,000+ reviews on the web)
The clean, crisp interior of Ulster Museum is contained within an elegant building close to Belfast’s city center. Highlights of the extensive collection here include relics from the Spanish Armada, nearly three dozen Sir John Lavery paintings that the famed Irish portraitist donated himself, and works from maritime painter Kenneth Shoesmith. You'll also find archaeological items dating to the Stone Age, militaria, and items from world cultures across the globe such as samurai armor and war canoes from the Solomon Islands. Check out the exhibits telling the natural history of the island of Ireland through taxidermied mammals, wildlife, and 100,000 preserved plants and fungi including mosses, ferns, and lichens. In addition to free admission, the museum offers a free daily welcome tour (except Saturdays). Check the website for a schedule. A visit to Ulster Museum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Belfast itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • I went on my own and enjoyed it. I ended up skipping around from one era of history to another. I found it hard to follow their floor plan chronologically. I thought the way they did the exhibit about...  more »
  • First time to the Ulster Museum, but really enjoyed it. The floors are well laid out, and the different areas were all very interesting. Not too busy at all, which always makes for a pleasant visit. W...  more »
  • Museums aren't always for everyone but this little gem has something for everyone especially the kids. If you want somewhere to go in the rain then this is it. It should be noted that the museum sits ...  more »
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  • A Fantastical jewel 💎 of knowledge & treasures. Very visually displayed ranging from gems of intellectual knowledge,thought provoking created pieces of visual science & art materials,well preserved & positioned & displayed artefacts including creatures less common. Including geological & botanical wonders to fascinate & ignite the imagination, also a great deal of historical information. Something for everyone to enjoy from ice age to space age with good facilities. All in all for size of the building probably one of the most intellectually thought out in regards of inspirational awakening towards history art & science that has been cleverly visually presented mixed with modern technology. Without a doubt one of the most enjoyable museums I have viewed & quite definitely worthy of numerous visits.
  • An excellent place which encompasses many aspects of history from geology to art. Science and technology are represented equally with a very diverse exhibition. I've lived in NI all my life and only recently visited here. Definitely a good visit.
  • Highly recommend this as somewhere to visit, there's so much to see so a good few hours will be needed. The exhibition on the troubles is informative and sensitive. The exhibition on the elements/atomic table is amazing! There's an area upstairs for kids to draw. There's a lift and wheelchair lift for the areas where there are a few steps, though there's no seats (apart from in the art areas) if you need a sit down. The cafe was well priced&the food was decent.
  • A good place to go to learn about Ulster. I went primarily to see the modern history gallery, which was a great exhibition. The rest of the museum was nice to see as well. It's fairly small so not a lot of time is needed to see everything (it took me an hour to walk through every room, occasionally stopping to read a plaquard).
  • The Ulster museum is one of the best places in Belfast to spend an afternoon. The elements exhibit on the second floor is a particular highlight. There are three rooms, discover history, discover nature and discover art, which have friendly staff there to teach kids (and adults!) about their topics. The staff are all incredibly helpful and entrance is always free (though there are occasionally paid exhibitions).