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Ulster Museum, Belfast

Categories: Natural History Museums, History Museums, Museums
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4.4/5 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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  • Museum where to learn the history of Ireland, since the beginnings of civilization to the present day. Free entrance.
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  • We were filling time before our early evening flight home and so wish we had had more time here. Lots to see on different floors and a interactive children's area. Dinosaurs, wild animals, precious st...  read more »
  • Love coming here! A great place to take the kids to have fun and learn something. I personal love the art exhibitions and come back every year to see the ulster academy pieces. I have also seen opera ...  read more »
  • Fantastically eclectic exhibits in a cool building leading visitors through art, history and science. Kids well catered for in the experience rooms. Moving exhibition about the troubles. Great physics and materials displays. Set near to the botanical gardens, it's worth a visit. Free entry - even to the showcase exhibits
  • Interesting place with a lot of informative exhibits. Modern, clean and airy - a great place to take anyone of any age. Definitely worth taking the time to explore and read all about the history of the installations.
  • Quite good Museum, with a bit of everything. The gallery part is a bit lacking, however I would recommend coming here! The café is a bit boring and the coffee is nothing special.
  • A must visit especially on rainy day just great for a walk around so much to see and do. Regular special exhibitions keep things fresh.
  • Nice for a walk round of your nearby and the special exhibitions are great (the BP portrait of the year exhibition was on recently), but feels very dated otherwise.
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