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Ulster Museum, Belfast

4.6
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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. Plan a Belfast trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • Free admission, Museum of great, interesting! Ulster Museum I liked all the museums in Dublin.
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  • Was really impressed with the variety and size of the place. So much to see and really enjoyed the Egyptian exhibit. Was quite a lot of screaming kids but that's not the museum fault.  more »
  • We went to see the Royal Ulster Academy annual exhibition which was worthwhile. There were a wide range of artists exhibiting with some very powerful portraits. The museum was heaving with children go...  more »
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  • This is a fantastic Museum. So much to see you could spend an entire day wandering round. Beautifully laid out which means it never really feels crowded even when there are hundreds of visitors attending at the same time. The shop is amazing and is packed with beautiful gifts to suit everyone. The famous ' Dippy' the dinosaur is arriving in September 2018 and is really worth seeing. Admission is free and the staff are friendly and helpful.
  • Recently had a visit here, first time from the upgrade a few years ago (if I'm not mistaken) was lovely to have a walk around the building and see the magnificent art and history. The staff were friendly, welcoming and helpful. It was a Friday afternoon and not too busy, was not pushed to go through the exhibitions at any other pase but my own. It was nice and I would recommend it.
  • Because the museum is free, I think that makes up for a lot of the stuff in there. Some of the exhibits aren't as exciting as others. The history can be interesting, especially the section about the troubles. Other things like the fine arts section wasn't as interesting. Definitely worth a visit (it's free, why not!)
  • Great exhibits. I went, thinking I'd spend 20 min but was finally ushered politely out a few minutes after closing! Was most enraptured by The Troubles, exhibit of Belfast's & Nor. Ire.'s sad socio-political street wars. The triceratops, narwhal horn, & huge wolfhound, & others were amazing too.
  • Very good for a relatively small museum. Good for Irish history. Fine exhibitions on art and the structure of earth.
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