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Ulster Museum, Belfast

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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. 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 only had a short time to visit this museum. It is adjacent to the beautiful Botanic Gardens in the University Quarter.. From what I did see it houses an excellent collection of artifacts and exhibit...  more »
  • This gallery is so well laid out-with the top floors dedicated to art works and the lower floors are the museum. Very diverse variety of art, great historic exhibitions and nature displays. Lots of ar...  more »
  • Given it was a little overcast and chilly, we had heard the museum was good and decided to pass some time there. We were welcomed by very interested and interesting staff who quickly acquired for us a...  more »
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  • The largest museum in Northern Ireland located in the Botanic Gardens in Belfast. Includes 3 floors featuring collections of fine art, applied art, archaeology, treasures from the Spanish Armada, local history, botany, zoology and geology. A very educational experience. I especially found the material from the 'Troubles' era very compelling. This amazing museum is free of charge. Anyone can make a monetary donation, but with no pressure...strictly voluntary. I gladly donated and my overall experience was stellar. Very nice staff as well.
  • Great day out, lots of interesting things to see and they even have a few different activity rooms so the kids can be creative. Not bad for being free in all you do is stick a few quid in ad a donation..nice place to go on a sunday afternoon.
  • Probably one of the best museums I have visited in recent years: fascinating collections, well planned and so immersive: whether you're into science, nature, history (one floor for each) or art (two floors), you will definitely find something for yourself there. Your kids will love it too. Please secure good few hours if you want to see all the exhibitions: I think I've spent over 3 hours there and had to miss the whole history section (bummer!) as I ran out of time. Will definitely be coming back though.
  • I recall going here with the entire family. There are interesting items and knowledge to hold children's attention. An amazing museum to go to, it holds the themes to all sorts of topics and never ceases surprise a younger brother or sister.
  • A very well laid out and very extensive museum. Covering the history of the area from the earliest day and to the present. Also an exhibition of a mummy, dinosaur skeletons, extinct animals and a lot more. Use a day or more here. Situated in the botanical gardens, which also deserves a visit.