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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. Plan a Belfast trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • Free museum - we went there for the game of thrones tapestry which was excellent. However we also went to the cafe which was quite nice = although currently being done up. lots of other good collectio...  more »
  • Three sections - History, Art and Nature. A section of the former was being reconstructed I think but there was lots to see. I skipped most of the nature section as am not interested in stuffed animal...  more »
  • Great museum, very informative on Ireland's history and the Egyptian exhibit was fascinating! Reception staff kindly let me keep my guitar with them instead of lugging it about too!  more »
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  • The Ulster Museum is an amazing place to visit. All the exhibition zones are wonderful but especially at the moment the display of Weeping Poppies and The Game of Thrones tapestry. Could not bieve the length of it and the work involved. Would thoroughly recommend a visit. It is free but donations are welcome.
  • Game of Thrones Tapestry I was a big fan of the Bayeux Tapestry and when I heard about this even bigger tapestry I had to see it. And wow is it big, it just keep going, unlike the Bayeux you are able to get really close. So close you can see each and every individual stitch. I spoke to the embroiders who were stitching the detail for episode 1 - I believe they have used gold & silver threads. There is even a cool projector showing you what they are weaving that week! I’m not a big GOT fan but that didn't matter I couldn't get over the detail and the craftsmanship, the more time I took the more I spotted, they even allow you to take photos (that wasn't the case in Bayeux). I did see one funny guy who knew every scene and insisted showing his friend on his phone. I'm not sure how long it's going to be up for at the Ulster Museum but it's well worth a visit, what a great piece of art, one to go down in history I’d say. A big 10/10 for me
  • Great experience, so much to see and take in and all for FREE. nice to leave a donation though. At the moment the poppy display and Game of Thrones tapestry are BRILLIANT
  • 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.
  • Recently renovated, and they are now updating outside... Great for young kids, my boy loves this place... They also do birthday parties and sleepover nights

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Belfast's tourist-friendly and conveniently pedestrianized city center is filled with hotels for a range of budgets. From here, you can easily explore most tourist sites on foot or by bicycle. For an authentic Belfast experience, consider booking a room at a B&B, hostel, or guesthouse. Alternatively, international brand names and boutique one-offs offer top-notch amenities. The city center also houses nightclubs and pubs, where you can enjoy an ice-cold pint and mingle with the locals.
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