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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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  • I was in Belfast for a few days and visited the museum, twice. There was a photographic exhibition about the 'Troubles' which was good to see- if you know what I mean (terrible times) Enjoyed the mesu...  more »
  • Good museum with good overview of history. The section on the Armada with artefacts from Spanish boats shipwrecked off Ireland is fascinating. Currently a good art exhibition of Lavery pictures contra...  more »
  • It's a nice bright space to walk into. The plan of the museum isn't easy to navigate. We had to get an attendant to take us to the toilets which weren't where we thought they were! I'd recommend the c...  more »
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  • One of my all time favourite museums. It’s newly refurbished Troubles gallery is brave and does the topic justice. Highly recommend this museum to all I meet. Love the Game of Thrones Tapestry
  • Well varied exhibitions! We especially appreciated the art gallery number 1, the exhibition on gems as well as on Game of Thrones. Had a wonderful time and were impressed with the activity program offered for kids! Great job!
  • Fantastic service throughout, from the busy Cafe to the shop and the displays, especially those that involve children in a fantastic and artistic way. Beautiful displays although i do miss some of the older paintings that have been replaced i thoroughly enjoy a day trip here, learning more and more on every visit.
  • Visited this museum with the family. As soon as you walk in the front door there is a big money pot asking for a donation, this is because it is free admission. Please put what you can in the pot because believe me you will not be disappointed. There is loads to see and it is very rare these days to come across a museum like this which is free of charge. We absolutely loved and you will too.
  • A first rate resource in beautiful setting. Would love to see opening hours extend into at least one evening.
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