Ulster Museum

Located within walking distance of Queen’s University, Belfast, the Ulster Museum is one of the largest museums in Northern Ireland. With over 8,000 square meters of display space, it is a treasure trove of historical artefacts, sure to delight visitors of all ages. Exhibitions and collections provide an intriguing glimpse into the history of Northern Ireland, while three interactive discovery zones enhance the experience and excitement for younger visitors to the museum.

The history of “the troubles” in Northern Ireland is carefully charted through an insightful exhibition. Mesmerising dinosaurs stand side by side with ancient and beautiful Irish Wolfhounds, whilst Bronze Age gold jewellery is displayed alongside treasures from the Girona, part of the Spanish Armada that was shipwrecked near the Giant’s Causeway.

The jewel in the crown of the Ulster Museum is Takabuti, the much loved ancient Egyptian mummy who rests on the third floor. Discover more about her culture and how she came to be in Northern Ireland.

The galleries on the upper floor provide a mix of modern and classical arts but be sure to watch out for the truly terrifying fire breathing dragons suspended from the atrium ceiling.

The museum is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. Refreshments are available from the Ulster Museum’s Loaf Cafe which overlooks the stunning grounds of Botanic Garden.

A gift shop is situated in the lobby and is stocked with trinkets and souvenirs so you can take a little piece of the Ulster Museum home with you.

Opening hours:

  • Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 – 17:00

Admission to the museum is free, however, it is advisable to pre-book your visit online.