Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Passport: Your weekly travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration

Northern Ireland Sights

Ulster Museum

  • Fodor's Choice

Fodor's Review

Next door to the Botanic Gardens, the rejuvenated Ulster Museum is a big hit with visitors for its spacious light-filled atrium and polished steel. The museum's forte is the history and prehistory of Ireland, using exhibitions to colorfully trace the rise of Belfast's crafts, trade, and industry, and offering a reflective photographic archive of the Troubles. In addition, the museum has a large natural history section, with a famed skeleton of the extinct Irish giant deer and a trove of jewelry and gold ornaments recovered from the Spanish Armada vessel Girona, which sank off the Antrim Coast in 1588. Take time to seek out the Girona's stunning gold salamander studded with rubies and still dazzling after 400 years in the Atlantic. The museum includes a first-rate collection of 19th- and 20th-century art from Europe, Britain, and America. The new Modern History gallery, opened in 2014, tells the story of Ulster from 1500 to 1968 and the outbreak of the Troubles. Along with

audiovisual presentations and interactive exhibits, the gallery shows a remarkable range of objects from the history collection, many on display for the first time. The art, history, and nature discovery zones are packed with hands-on activities for children. Kids enjoy the Peter the Polar Bear exhibit and the famed Egyptian mummy, Takabuti. There's an innovative 360-degree light-and-sound immersive experience, museum shop, café, and restaurant. Sunday morning is the quietest time to visit, but go early before the crowds. Afterwards, lay out a picnic in the Belfast Botanical Gardens next door.

Read More

Sight Information


Stranmillis Rd., Belfast, BT9 5AB, Northern Ireland




Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Tues.–Sun. 10–5. Closed Mon., except for Northern Irish holidays


What's Nearby

  • Sights
  • Hotels

See all sights in Northern Ireland

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?




Don't Miss



No Thanks

Love To Travel?

Get FREE e-mail communications from Fodor's Travel, covering must-see travel destinations, expert trip planning advice, and travel inspiration to fuel your passion.

How we use your email

Thank You

Now sit back, relax, and check your inbox to start planning your next travel adventure.

Please tell us more about the type of travel you're interested in. Check all that apply.