Ulster American Folk Park

Ulster American Folk Park
Mellon Road
Castletown
Omagh
Co. Tyrone
BT78 5QY
Northern Ireland

Website

www.folkpark.com

E-mail

General enquiries

info@uafp.co.uk

Education

education@uafp.co.uk

Collections

pat.odonnell@uafp.co.uk

Centre for Migration Studies

uafp@iol.ie

Telephone

General information

028 8224 3292

Group Bookings

028 8225 6320

Collections

028 8225 6310

Centre for Migration Studies

028 8225 6315

Residential Centre/Restaurant

028 8224 0918

Fax

All Departments

028 8224 2241

Residential Centre/Restaurant

028 8225 1703

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The Ulster American Folk Park tells the story of emigration from Ulster to America in the 18th and 19th centuries. Here you will find fully furnished Old and New World buildings with costumed demonstrators going about their everyday tasks. A Ship and Dockside gallery links the two areas and includes a full size replica of an emigrant ship. "Emigrants" is an indoor exhibition which details the background to the emigration experience.

Venue Type:

Museum, Ship or maritime heritage site

Opening hours

April-September
Mon-Sat 1030-1630 Museum closes 1800
Sun & public holidays 1100-1700 Museum closes 1830
October-March
Mon-Fri 1030-1530 Museum closes 1700

Closed weekends from October- March, and also from Christmas to New Year's Day

Admission charges

Adults £4.50
Concession (children 5-16, senior citizens, disabled persons) £2.50
Family Ticket £11.00

Adult Groups, 5Op reduction on the full rate for groups with 20 or more full paying adults (adults £4.00, concession £2.50).

Youth Groups, £2.50 per member. One leader free per ten members, additional leaders £4.00.

Children under five Free of Charge

School visits: price on application

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • International Council of Museums

Additional info

Specialist Library dealing with Emigration history.

The museum's collection consists of original and replica Ulster and American dwelling houses and shops with original furniture and fittings from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. There is a substantial social history collection of domestic, craft and agricultural objects in storage and on display in the exhibit buildings and permanent exhibition, including a small textile collection of Ulster and American patchwork and various miscellaneous costume and linen items.

The Centre for Migration Studies hosts an Irish Emigration Database, which is a computerised collection of primary source documents relating to emigration to North America in the 18th and 19th centuries. It includes emigrant letters, shipping advertisements, passenger lists, emigrant diaries and family papers.

Collection details

Agriculture, Architecture, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Land Transport, Maritime, Medicine, Personalities, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Mellon House is an original dwelling on its original site, and the birthplace of the founder of the Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh;
  • Ancestral Irish home of John Joseph Hughes, Roman Catholic Bishop of New York;
  • The original home in Ireland of Robert and Hugh Campbell who later settled in St Louis,Missouri;
  • Castletown National School;
  • Tullyallen Masshouse;
  • Fulton House, an early 18th century emigrant dwelling from Lancaster county Pennsylvania, the home of Donegal emigrant Samuel Fulton;
  • Mid 19th century West Pennsylvania Log House;
  • Collection of 19th century original Ulster shop fronts and fittings including a Post Office, Printshop, Chemist, Ropemaker, Pub, and Saddler;
  • Emigrants Exhibition; two centuries of emigration from Ulster to America;
  • The ancestral home of President Woodrow Wilson, an ‘outreach exhibit’ at Dergalt, seventeen miles from the UAFP and one mile from Strabane.
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