Ulster Museum

Ulster Museum
Botanic Gardens
Co. Antrim
Northern Ireland







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Northern Ireland's treasure house of the past and present.
Take 8,000 square metres of galleries, add rich collections of art, archaeology, local history and natural sciences, mix them with a constantly changing programme of temporary exhibitions and events, and you have all the ingredients for a fascinating voyage of discovery. From ancient Ireland to the South Pacific, from masterpieces of modern art to rare flowers, the Museum is a window to the north of Ireland and a window on the world.

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Opening hours

Tues-Sun 10:00 - 17:00

Closed: Mon

Admission charges

Admission free

Additional info

Carparking within the Museum grounds is only available for visitors with a disability. Please call in advance to book.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Industry, Natural Sciences, Photography, Science and Technology, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Fine and Applied Arts
  • Archaeology
  • Ethnography
  • Local History
  • Natural History
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Lavery's World

  • 28 February — 1 November 2014 *on now

Sir John Lavery is best known as a society portraitist and for a remarkable series of formal portraits of politicians and prelates. This small exhibition looks instead at the private world of Sir John Lavery, and brings together portraits he painted of his wife and muse, Hazel, his daughter Eileen and step-daughter Alice. The exhibition sets the scene for these family portraits by including landscapes of places, such as Tangier in North Africa, which he visited many times.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Elements: From Actinium to Zirconium

  • 7 March 2014 — 28 February 2016 *on now

From Actinium to Zirconium, it’s time to get switched on to science with a journey along the periodic table! Get set for an odyssey that will take you from the rocks beneath your feet to the most distant and ancient reaches of the Universe.

From microscopic viruses to vast galaxies – and you too – all are made from elements. In this new exhibition, find out where the elements were made, how they occur naturally, what they look like, how we use them, and why they can be dangerous!

Suitable for

  • Any age



Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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Elements Gallery Tours

  • 18 November 2014 2-3pm

Join Dr. Mike Simms, curator of Elements, on a tour of the Elements exhibition. Discover what inspired it, and be inspired yourself by the variety of objects and the stories behind them, from the mundane to the remarkable.

Booking recommended.

Suitable for

  • Any age



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Taming the Elements 3: The First World War

  • 4 November 2014 7:30-9pm

Poison gases were first employed in the 1914-18 war but the fatalities from them were few compared to those killed through the application of high explosives and synthetic propellants.

Large-scale manufacturing based on organic chemistry really started with the synthetic dyestuffs industry of the 19th Century. This underpinned the industrial production of these more lethal materials, particularly in Germany, and the lecture will include at least one demonstration of early dyeing.

The talk is particularly pertinent as we approach Remembrance Sunday.

Suitable for

  • Any age



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Taming the Elements 4: New Challenges for Geology

  • 11 November 2014 7:30-9pm

The Geological Survey's Tellus programme mapped the distribution of 55 trace elements and compounds in soils and streams across the Province.

Mike will look at the implications of these results and consider the challenges we face in supplying our mineral and energy needs while at the same time protecting the environment.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17



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Taming the Elements 5: Bringing the Periodic Table to Life

  • 18 November 2014 7:30-9pm

BAFTA Awards winner Max Whitby, from periodictable.com, has worked with Theodore Gray, author of The Elements, to create physical displays of the periodic table incorporating real elements.

Among more than 50 such displays around the world, their installation at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia includes a video wall demonstrating, in spectacular fashion, the properties of each element.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17



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Elements: Dorothy Hodgkin, Patterns and the Nobel Prize

  • 2 December 2014 7:30-9pm

Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1964 yet, half a century later, she is still the only British woman scientist to have been so honoured.

Her lifelong interest in natural and artificial patterns began in childhood, and led to a career analysing the arrangements of atoms in crystals of biologically-important molecules such as penicillin and insulin.

Hodgkin’s biographer Georgina Ferry discusses the many factors that led to her exceptional success.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17