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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.

Highlights of the Modern Collection

  • 4 February — 21 September 2014 *on now

The exhibition is grouped in sections guiding the visitor from the early 20th century to the present day. It includes paintings of Young British Artists of the 1920s and 1930s, bought by the Ulster Museum thanks to the Lloyd Patterson bequest and hung in this way for the first time. Other parts of the exhibition explore the developments in post-war British and International Art and the Brave New World of the 1970s until the present day.

The exhibition also includes the museum’s recent acquisition Pure to Another (Portrait of Brian Kennedy), 2011 by Colin Davidson in a display of our important collection of portraits, also including Edward McGuire’s iconic portrait of Seamus Heaney.

Suitable for

  • Any age



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



Curious Beasts: Animal Prints from the British Museum

  • 28 February — 26 May 2014 *on now

This exhibition explores our enduring curiosity about the animal world through the beautiful and bizarre imagery found in the rich print collections of the British Museum.

The exhibition features works by artists including Albrecht Dürer, Francisco de Goya and George Stubbs and demonstrates the important role printmaking has played in our understanding of the natural world.

This exhibition has been organised by Compton Verney in partnership with the British Museum. The exhibition is supported by the generosity of the Dorset Foundation.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Elements: From Actinium to Zirconium

  • 7 March 2014 — 28 February 2016 *on now

Elements are the basic building materials of matter. They are what make everything that you can see or feel around you, and a lot that you can't.

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



Art of the Troubles

  • 11 April — 7 September 2014 *on now

This major new exhibition brings together the work of 50 artists from Northern Ireland and beyond including Joe McWilliams, Willie Doherty, FE McWilliam, Rita Duffy, Paul Seawright, Jack Pakenham, Micheal Farrell and Richard Hamilton. The exhibition features a broad representation of artists’ responses to the Troubles.

Art of the Troubles offers avenues for exploring the way in which the Troubles have been viewed by a range of artists and for reflecting on the manifestations and impact of violence and division in our society.

The exhibition comprises 60 works, including paintings, drawings, photographs, videos and sculpture. It explores a broad range of themes including violence and destruction, suffering and loss, traditions and life in the midst of turmoil.

Suitable for

  • Any age