Ulster Museum

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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.

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



Framed: People & Place in Irish Photography

  • 19 June 2015 — 30 May 2016 *on now

The invention of photography in 1839 was one of the most significant achievements in the history of human communications.

Photographs capture a moment in time in exact likeness, allowing us to see what people in the past saw – or what others wanted them to see. In doing so, they enable history to speak to us directly and with great clarity.

The Ulster Museum’s collections of historic photographs date from the 1850s and comprise many thousands of images relating to the history, topography and personalities of Ireland. This exhibition concentrates on the twin themes of people and place to illustrate the range and depth of these collections and how the photographers they represent framed and shaped our view of the past.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Things Left Unsaid

  • 18 September 2015 — 3 April 2016 *on now

A recurrent theme in Seawright’s work as a photographer is the suggestion that the real subject or event has taken place elsewhere. The power of his images often rests on what is not shown or directly described.

Things Left Unsaid (2014) is a series of photographs of US television news studios in which the war in Iraq was reported. Seawright focuses on the illusory nature of these spaces, where information is selectively transformed into news. The absent images of the brutality and destruction of war are the real subject of these photographs, they are the ‘things left unsaid’.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Ulster Museum
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Co. Antrim
Northern Ireland







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