The Ulster Folk Museum is one of four museums included in National Museums Northern Ireland.
The Folk Museum was created by an Act of Parliament in 1958 and opened to the public in 1964. It houses a variety of old buildings and dwellings, over 170 acres, which illustrate the rural way of life in the early 20th century. In 1967, the Folk Museum merged with the Belfast Transport Museum, to form the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.
The museum is the holder of Northern Ireland's main film, photographic, television and sound archives: the BBC Northern Ireland archive, over 2,000 hours of sound material broadcast between 1972 and 2002 by the Irish language radio station RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, an archive of Ulster dialects, and a large library containing over 15,000 books and periodicals. The archives and library are open to the public during office hours.