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Ulster Museum - National Museums NI


The Ulster Museum is the largest museum in Northern Ireland and one of the components of National Museums Northern Ireland. It was founded as the Belfast Natural History Society in 1821 and began exhibiting in 1833. Originally called the Belfast Municipal Museum and Art Gallery, courtesy of the Museum Act (Northern Ireland) 1961, it was renamed as the Ulster Museum in 1962 and formally recognised as a national museum.

The museum has around 8,000 square metres of public display space covering the history of Northern Ireland from the earliest times to the very recent past, collections of art, mostly modern or ethnographic, historic and contemporary fashion and textiles, and also holds exhibitions.

It features material from the collections of fine art and applied art, archaeology, ethnography, treasures from the Spanish Armada, local history, numismatics, industrial archaeology, botany, zoology and geology.




Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast, BT9 5AP


+44 (0)845 608 0000