The Ulster Museum is a museum in Belfast, which exhibits to the public an incredible collection spread over more than 8000m². Like all museums in Ireland and Northern Ireland, its entrance is free, and offers you several thousands of exhibits, whether artistic, historical, etc….
The Ulster Museum opened its doors to the public in 1833, after several years of construction (the building site began in 1821). The project is brilliantly led by the Belfast Natural History Society, which aims to set up in the city itself a museum of reference, exhibiting artistic, cultural and historical objects.
The museum finally moved in 1929 to a new building designed by James Cumming Wynne. This building was subsequently extended between 1969 and 1964.
Since its opening, the Museum has established itself as the largest museum in Belfast. It houses works by modern artists and its art gallery is constantly being renewed, while the public also flocks to the historical and archaeological collections.
1998 was an important turning point for the museum: at that time, the Museum, which already included the Armagh County Museum, merged with the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and the Ulster-American Folk Park to form the “National Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland”.
From October 2006 to October 2009, the museum was closed for restoration (a project costing over £12 million!). It has since reopened, to the great satisfaction of the Northern Irish public and tourists alike!
The museum has several wings, allowing you to admire a collection that is as much artistic as it is archaeological and historical. It also specializes in natural history, zoology, and botany. Enough to convince even the most difficult!
Among its collection, don’t miss its Viking and medieval objects. Don’t miss her important collection of birds and insects, as well as particularly rare plant species. Finally, if you like painting, don’t miss the exceptional paintings of Francis Bacon, or Jean Dubuffet.