Treasure house of the past and the present.

Come face to face with dinosaurs, meet an ancient Egyptian mummy and see modern masterpieces! Ulster Museum tells the story of the people of the north of Ireland from earliest times to the present day. As Northern Ireland’s treasure house of the past and present, it is home to a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences.

From Ireland to the South Pacific and from ancient relics to hands-on activities, the Ulster Museum offers something for everyone, from the simply curious to the enthusiast. Museum Highlights: Troubles and Beyond Exhibition, Changing Views Exhibition and Elements Exhibition.

Impressive galleries and interactive discovery zones bring the collections with hands-on activities. Gaze upon fabulous treasures from the Spanish galleon, Girona, uncover the story of life on earth from earliest times and explore one of the world’s finest collections of Irish Art.


  • The Art Department holds over 12,000 works comprising drawings, paintings, sculptures, glass, ceramics, silver, furniture, costume and textiles, covering all styles
  • The History Department holds and collects objects relating to the social, economic and political history of Ireland, with particular emphasis on Ulster from 1600 and Northern Ireland from 1921
  • The Natural Sciences Department holds over 495,000 specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals and rocks from Northern Ireland and beyond
  • Downloadable explorer maps, including a Kids Explorer Map. Learn how big dinosaurs really were and what a Mummy looks like. See real treasure that was lost at sea… and more
  • Interactive discovery zones bring the museum’s collections to life
  • The Museum offers a changing programme of events and exhibitions. Check out for updates
Open Year Round

Opening Times:

Open year round.

Tue to Sun 10:00–17:00.

Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays

Contact the museum for Christmas & New Year opening times

Approx. visit duration: 60 to 120 minutes.



Admission Prices 2020:

Free Admission

Useful Information

Check out their range of facilities, services, accessibility and other useful information.

LANGUAGES: Leaflets available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Ulster Scots and Irish.

DINING / REFRESHMENTS: Girona Café and Restaurant is situated on the ground floor with views overlooking the Botantic Gardens. The coffee bar opens from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 – 16:30 and serves teas, coffees and patisseries, scones and tray bakes delivered fresh every morning as well as light snacks and soft drinks. The restaurant serves more extensive and changing menus from 12:00-15:00 including soups, ‘door step’ sandwiches, traditional lamb stew, locally caught fish dishes, classic Caesar salad, spaghetti carbonara… and more.

SHOPPING: Gift Shop with a range of unique and unusual gifts inspired by the museum’s collections. Over 5,000 products including locally made jewellery, toys, stationery, souvenirs, textiles, ceramics and an extensive range of books.

PARKING: Coach set-down area outside the museum. Local on-street car parking is available but limited. Where possible they recommend you use the city ‘park and ride’ scheme or use public transport. There are Park and Ride facilities at Bridge End (east side), York Street (north side), Blacks Road and Sprucefield.

ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible with accessible toilets.

WI-FI: Free Wi-Fi available.

Getting There

The Ulster Museum is situated in Belfast’s Botanic Gardens, right in the heart of the University area of South Belfast.

Map Location: 54.582222, -5.935601
Contact Ulster Museum

Botanic Gardens, Belfast, BT9 5AB, Northern Ireland

T: +44 (0)28 9044 0000
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