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Ulster Museum, Belfast

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The clean, crisp interior of Ulster Museum is contained within an elegant building close to Belfast’s city center. Highlights of the extensive collection here include relics from the Spanish Armada, nearly three dozen Sir John Lavery paintings that the famed Irish portraitist donated himself, and works from maritime painter Kenneth Shoesmith. You'll also find archaeological items dating to the Stone Age, militaria, and items from world cultures across the globe such as samurai armor and war canoes from the Solomon Islands. Check out the exhibits telling the natural history of the island of Ireland through taxidermied mammals, wildlife, and 100,000 preserved plants and fungi including mosses, ferns, and lichens. In addition to free admission, the museum offers a free daily welcome tour (except Saturdays). Check the website for a schedule. Plan a Belfast trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • The museum it’s self is free and got a little gift shop and cafe, but it is massive. The most impressive part for me was the elements section where a lot of the science stuff was, as well as a... 
    The museum it’s self is free and got a little gift shop and cafe, but it is massive. The most impressive part for me was the elements section where a lot of the science stuff was, as well as a...  more »
  • Great way to spend a few hours in this modern but good old fashioned museum Rocks, fossils, taxidermy and a whole lot more Very interesting section on The Troubles 
    Great way to spend a few hours in this modern but good old fashioned museum Rocks, fossils, taxidermy and a whole lot more Very interesting section on The Troubles  more »
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  • Brilliant range of local history going from the geological formation of the land up to the troubles. We only had time to look at the history but it was clear that they also have great science and art displays. Easy to navigate through and the staff are helpful and friendly. Very clean and safe environment with plenty of toilets. Situated in the very pleasant botanical gardens.
  • I spent 2.5 hours here, but more time would be even better. A very good museum, plus art gallery with many Irish works. Museum exhibits cover prehistoric times through to The Troubles. Plus rocks & minerals, natural history, and an especially good section about chemistry called The Elements. Easy to visit: just drop in, no booking needed, it’s free (donations welcome).

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