Come face to face with dinosaurs, meet an Egyptian Mummy and see modern masterpieces with a visit to the Ulster Museum.
As Northern Ireland’s treasure house of the past and present, the museum is home to a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences and free to all visitors.
The Ulster Museum is part of National Museums Northern Ireland, which also includes the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Ulster American Folk Park and Armagh County Museum.
The current building has been established in the Botanic Gardens since 1929, although the origins of the collections can be traced back to 1821. The museum was transferred from Belfast City Council (then Belfast Corporation) to a Board of Trustees in 1962, acquiring new status as a national museum. In 1972, a major extension opened to the public. It became part of the National Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland, a non-departmental government body funded mainly by DCAL, in 1998.
The Ulster Museum's rich and diverse collections cover fine and applied art, archaeology and world cultures, local history and natural sciences. The museum is committed to the collection, care and interpretation of these collections for the benefit of the broadest audience, and to the promotion of awareness, appreciation and understanding of our cultural heritage.