Ulster Museum

Come face-to-face with dinosaurs, meet an Ancient Egyptian Mummy and see modern masterpieces at 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. 

Open Year Round.

Admission is Free.

Botanic Gardens, Belfast City (See Map Below)


As Northern Ireland's treasure house of the past and the present, the Ulster Museum is home to a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences and is free to all visitors. From Ireland to the South Pacific, from ancient relics to modern masterpieces, the museum offers something for everyone, from the simply curious to the enthusiast.

The revitalised museum tells the story of the people of the north of Ireland from earliest times to the present day. Impressive galleries and interactive discovery zones bring history, science and art collections to life for visitors of all ages.


Gaze in Wonder 

The engaging and stimulating history galleries tell the story of the people of Ireland from their first arrival on the island until the present day. Visitors can gaze upon the fabulous treasure from the Spanish galleon, Girona, the best Armada collection to be seen anywhere outside of Spain. Another 'treasure' and a firm favourite with all generations is Takabuti, an Egyptian mummy from the 7th century BC. For those interested in Northern Ireland's recent history, it is sensitively explored in the newly developed Troubles Gallery.

The science galleries are a 'must-see' for anyone with an interest in the richness and diversity of the natural world. The collections uncover the story of life on earth from the earliest times and explain the forces that have shaped the environment in which we live. Highlights include 'Peter' the Polar Bear, a Minke Whale skeleton, Edmontosaurus dinosaur, as well as numerous exotic butterflies and insects.



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

Ulster Museum Location:

The largest museum in Northern Ireland

The Ulster Museum, the largest museum in Northern Ireland, is located in the Botanic Gardens in Belfast. 

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.

It is FREE to visit and should not to be missed!

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The opening times on this website are as provided to us.These can change. It is ALWAYS advisable to check open days and times directly with the attraction before you visit.

Visitor Information

Ulster Museum
Botantic Gardens, Belfast BT9 5AB
T. +44 (0)28 9044 0000
E: info@nmni.com

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Open Year Round

Tuesday to Sunday & Northern Ireland Bank Holidays 10:00 - 17:00

Closed: Mondays (except local Bank Holiday Mondays) and during Christmas - check their website for details. 

Approx Visit Duration:  60 to 120 minutes


  • ALL Admissions are FREE of Charge. No tickets needed. enjoy!


Free welcome tours Tuesday to Friday at 14.30 and Sunday at 13.30. There are no tours Saturday. A maximum of 10 per tour and tours subject to available space.  


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


Girona Café and Restaurant is situated on the ground floor with views overlooking the Botantic Gardens. Patisseries, scones and tray bakes are delivered fresh every morning. Teas, coffees, light snacks and soft drinks are served. Open 10:00 to 16:30.  


Gift Shop with a range of unique and unusual gifts inspired by the museum's collections. Over 5000 products including locally made jewellery, toys, stationery, souvenirs, textiles, ceramics and an extensive range of books. 


On-street car parking nearby (fee required). Coach set-down area outside the museum


Fully wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets.  

Note: Opening Times may be subject to change; check their website for updates.

Indoor (all weather) Family Friendly Cool for Kids (under 8) Restaurant Tea Rooms / Coffee Shop Baby Changing Guided Tours Assistance / Guide Dogs Permitted Gift Shop Free WIFI
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