Trip Planner:   Europe  /  UK  /  Northern Ireland  /  Belfast  /  Ulster Museum

Ulster Museum, Belfast

4.6
#2 of 27 in Museums in Belfast
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.
Create an itinerary including Ulster Museum
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Ulster Museum Reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
3,583 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • Informative and well laid out, interesting sections on early Christianity and medieval Irish history  more »
  • This gem is somewhat hidden by the trees. From the outside, you don’t realize how immense this museum is on the inside, and how much time you need to see it all. There are large exhibition areas on...  more »
Google
  • Very interesting throughout, however not that many one off wow pieces but the collections are interesting and informative. Very well put together museum if you want to know Ulster history. The wow section I found in this museum was the Game of thrones tapestry and the iron throne chair woven by a master basket maker who also hand woven the three giant dragons displayed centre of the Ulster main museum. lovely cafe and gift shop.
  • Interesting museum with plenty of things to see. The wide range of topics covered makes it a great first impression of different subjects for kids. And, it's free of charge, but it does rely on donations from the public.

Plan your trip to Belfast

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Belfast

See all ›
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.3
Duration: 30 minutes

Side trips from Belfast

4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
3.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Belfast

4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
W5
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Belfast

See all ›
3.7
Duration: 4 hours
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
3.9
Duration: 2 hours
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Belfast

See all ›
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes

Nearby attractions in Belfast

4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min