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Come face to face with dinosaurs, meet an ancient Egyptian mummy and see modern masterpieces with a visit to the Ulster Museum.

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. Delve into the history of the people of the north of Ireland from earliest times to the present day, get face to face with dinosaurs and up close to the famous ancient Egyptian mummy, Takabuti and learn about how she came to arrive in Belfast in 1834.

The Ulster Museum has been awarded the ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry standard mark, certifying that it is adhering to the respective Government and public health guidance regarding Covid-19 and has the required processes in place.

Admission to the museum remains free but booking online is advised.

Pop by for a bite to eat overlooking the beautiful Botanic Gardens in the Ulster Museum's Wynne & Pym Café, open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm serving light bites and refreshments.

Find the most up to date information about how to book and what to expect from your visit at nmni.com/um.
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  • Botanic Gardens
  • Belfast
  • Antrim
  • BT9 5AB

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  • Northern Ireland's treasure house of the past and present
  • Free admission
  • Rich collection of art, history and natural sciences
  • Come face to face with dinosaurs and meet an Egyptian mummy
  • Three interactive discovery zones, ideal for children
  • Elements Exhibition

    In this unique exhibition you’ll discover what the elements look like, how they occur naturally, how we use them, and why they can be dangerous.

    From Actinium to Zirconium, it’s time to get switched on to science with a journey along the periodic table! Get set for an odyssey that will take you from the rocks beneath your feet to the most distant and ancient reaches of the Universe.

    Everything from microscopic viruses to vast galaxies – and you too – is made from elements. In this spectacular and unique exhibition, the only one of its kind in Europe, you can find out what the elements look like, where they were made, how they occur naturally, how we use them, and why they can be dangerous!

    Download National Museum NI’s podcast, Elementary My Dear, hosted by science communicator Emer Maguire and featuring Ulster Museum’s very own Dr Mike Simms. Listen in as they discuss entertaining topics related to the Periodic Table.

    Closes September 2022.

  • Culture Lab Exhibition

    This new exhibition poses questions about culture and offers a glimpse into how identities have been, and continue to be, shaped in Ireland and Northern Ireland. CultureLab is taking place over the next few months in the Ulster Museum, Belfast.

    The exhibition includes the famous ‘Differences’ blackboard from the hit TV series Derry Girls, which is on public display for the very first time. Inspired by this iconic prop, the museum will also display a new interactive installation that will test visitors’ preconceptions and challenge traditional stereotypes.

    You can interact with the stories, hopes and aspirations of real people from across Northern Ireland and bordering counties, collected through the participants of ‘Making the Future’ engagement programmes.

    CultureLab is part of Making the Future, a collaborative Peace IV project with National Museums NI, Nerve Centre, PRONI and Linen Hall Library.

    Closes September 2021.

140th RUA Annual Exhibition

1.73 KM
26 - 29 Jan 2022

The RUA Annual Exhibition (RUA) is the most eagerly anticipated exhibition in the Northern Irish cultural calendar.

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NI Science Festival: Changing View of Northern Ireland’s Volcanic Landscape

1.73 KM
Sun, 27 Feb 2022, 2:00pm

Join Natural Sciences curator Mike Simms at the Ulster Museum as he rethinks the formation of the Giant's Causeway.

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NI Science Festival: Blue Sky Thinking

1.73 KM
Thu, 17 Feb 2022, 12:00pm

Join curator Anne Stewart to hear about new acquisition Blue Sky Thinking (2019) by artist Patrick Goddard.

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NI Science Festival: Plastic Soup – Marine Litter in the Sea Around Us

1.73 KM
17 - 27 Feb 2022

Explore and learn more about the impact of marine litter and plastic pollution in our seas in an updated Sea Around Us display.

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NI Science Festival: A New View of the Giant’s Causeway

Sat, 19 Feb 2022, 1:00pm

Enjoy a guided tour along the shore of Ireland's most visited tourist attraction, Giants Causeway.

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NI Science Festival: Ulster Museum Conservatours

1.73 KM
Thu, 24 Feb 2022, 2:00pm

A guided tour that explores behind the scenes conservation techniques at Ulster Museum.

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NI Science Festival: Science Fact or Science Fiction?

1.73 KM
Fri, 25 Feb 2022, 11:00am

Join National Museum Northern Ireland's natural sciences education officer for a special tour of the Natural Sciences gallery.

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NI Science Festival: Discover Nature

1.73 KM
15 - 27 Feb 2022

Discover Nature with the chance to hear about all different types of specimens and quiz the in-house experts.

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