Northern Ireland

A visit to one of Northern Ireland's many museums provides chance to uncover the history, culture and people of Northern Ireland and understand and appreciate the events and industries that have shaped the country.


A popular starting point is the museums of National Museums NI. The Ulster Museum is one of the best-known and most-visited museums in Northern Ireland and one of the country's finest gallery spaces. Their vast collections have a strong focus on Irish history but via their vast collections also take you to all corners of the globe with the discovery zones bringing you face to face with dinosaurs and an Egyptian mummy!


The Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh, County Tyrone, charts the story of the brave emigrants who made the journey across the Atlantic to America hundreds of years ago. Step aboard a life-sized emigrant ship and visualise the human drama behind centuries of Irish emigration.


The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum at Holywood in County Down is home to a vast railway collection housed in the largest single museum gallery space in Ireland. Steam locomotives, passenger carriages and goods wagons are combined with extensive railway memorabilia, interactive displays and great facilities. There is also chance to view 500 maritime artefacts, including one of the original plans of the RMS Titanic with last minute design changes, as well as a porthole recovered from the icy seabed.


Also see the trams shipyard workers would have taken to the shipyard and the exclusive Minerva car popular with first class passengers. Northern Ireland's rich maritime history is fascinating to explore with many museum attractions paying homage to this part of its heritage.


Trace the story of the most famous ship in history at the iconic Titanic Belfast where over nine interactive galleries recreate the drama surrounding RMS Titanic. Experience the cathedral-like atmosphere of the Harland & Wolff shipyard empire where RMS Titanic was designed and where maritime dreams took shape on a Titanic Belfast Discovery Tour.


The maritime theme can also be found outside of Belfast at the award-winning Tower Museum where visitors can uncover one of the Walled City's many maritime milestones. Located within Derry City's historic walls, the museum houses two permanent exhibitions. An Armada Shipwreck - La Trinidad Valencera tells the story of one of the largest ships in the Spanish Armada, La Trinidad Valencera, which sank off the Donegal Coast in 1588. Also here you will find The Story of Derry, telling the colourful and dramatic history of the city from earliest pre-history to the present day.




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