Ulster Museum (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

Off to Ulster Museum in Belfast? See our insider advice for a queue-free visit as well as opening times and phone numbers!

Estimated Attendance

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Useful information

Opening hours

  • Tuesday - Sunday: 10am - 5pm.
  • Monday: closed (except for Northern Ireland Bank Holidays).

At certain times of the year some galleries may be closed due to refurbishment, ongoing maintenance or exhibition changeover. Check the list of current gallery closures on museum’s official website.

Tips for your visit

August is the busiest month at the museum, followed by July.

The months of April, May and October are quite busy as well.

December sees the smallest number of visitors throughout the year, while January and November are another quiet months - choose one of these, and be sure that crowds won’t disturb you!

The attendance is always higher during school holidays and on public holidays.

Saturday is the busiest day of the week, Sunday generally sees slightly less visitors. Better choose a weekday for your visit, especially Thursday or Friday, they tend to be the calmest.


Admission to the Ulster Museum is free.

Ulster Museum

Ulster Museum

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Contact numbers

Ulster Museum 028 9044 0000
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Ulster Museum
📍 Botanic Gardens

On foot: The Ulster Museum is situated in Belfast’s Botanic Gardens, right in the heart of the University Area of South Belfast, about a 20-30 minute walk from Belfast City Centre (follow signs for Queens University or Botanic Gardens).

By rail: Botanic Station is only 10 minutes walk from the museum.

By bus: Metro 8 Malone Road departs from Belfast city centre, Donegall Square East every 10 mins. Bus stop located at the side of the museum building.

By car: Local on-street parking is available but limited.

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