One of Ireland’s best museums, the Ulster Museum has a comprehensive collection of everything from dinosaur bones and prehistoric artifacts to art and other treasures from Ireland and around the world. Highlights include 16th- to 18th-century Dutch and Italian paintings; a hoard of priceless 16th-century Spanish jewelry, recovered off the coast near Belfast in the 1960s; clothes, textiles, and ceramics from Asia and Africa; and items relating to the Ascendancy, the period of Protestant rule in Ireland that finally came to a head with the rebellion of 1798. The Life and Death in Ancient Egypt exhibit has about 2,000 artifacts from Pharaonic times (including a mummy), as well as items from ancient Mesopotamia, Rome, and Greece. The museum’s calendar often has special exhibitions, talks, and even the occasional concert; check the website to see what’s on.
At the Botanic Gardens, Belfast, BT9 5AB
Our Rating Hours Tues–Sun 10am–5pm. Closed Mon (except public holidays) Phone 028/9044-0000 Prices Free admission Web site Ulster Museum
MapAt the Botanic Gardens, Belfast, BT9 5AB Belfast
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