The Ulster Museum
Located in the Botanic gardens in Belfast, the Ulster Museum is home to a large collection of fine art and applied art as well as exhibits from the worlds of archaeology, botany, zoology and geology. The Ulster Museum has steadily been building up a collection of art by modern Irish artists, particularly those from Ulster.
Its fine art collection has works from many styles and media. British works include portraits by Thomas Gainsborough and Sir Joshua Reynolds and landscapes by Richard Wilson and J M W Turner. There is a small collection of Old Masters from Dutch, Flemish and Italian masters. The largest collection, as would be expected, is paintings by Irish artists including Sir John Lavery and William Conor.
There is also an unusual collection of modern art collected during the 1960s. Some of the works in this collection are by Karel Appel, Jean Dubuffet and the sculptor Henry Moore.
The Ulster Museum also has a large collection of applied art. This term is used to describe items that can be described as sculptural objects that have been produced in materials not normally associated with fine art. Among the objects in this category are items made from glass, silver, ceramics, metals and wood. The older items in this collection are predominantly Irish whilst the modern items are from a much wider range of countries.
There are regular special exhibitions when collections are drawn together in one area for ease of viewing. An example is the Drawing the Line exhibition showing the highest quality drawings and watercolours presently owned by the museum.
Entry to the art gallery and museum is free. There is also free car parking for five blue badge holders within the grounds of the museum. To assist wheelchair users to get the most from their visit many of the exhibits have been lowered and special routes have been prepared to allow easy access. A small number of wheelchairs are available for free use.
Light refreshments are available and there is a gift shop selling souvenirs of the museum and art gallery. There is also a large range of books for sale.
National Museums Northern Ireland
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