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Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood

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Situated in the Botanic Gardens in Ulster, Northern Ireland, Ulster Museum is home to a variety of large collections: archaeological, art, natural history and donated and collected objects from Ireland's past.

The archaeology collection is concerned with artefacts that help document the history and people's of Ireland. In the Bronze Age exhibition are tools, weapons, beads and pottery, dating back to 2000BC. The Iron Age collection contains a unique, finely decorated arrow head, and a wooden tankard from County Antrim, inlaid with bronze fittings. Other treasures include intricate medieval jewellery and Viking coins.


Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood

Ulster Museum's Applied Art collection houses a host of different every day objects which have been made using skilful craftsmanship, embroidery, painting or sculpture. Examples include an 18th century Spitalfields gown, Irish silver, glass and furniture and a toy collection with dolls from the 1700s.

The galleries contain many paintings by modern and 20th century artists, as well as some dating back to the 16th century. Significant works include portraits by Gainsborough and Joshua Reynolds and landscapes by Turner and Richard Wilson.

For those interested in Irish history, there is a vast collection of photographs, medals, art and militaria to explore. There is also a variety of natural history specimens to see: animals, birds, insects, plants and fossils.

For children there are scheduled activities and a souvenir map of the museum with stickers, upon arrival. Entrance is free, and there are scheduled free tours available.

Ulster Museum is almost entirely accessible for visitors with wheelchairs. Only a small number of exhibits require the use of some steps. Displays are at a low level, and the coffee shop has low-level counters. Toilet facilities are available.

On site there is a gift shop, coffee shop and toilet and baby change facilities.

Parking is problematic in the area (there are a few standard and disabled spaces nearby), so visitors are advised to use the local Park and Ride facilities, or use rail or bus links. For up to date routes and timetables, contact the museum.

Contact Details:
Ulster Museum,
Botanic Gardens,
BT9 5AB,
Tel: 0845 608 0000

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