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Museums in Belfast History buffs will find plenty of exciting venues to visit in Belfast, but many museums also provide an interesting and innovative way of learning about Belfast’s vibrant and often troubled past.

The Ulster Museum [map] is about as far removed from the image of sepia tinted dusty museums as you can get. Located at The Botanic Gardens, this impressive museum has a great number of collections, artefacts and exhibitions covering the arts, conservation and the natural world.

Bringing together the best elements of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and the Ulster-American Folk Park, the National Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland have created W5 [map], an innovative science centre packed with exciting things. W5 (which stands for Who, What, Where, When, Why) is Ireland’s first purpose-built interactive discovery centre and is located at the Odyssey complex in the heart of Belfast. The centre has amazing interactive exhibits that offer fantastic fun for all the family.

If you want to find out the very human faces behind some of Belfast’s major conflicts you should check out one of the neighbourhood museums that are dotted around some of Belfast’s once troubled areas that retell familiar news stories from personal perspectives.

The Shankhill district has its own museum called Fernhill House [map], which is located at Glencairn Road, two miles west of the city centre. Here you’ll be able to hear poignant words about the fighting that plagued this area from those who lived, loved and died here.

Step back in time and take a tour of the life of one of Belfast’s most enduring legends at the Saint Patrick’s Trian Visitor Complex [map] at English Street, Armagh, which offers visitors three exciting exhibitions in one place. Since the coming of Saint Patrick, Armagh, otherwise known as Ard Macha has been steeped in religious history.

Saint Patrick’s Trian is the ideal place to start your tour to discover Armagh’s history, architecture, famous people, fine churches, buildings and other sites of historical interest.

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