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
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
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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