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Due to the latest guidance from the NI Executive, our museums will remain closed until further notice. We look forward to welcoming visitors back to our museums when it is safe to do so and we would like to thank the public for their continued support and patience.
There are plenty of ways for you to explore our collections and learn at home. With our Smartify virtual museum tours and home activities for kids, the whole family can enjoy a museum at home experience.
Delve deeper into our museums from home with the help of our collection stories. Learn more about specific collections, explore past and present exhibitions and discover what makes our museums so unique.
Read our collection stories
Our blog section is full of fascinating entries from staff across National Museums NI, their personal experiences and reflections on life in the museums, our collections, events and exhibitions. Go ‘behind the scenes’ into life as a curator. Learn the traditions and history associated with objects and exhibit buildings in our museums.
Read our blogs
Take a moment to relax with one of our online jigsaw puzzles. We’ve recently added new puzzles for you to enjoy. Who can solve them first?
Try a puzzle
Explore a world of art and culture at home with our interactive virtual museum spaces for audiences to connect with collections. Experience the latest exhibitions in the Ulster Museum like never before.
For our Smartify tours, you can view in your browser or download the Smartify app so you can discover the stories behind the objects wherever you are.
Take our virtual exhibition tours
Our Education Team has developed plenty of online resources and home activities that kids will love! Museums are for kids to discover the past so they can shape the future. Help them to investigate and be inspired through creative and engaging videos, worksheets, experiments, stories and crafts.
Make and do
The Mother (1909)
Lavery, Sir John 1856-1941
National Museums NI has 20,000 images available to purchase as reproduction prints from our comprehensive art, history and science collections. From our renowned Irish Art collection with works by Sir John Lavery to John Luke, to historical photographs of Belfast’s Harland and Wolff shipyard and the Titanic, browse our picture library to find you prefect print.
The Fine Print is a 4 part podcast series by National Museums NI, hosted by Curator of Art, Anna Liesching, which looks at exhibitions held in the Ulster Museum through the prism of the art of printmaking.
Each week, Anna invites a different artist, writer, curator or creative to discuss, from home, past and present exhibitions in the Ulster Museum related printmaking and our wider works of art on paper collection.
National Museums NI is a Founder Partner of Art UK. Their mission is to open up the UK’s publicly owned art collections for enjoyment, learning, and research. Browse through our oil paintings and sculpture collections from across all four museums. There’s even a selection of reproduction prints available to purchase both framed and unframed, with prices starting at just £12.95.
Art UK Shop