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.
The Ulster Folk Museum has been awarded the ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry standard mark, certifying that we are adhering to the respective Government and public health guidance, have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and have the required processes in place.
Find everything you need to know here about how we intend to keep you safe when we reopen.
Keep a safe distance. We are reducing the number of people on the museum site and in exhibit buildings at any one time to allow visitors and staff to give each other plenty of space.
We strongly recommend that visitors wear face coverings at our sites. Face coverings will be available to purchase in our museum shop if you forget to bring your own.
Children under 13 don’t have to wear a face covering and remember, there are circumstances that make it difficult for some people to wear a face covering.
For more information on the government guidelines on wearing face coverings check out www.nidirect.gov.uk and www.publichealth.hscni.net
Cleaning and hygiene
We have increased cleaning across the museum to keep a safe and clean environment for all.
Sanitisers are in place but we ask you not to handle objects in our exhibit buildings, in order to keep you, and them, safe. See who can keep their hands by their side the longest! Remember to clean your hands regularly.
Based on current government guidelines and public health advice, face coverings are not required when visiting the museum. However, they are advised when possible.
We have also installed protective screens at our Admission Desk and retail points.
Our new recommended routes around the museum provides plenty of opportunity to explore our rolling countryside and town at your leisure whilst ensuring social distancing. Find out more about getting around the museum here.
Toilets are only able to accommodate one household at a time so don’t leave it too late!
Loaf Café at Ballycultra Tearooms is open and offering light bites and refreshments but with reduced capacity and social distancing measures in place. Cashless payment is advised. If you prefer, you can also bring a picnic to enjoy outdoors on picnic benches dotted around the museum.
Our gift shop is open but with fewer people in store. Please keep a safe distance in store and give others space.
Gloves and sanitiser are available for browsing, although we ask you to please refrain from trying on personal items such as scarves and jewellery. Cash is accepted but contactless payment is advised where possible.
We have also extended our refund policy to 60 days on all items (except earrings and food) and all returned items will be held off sale for 5 days in quarantine.
We feel it is important to reach out and support all of our local suppliers and makers at this time and will be promoting and showcasing their work in store. Every sale also supports the work of National Museums NI.
Further details can be found here.