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We’re ready for you

We’re looking forward to welcoming you back to our museums.  We may look a little different, but we still feel the same.  We’re starting to reopen our museums beginning with the Ulster Museum on 30 July.





Keeping You Safe

Help us keep you safe

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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.

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Find everything you need to know here about how we intend to keep you safe.

Social distancing  

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.

Face coverings

We’re following all the current guidelines from government and public health advice. So we are encouraging visitors to wear face coverings – especially if you fancy a wander around our museum shop. Don’t worry if you forget yours, we’ll have some available for you to buy when you’re here.

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 and

Cleaning and hygiene 

We have increased cleaning across the museum to keep a safe and clean environment for all.

Sanitisers will be 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.

Reccomended route

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

Our facilities 


Toilets will only be able to accommodate one household at a time so don’t leave it too late!


Our Ballycultra Tearooms will remain closed for now but you can still bring a picnic with you to enjoy on picnic benches dotted around our museum. We have increased the number of picnic benches on our site for your convenience. Please remember to keep our outdoor spaces tidy and bring any rubbish with you or bin it.

Gift shop

Our gift shop will be open but with fewer people in store. Please keep a safe distance in store and give others space.

Gloves and sanitiser will be 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.