Keeping You Safe

Help us keep you safe


Ulster Folk Museum is open and we're ready to welcome you back.

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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. 

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


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

Face coverings must be worn in all of our indoor spaces unless you are exempt, including in our exhibit buildings. 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 and

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.

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. Read more about getting around the museum

Our facilities 


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


Loaf Café at Ballycultra Tearooms will be open during museum hours offering light bites and refreshments but with reduced capacity and social distancing measures in place. When you arrive, place your order at the counter and then take a seat. Our staff will deliver your order to your table. You must wear a face covering when walking around the café but not when seated at your table. Cashless payment is advised. If you prefer, you can also bring a picnic to enjoy outdoors on picnic benches dotted around the museum.

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 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. 

Read our retail information to find out more.