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Ulster Folk Museum

Guidelines for visitors

Some handy tips on what you need to know when you’re here.

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Food & Drink

  • For the protection of the exhibits, food and drinks are not permitted in the exhibit buildings.
  • Babies’ bottles are allowed but they must be held by the parents. If you’ve brought a picnic please use the outdoor and indoor picnic tables that are provided around the site.
  • The Ulster Folk Museum is part of the Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme and breastfeeding is allowed anywhere in the museum.

Child supervision

Children (under 18) must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times. 


Dogs are welcome in the outdoor areas of the Ulster Folk Museum. All dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.

Pet dogs are not permitted inside any of the buildings, galleries or shops, but there is plenty outdoors to explore. Assistance dogs are welcome to any area of the museum.

Photography and Filming Policy

Visitor photography

Visitors are welcome to use their cameras to take photographs around the museum for personal use, including social media. Care should be taken not to contravene the privacy of other visitors, and in particular, no pictures of children should be taken without parental consent. Visitors may not use flash, a tripod, monopod, supplementary lighting or drone cameras.

Photography and video are not allowed in some special exhibitions, selected galleries, or of items on loan to National Museums NI. Where photography and video are not permitted, explanatory signage is used to inform visitors. 

Commercial photography and filming

No unauthorised filming or commercial photography is permitted in the museum, for reasons of data protection, copyright and potential health and safety. Please contact with filming and commercial photography requests.

Research photography

Visitors may gain permission to photograph our stored collections for research, non-commercial and non-publication purposes, or for private study. Please contact the curatorial department at to obtain permission and arrange an appointment.

Our Picture Library facilitates all requests for high-resolution, publication-standard images of National Museums NI's collections. For more information, please visit the Picture Library or e-mail

Souvenir Photography

Our Church Road Studio, located in Ballycultra Village is an operational studio within an exhibit building which offers exclusive mementoes of your visit. The studio is decorated in the style of an elegant Edwardian residence. All our photographs are printed onsite and are available on the day, most often before you leave the studio.

We offer a Family Portrait session in a manner and at a pace reminiscent of the early 20th century. Dress in period costume, pose and leave with new insight to the formality of the traditional family portrait. 

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Contact the photographer to check his availability in advance or to book an appointment. Please note additional charges apply for souvenir photography.

For more information, visit
Tel: 07717 007 372

Touching objects in the Ulster Folk Museum

Protecting the museum collections is very important for both their protection now and so they remain here for future generations. This is a large part of the museum’s purpose. To help us preserve our collections we ask that you do not touch items on display as even the cleanest of hands can damage the surface of objects.