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COVID-19 Update

Due to the latest guidance from the NI Executive, our museums will remain closed for a planned 6 week period from the 23 December. 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.

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Keeping You Safe

Help us keep you safe on your visit

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The Ulster American Folk Park 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.


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 strongly recommend that visitors wear face coverings at our sites. Face coverings will be available to purchase in our museum shops 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 our 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.

One-way system  

A new one-way system provides plenty of opportunity to enjoy our museum at your leisure whilst lessening the number of people on our site at the one time. Find out more about getting around the museum here.

Our facilities 


Toilets are only able to accommodate one household at a time so don’t leave it too late! Toilets are located throughout the museum grounds.


Our Loaf café is open and offering a range of light bites and refreshments. To ensure your safety, the number of people in the café at one time will be reduced. Contactless payment is advised where possible and we ask you to please respect social distancing.

If you like dining alfresco why not bring a picnic? We’ve picnic benches in our main visitor car park for you to use. Please remember to keep our outdoor spaces tidy and bring any rubbish with you or bin it. Seating areas will be regularly cleaned by our staff.

Gift shop

Our gift shop is open but with fewer people in store. Don’t forget to 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.