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Ulster American Folk Park

Follow the trail of thousands of emigrants from the thatched cottages of Ulster, on board a full-scale emigrant sailing ship to the log cabins of the American Frontier.

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After careful consideration and monitoring of the on-going coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the upcoming Bluegrass Omagh music festival at the Ulster American Folk Park in May (22nd – 24th). This is a precautionary measure to protect the health and wellbeing of our community, who are our priority at all times. 

For information regarding purchased Bluegrass Omagh 2020 tickets, click here.  


 

A world to excite your inner explorer.

Immerse yourself in the story of the brave emigrants who made the journey across the Atlantic to America hundreds of years ago. 

Wander the well-trodden pathways of rural Ulster, complete with a bustling street and welcoming farmhouses. Become part of family life in thatched cottages, learn lessons in the schoolhouse, see traditional crafts brought to life and taste some good old fashioned fayre. 

Board a full-scale emigrant ship and experience the cramped quarters where hundreds of people lived during their twelve-week Atlantic crossing. Emerge in the New World and marvel at the ingenious solutions these resourceful newcomers created on the frontier.

 

Opening times

March, April, May, June & September

  • Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 – 17:00

July & August

  • Monday to Sunday 10:00 – 17:00

October to February

  • Tuesday to Friday 10:00 – 16:00
  • Saturday & Sunday 11:00 – 16:00

The Ulster American Folk Park is closed on Mondays (except for Northern Ireland Bank Holidays) as well as Christmas closures.

Permanent exhibitions at the Ulster American Folk Park

The indoor exhibition at the Ulster American Folk Park examines life in Ulster in the 18th and 19th centuries.  It reveals the reasons behind the exodus and wave of emigration and shows how the settlers adapted to and impacted on, a new and unfamiliar environment in the New World of America.  Our temporary gallery space also has changing exhibitions showcasing our collections to further tell the fascinating story of emigration from this part of the world.

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A Step in Time: the story of Irish Dance

Explore the story of Irish Dance at home and abroad over the last 125 years in this special exhibition drawing on collections from across National Museums NI.

See costumes, medals and certificates that tell the story of Irish dance through the ages; hear how Irish emigrants kept their traditions alive across the Atlantic; and learn about one of the most influential figures in Irish dance history.

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