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COVID-19 Update

Following further guidelines from the NI Executive, in response to the most recent public health update, our four museums - Ulster Museum, Ulster Folk Museum, Ulster Transport Museum and Ulster American Folk Park - will remain closed for a planned four week period. 


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Booking and Arrival

How to book and what to expect on your arrival to Ulster Museum

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Following further guidelines from the NI Executive, in response to the most recent public health update, the Ulster Museum will remain closed for a planned four week period until 14 November. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

When we reopen, admission is still free but we are now advising that you pre-book your date and time slot online.

Please arrive on time to make your day and the queue run a little more smoothly. We cannot guarantee admission if you have not secured your timeslot. 

Our Welcome Team will be there to answer your questions, navigate your arrival, direct you to the ticket validation queue (e-ticket or pre-printed) and make this experience as easy as possible for you. 

How to book   

As always, admission to Ulster Museum is free, but to ensure your safety, visitors must pre-book a timeslot on our website. All you need to do is select the date you want to visit and your timeslot. That’s it. 

Online bookings are currently unavailable but check back here again soon.

Group bookings are currently limited to 6 people maximum in line with current government guidelines. National Museums continue to review this as government and public health advice evolves.

Our members can book time slots online on the day you would like to visit or if you prefer to book over the phone please call 028 9042 8428 (Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 4.00pm).

If you are a member, don’t forget to bring along your membership card or photographic ID for entry so we can ensure your arrival is as smooth as possible and we can guarantee your free entry.

National Museums NI supports the Department of Health's Test, Trace, Protect strategy for public health in response to Covid-19.  The information we hold is held in line with data protection legislation and our privacy policy. Click here to read our privacy policy.

Read our booking Terms and Conditions here

When you arrive 

We have missed you! Our Welcome Team will be there to warmly welcome you and answer any questions you may have. Useful information regarding your arrival is also provided below to help you plan ahead.   

Keeping you safe 

Help us keep you safe. Remember to wash your hands regularly or make use of our hand sanitiser stations dotted around the museum and keep a safe distance from other visitors and staff.

If you’re feeling under the weather, please refrain from visiting the museum. Find more information about the new safety and hygiene measures we have here

Face coverings

We strongly recommend that visitors wear face coverings at our sites. 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

Checking your ticket 

You will receive confirmation of your booking via email. On arrival at the Ulster Museum, you may need to queue for a few minutes while we scan tickets. At busy times you may be required to queue outside. We appreciate your patience as we ensure your arrival is as quick and as safe as possible. 

Late arrivals 

Be sure to arrive at the museum in good time. In the event of late arrival, we will try our best to process your booking, however entry cannot be guaranteed. 


Large pockets are a must because our cloakrooms are closed for now.

Food and Drink  

Our Loaf Café is open during museum hours serving light bites and refreshments but with reduced capacity and social distancing measures in place. Contactless payment is advised. If you wish, you can also bring a picnic to eat outdoors in Botanic Gardens.