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Guidelines for visitors

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

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Photography & filming policy

Visitor’s photography

Visitors are welcome to use their cameras around the museum to take photographs. Care should be taken not to contravene the privacy of other visitors, and in particular no identifiable images of children should be taken without parental consent.

Unless there are specific restrictions, visitors are permitted to photograph or film National Museums NI’s displayed collections for personal use, including for sharing on social media. Visitors may not use flash, a tripod, monopod or supplementary lighting.

Photography and video are not allowed in some special exhibitions, selected galleries, or of items on loan to National Museums (permission is required from the owner and copyright restrictions may apply). Where photography and video are not permitted, explanatory signage is used to inform visitors.

Drone cameras are not allowed in the museum.

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.

Visitors may gain permission to photograph National Museums’ stored collections for strictly personal use (e.g. research), for non-commercial, non-publication purposes, or for private study.

Please contact the relevant curatorial department to obtain permission and arrange an appointment:

The Picture Library facilitates all requests for high-resolution, publication-standard images of National Museums’ sites and collections. Please visit the Picture Library or e-mail


For the protection of the exhibits, food and drinks are not permitted on the galleries. Babies’ bottles are allowed but they must be held by the parents. It is recommended that you avail of the lunch room that is provided on the ground floor if you wish to eat or drink something.

The Ulster Museum is part of the Breastfeeding Welcome Here scheme and breastfeeding is allowed anywhere in the building.

Touching objects

Please do not touch the items on display as even the cleanest of hands can damage the surface of objects.
Some of the artefacts in the Discover Areas can be handled. Please ask one of the Discover Area Facilitators during your visit.


Sketching and drawing the objects in the museum with graphite and coloured pencils is encouraged although watercolours, spray paints, adhesives, fixatives and other wet materials are prohibited as they may contain substances harmful to our collections and visitors. We must also ask you to refrain from using objects, cases or plinths as support for drawing boards. Stools are available to borrow in most galleries for those that need them. On the rare occasion that sketching is prohibited within an exhibition or specific parts of the museum we ask that you respect those conditions of access.

Back packs

Back packs should be left in the cloakroom before the start of your visit. In cases where this is not possible, you should wear your back packs on your front to avoid damaging the exhibits and works of art.

Child supervision

Children visiting the Ulster Museum must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all time, this includes any time spent in the Discover Areas.
A child is defined as someone who is under 18 years of age.