The artworks on display highlight the two main strengths of the collection, the 18th century and the contemporary period. The historic collections are of mostly Irish material, and the contemporary collections are international in scope.

Applied art may be a term that not all people will be familiar with, some museums call this part of the collection decorative arts or crafts. We use the term applied art because not only do we have beautiful objects that have been designed for functional use such as tea pots and drinking glasses, but the Ulster Museum also has sculptural artworks made in materials that would not be associated with the fine art collection.

There are specific displays relating to:

  • Belleek Pottery and Irish Ceramics
  • Irish Glass
  • Irish Silver
  • The Kildare Toilet Service
  • Contemporary Ceramics, Glass, Silver and Metalwork