The Ulster Museum

The Museum’s art collections represent Northern Ireland’s premier visual arts holding

The Ulster Museum’s art collections represent Northern Ireland’s premier public visual arts holding, collected since the 1880s.

Ranging from high profile works to major study collections from the seventeenth century to present day, they are of national and international importance.

The collections are exhibited in a series of changing displays in recently refurbished art galleries on the top floor of the Ulster Museum. This area also includes the largest temporary exhibition space in Ireland.

As well as paintings, sculpture, and works on paper such as watercolours, prints and drawings, the galleries hold collections of furniture, fashion, textiles, silver and metalwork, jewellery, pottery and porcelain, glass, and dolls and toys.

The history department holds and collects material evidence relating to the social, economic and political history of Ireland, with particular emphasis on Ulster from 1600 and Northern Ireland from 1921.

Domestic and folk life items have in most cases been transferred to the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.