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Discovering the museum

The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum stands in 177 acres and is one of Northern Ireland’s foremost visitor attractions, capturing a disappearing way of life, preserving traditional skills and celebrating transport history.

The Museum comprises three distinct yet inter-related display areas: the Folk Museum with its rural and urban areas, the Folk Galleries and the Transport Museum.

The Folk Museum - a step back in time

Corner shop in Ballycultra town

The open air Folk Museum tells the story of a typical Ulster town where visitors can go on a journey into the past and call into the bank, the schoolhouse, churches, the silent cinema, a printer’s workshop and other venues from the early 20th century. To create this authentic setting, various buildings have been painstakingly removed from their original sites throughout Ulster and re-erected at the museum.

You won't find objects displayed in glass cases at the Museum, you will see them in their original context - what's more you will meet our costumed staff who are happy to share their knowledge with visitors.

Go Country

Farm animals at the Outdoor folk museumFurther exploration will take you to the cottages and prosperous farmhouses of the Rural Area, where you can learn about the daily lives of their inhabitants. Farmland is tilled and farmyard animals reared using the methods and equipment of a bygone age. Small rural industries are also a feature of the landscape. Please note, there are some uneven surfaces and steep slopes.

The Folk Galleries

The indoor Folk Galleries, located beside the Town area of the Museum, holds the Food and Farming and the Meet the Victorians galleries as well as a temporary exhibition space.  See the 'What's On' section for the latest details and our newest exhibitions.

The Transport Museum - from slipe... to flight

Flight gallery in the transport museumOur Transport Galleries take visitors through the history of transport, from before the introduction of the wheel, to modern aviation, marking Northern Ireland’s unique contribution at each stage. 

Highlights include the Irish Rail Collection, the TITANICa exhibition and the interactive Flight Experience gallery where groups can ride the full motion flight simulator, guaranteed to sweep them off their feet!

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