Collection Highlight Tours
Collection Highlights are 'tours' of selected areas of our collections. Click on any of the tours below to explore more.
Born in 1864, he was a riveter at Harland & Wolff’s shipyard in Belfast for forty years. As a boy, he became fascinated with the fossils and minerals found in rocks, and geology became his life-long hobby.
Flights of Fancy
The Ulster Museum’s bird collection contains more than 10,000 specimens and includes mounted birds, skeletons, skins and clutches of eggs.
Thomas Gallaher began as one man handrolling and selling tobacco products. He became known as the ‘Tobacco King’ and owned the largest tobacco factory in the world in Belfast on York Street.
Minerals are the substances that make up the rocks of the Earth’s crust. Scientists have identified over 3,000 minerals.
The earliest known representation of a mask comes from the wall painting on the Trois Freres cave in the Ariege region of France, which is dated to c 40, 000 BC. The painting appears to depict an upright standing man wearing a horned mask and this figure has been named 'the Sorcerer'.
The Arts and Crafts of Africa
The Ulster Museum's collection of art and crafts of Africa is the result of trading, missionary, military and diplomatic activities, as well as the activities of private individuals during the 19th and 20th centuries.
Belleek Pottery Collection
The Belleek collection at the Ulster Museum is not as vast as some private collections but numbering nearly 200 items, it does contain pieces that do not as far as we know exist anywhere else. This tour gives highlights of the Ulster Museum Belleek collection including unusual and unique pieces.
Kim Mawhinney, Head of Art