Almost 60 000 visit new Ulster Museum in first 10 days
Published: 02 November 2009
Almost 60,000 people visited the Ulster Museum in the first ten days following its re-opening on Thursday October 22nd. This outstanding level of public interest is the equivalent of visitor traffic previously achieved in a three and half month period prior to refurbishment.
Visitor satisfaction is being carefully monitored to ensure that despite the exceptional volumes of museum-goers their experience is as high quality as possible.
The Ulster Museum’s Head of Operations Les McLean says opening just before the mid-term break was a good test for the museum’s new visitor facilities;
“I am delighted that the Ulster Museum, its experiences and hands-on exhibits are exceeding expectations,” says Mr McLean. “We look forward to building on this success through a varied and exciting programme of events and activities over the coming months. The very popular discovery zones, too, will continue to offer learners of all ages the opportunity to engage with our collections in innovative and exciting ways, including Discover Nature’s RSPB programme and Discover Art’s artist in residence,” he says.
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The Ulster Museum’s enhanced education programme is rapidly being booked up for the next year and for the first time ever corporate and commercial use of the site is being made available to organisations on a hire basis.
The refurbished museum now has 1,225 square metres more exhibition space than the former site and re-opened in a blaze of publicity on October 22 with a headline exhibition of one of the world’s greatest living abstract artists, Sean Scully.
The Ulster Museum opens six days a week from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm, closed Mondays except for Bank Holidays.
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