The opening date for the refurbished Ulster Museum has been confirmed.
To coincide with the 80th anniversary of the official opening ceremony of the original Ulster Museum in 1929, then known as the Belfast Municipal Museum and Art Gallery, the south Belfast museum is to open on Thursday, October 22.
The announcement was made as the six metre long Edmontosaurus dinosaur skeleton — one of the museum’s most popular exhibits — was installed at the foot of the three-storey high ‘Window on Our World’ display tower.
Chief executive of National Museums Northern Ireland, Tim Cooke, said: “We are delighted to confirm that we will be open to the public again from October 22.
“Our learning programmes will be available for schools and we will be taking a new approach to events, exhibitions, lifelong learning and partnership working to ensure our community engagement is as broad and meaningful as possible.”
The Edmontosaurus skeleton’s new home will be on the lower level of Window on Our World, a polished steel and glass display tower which will house some of the museum’s best known objects.
The Edmontosaurus is one of several thousand objects making their way back to the Ulster Museum ahead of the reopening.