Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Ulster Museum is Northern Ireland’s busiest attraction

It's official — the Ulster Museum in south Belfast is now Northern Ireland’s busiest tourist attraction.

Since it reopened in October last year after an impressive £17.2 million facelift, over 200,000 people have filed through its doors.

And the 200,000th visitor was Emma Boyle from Rosetta, a teacher at Malone College.

Director of Museums Northern Ireland Tim Cooke said the Botanic Gardens building was steadily continuing to draw visitors from near and far.

“It’s been very encouraging to welcome new audiences as well as to see the positive reaction of those who were familiar with the old museum,” he said.

“We have in place a varied range of programming and partnership activity and would invite those who haven’t yet experienced the new Ulster Museum to come and see it for themselves.”

Niall Gibbons chief executive of Tourism Ireland described the facility as “a wonderful addition to the Belfast — and indeed the island of Ireland — tourist experience.”

The success story is ongoing with the schools education programme already fully booked until June.

Next month a major new series of art exhibitions will be launched, showcasing some of the best Irish and international art from the museum’s own permanent collection.

Other events including movie matinees, bird watching with the RSPB and applied art master classes have all proved to be hugely popular.

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