Belfast Telegraph

Friday 30 January 2015

Visitors flock to Ulster Museum

Specialist conservator Nigel Larkin   installs the last piece of the skull of the 6 metre long Edmontosaurus dinosaur skeleton
Specialist conservator Nigel Larkin installs the last piece of the skull of the 6 metre long Edmontosaurus dinosaur skeleton
The striking 23 metre high atrium at the entrance to the Ulster Museum
The silver gilt arm-reliquary - popularly called the Shrine of St Patrick's hand
The Gallery of Applied Art
Visitor guide Kathryn Foster admires the Marc Jacobs shoes on show amongst the modern design classics
The face of Takabuti is revealed for the first time as a reconstruction based on work by forensic archeological experts that will be one of the artifacts on show when the Ulster Museum re-opens again to the public
specialist conservator Nigel Larkin installed the last piece of the skull of the 6 metre long Edmontosaurus dinosaur skeleton
The Fossils & Evolution section of the Ulster Museum
The Ulster Museum is headlining its re-opening programme with a major retrospective of the works of Sean Scully. Over eighty pieces will be on display in nine galleries that are connected by walkways and stairs all the way to the top of the 23 metre high atrium.
Jill Kerr, from the Ulster Musuem, puts the finishing touches to Peter the Polar bear after the bear was reinstated as part of the 'Window on Our World' exhibition.
The mineral gallery
Visiter guide Beth Frazer pictured with a deer after a Major £17 million rejuvenation project
Ulster museum prepares for landmark reopening
Ulster museum prepares for landmark reopening
Visitor guide Kathryn Foster pictured with Hippopotamus lower jaw
Ulster museum prepares for landmark reopening

Over 16,000 people visited the Ulster Museum in the first fours days after its re-opening.

The popular tourist attraction was closed three years ago for refurbishment and since then around £17m has been spent on transforming the 1920s building into an attraction rivalling some of the best museums in the world.

It re-opened last Thursday and museum bosses have said the number of people who stopped by to take a look at the revamped premises in the first four days was testament to the museum’s popularity.

“People from across Northern Ireland and hundreds of international visitors have been pouring in to see for themselves the magnificent new Ulster Museum and I am thrilled and encouraged by the extremely positive reaction we have been receiving,” National Museums Northern Ireland director Tim Cooke said.

Video: Ulster Museum re-opens to public

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