By Brian English, Tour Guide, Belfast City Sightseeing
Calling All Art Lovers!
If you enjoy browsing through art galleries then you’re in for a treat, because Belfast boasts some of the most interesting and quirky art collections and exhibitions in the Province – and what’s more, there’s not a mural in sight!
The Ulster Museum, situated in the grounds of Belfast’s famous Botanic Gardens, is staging a fabulous exhibition which looks at the role of nature and art and features the work of Irish and International artists over the last 70 years.
The exhibition is free of charge and what’s more, the Museum is just a few minutes’ walk from Stop 17 on Belfast City Sightseeing’s Hop-on Hop-off open top bus tour.
The exhibition is largely drawn (no pun intended!) from the Ulster Museum’s own collection and you can enjoy paintings by internationally acclaimed artists like Matisse as well as local artists like William McKeown from Co Tyrone.
The Gallery of Applied Art is said to house the best collection of its kind outside London’s V & A. And there are also comprehensive history and natural science sections as well as an excellent exhibition about The Troubles.
And, of course, no visit to the Ulster Museum would be complete without a trip to the ground floor café which overlooks the Botanic Gardens and where you can enjoy a welcome cuppa and one of Belfast’s famous traybakes!
You could spend a whole day at the Ulster Museum and still not see it all. So why not take advantage of Belfast City Sightseeing’s 48-hour open top bus ticket and hop-off at Stop 17 and see for yourself just what this iconic attraction has to offer.
The Ulster Museum is open daily (except Mondays) from 10am-5pm and the exhibition runs until the end of June.