Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, County Down

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, County Down

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Take a journey through time and discover what life was life 100 years ago. Cottages, farms, schools and shop from eras long gone by have been recreated here for you to explore. Amidst the beautiful parkland of the Folk Museum you will find yourself chatting to costumed visitors demonstrating traditional crafts. Whilst in the Transport Museum you can climb on and off majestic steam locomotives or experience the sensation of flight.

Set over 170 acres, the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum will keep you entertained for hours as you wander around its numerous enthralling exhibitions and galleries including the Outdoor Folk Museum, the Folk Gallery and the transport Museum.

The Outdoor Folk Museum

The Outdoor Folk Museum is divided into two sections: Ballycultra Town and the rural Area. In Bally Cultra Town you will find a collection of more than 30 different exhibit buildings removed from their original sites around various parts of Ulster and then re-erected in the open air museum, giving you an idea of what it would have been like to be around 100 years ago. The Rural Area is comprised of 15 exhibits buildings such as prosperous farmhouse, a rural school, cottieer’s houses and byre dwellings to give you a sense of life from the turn of the century
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The Folk Gallery

The folk gallery houses two main galleries: “Meet the Victorians” and “Food and Farming”. The first of these will teach you about how Victorians dressed, their dietary habits, how they kept clean and their various inventions. “Food and Farming” displays examples of traditional farming machinery, equipment as well as crops, animals and typical recipes they would have been used in.

The Transport Museum

This part of the museum is divided into three sections: the Irish Railway Gallery, The Road Transport Galleries and the General Transport Galleries covering the complete history of all forms of transport used throughout Ireland. It covers the entire time span from the earliest recorded modes of transport through to the present day, and includes all forms of visual, oral or three-dimensional evidence.

 

See also the Ulster American Folk Parkin County Tyrone.

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