Ulster Museum, Belfast

Visited on 16th December 2015

The Ulster Museum, located in the Botanic Gardens in Belfast, has around 8,000 square metres of public display space.

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It features material from the collections of fine art and applied art, archaeology, ethnography, treasures from the Spanish Armada, local history, numismatics, industrial archaeology, botany, zoology and geology.

It is the largest museum in Northern Ireland, and one of the components of National Museums Northern Ireland.

The Museum is free to enter and has a museum shop and cafe, the cloakroom charges £1 per item. Photography is permitted without flash.

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Address: Botanic Gardens, Belfast, County Antrim BT9 5AB

Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10.00 – 17.00

Monday – Closed (except for Northern Ireland Bank Holidays)

Telephone: 0845 608 0000

Website: http://nmni.com/um

The Egyptian Collection.


Takabuti, an Egyptian mummy from the 25th Dynasty (7th century BC), was brought back to a new home inside the museum where she is  the centrepiece of a new display exploring life and death in ancient Egypt.

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Over two thousand five hundred years ago, Takabuti was a fine lady, the mistress of an important house near Thebes in Egypt.

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Inner and Outer coffins

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Painstaking work was completed to study the mummy and to reconstruct the face of Takabuti. The result is fascinating and gives us a real lifelike glimpse into her face.


As well as the major focus on Takabuti herself, artifacts include and teach you about the process of mummification, the gods worshipped by the ancient Egyptians and some of their customs and religious practices.

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