National Museums brings your event together

National MuseumsPlanning an engaging and memorable corporate event is no small feat. Your checklist is long, with many stakeholders to please. There are many choices to make, and any of them could make or break your event. Venue choice is the most important of all—on average, almost one-fifth of UK events’ budgets are spent on venue hire[1].

A distinctive event weaves venue, speakers, food, and entertainment together into a conceptual whole. Whether you are hosting a conference on international trade, or an intimate fun day for valued colleagues, there’s a National Museums Northern Ireland venue to bring it all together. Stand out from the crowd by hosting your event at a cultural landmark steeped in history.

The Ulster Museum is a jewel in Belfast’s crown. It speaks volumes about the vision and ambition of this city. Host your corporate event in this treasure house of Northern Ireland’s past and present.

Invite your guests to relax and connect among the unique collections of art, historical artefacts, and natural wonders. Come face to face with dinosaurs, meet an ancient mummy, or surround yourself with modern masterpieces. The entire museum can be opened for a stunning reception, catering for up to 1500 guests, or you can host a smaller group in the grand yet intimate setting of the Belfast Room. The state-of-the-art lecture theatre boasts a crisp sound system and excellent acoustics, a capacity of 180 and professional conference facilities.

The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum boasts a range of different settings to give your event a distinctive atmosphere. It’s one of the most popular destinations in Northern Ireland, so why not treat visitors from out of town? Host your event in the spectacular setting of the Irish Railway Gallery, surrounded by steam locomotives, passenger carriages, and goods wagons. It makes an impressive backdrop for gala dinners, award ceremonies, evening meetings, lectures, and seminars. Create a warm and sumptuous ambience in Cultra Manor, one of the last mansions to be built by the landed gentry in Ireland. You can hire the entire house, or individual rooms for smaller groups. Ballycultra Town, a slice of Edwardian Ulster, is a stunning setting for less formal events. Family events, team building days, product launches, and dinners can all be enhanced with the charm and elegance of our heritage.

The Ulster American Folk Park is a unique event venue rich in symbolism. Its purpose is to bring the human drama of Irish emigration to life, and occupies a conceptual space between the old world and the new. It offers fascinating insights into our history. Entertain your guests in the shadow of The Brig Union, a faithful replica of a nineteenth century emigrant ship.

Whether you’re hosting international clients, positioning your business for exporting, or exploring your links to the global economy, the Ulster American Folk Park is a distinctive and atmospheric setting that is bound to get your guests talking.

All National Museums Northern Ireland’s venues are staffed by professional Events Teams who are on hand to help you craft the perfect event. We provide all the facilities that you expect—fabulous fine dining menus made from local produce, audio-visual equipment, and accompanying person programmes to help you get the most out of the collections.

No matter what type of event you’re planning to host, you’ve got a lot to consider. Let National Museums Northern Ireland help you bring it all together with a range of distinctive and atmospheric settings. Get started at


Profile of the Meeting Industry in the UK (2011), Hotel Booking Agents Association UK


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