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Immerse yourself in the story of Irish emigration at the museum that brings it to life. Experience the adventure that takes you from the thatched cottages of Ulster on board a full-scale emigrant sailing ship to the log cabins of the American frontier. Meet an array of costumed characters with traditional crafts to show, tales to tell and food to share.

The indoor exhibition at the Ulster American Folk Park examines life in Ulster in the 18th and 19th centuries. It reveals the reasons behind the exodus and shows how the settlers adapted to and impacted on a new and unfamiliar environment. The ultimate in Living History the outdoor museum brings to life people’s daily routines and activities in both the Old and New worlds. Notable buildings include the famous Mellon Homestead as well as a fine collection of buildings from America which have been relocated to the museum. An Ulster Street complete with original shop fronts and an American Street have been reconstructed alongside a full-scale dockside gallery and ship, the Brig Union. Together they recreate the conditions that many thousands of emigrants experienced before, during and after the arduous Atlantic crossing.

The museum recreates a time when local crafts and trades people played a vital part in manufacturing and delivering the goods and services that were needed. Costumed visitor guides relate tales of everyday life and customs while demonstrating traditional crafts and skills such as spinning, basket making, printing, quilting, blacksmithing, open hearth cooking and corn craft.
Based at the Ulster American Folk Park is the Centre for Migration studies providing an invaluable resource for visitors wishing to trace their Irish roots. Expert staff are on hand to advise on the library collections and the Irish emigration database which form a valuable reference source.

Located in the West of Ireland the museum is easily reached from Belfast, Derry, Fermanagh or Donegal. It has a coffee shop serving a range of main courses and a large selection of treats. Their gift shop sells a wide range of books along with locally sourced crafts and jewellery.

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