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Weddings at The Ulster Museum: One of a Kind Celebrations Your Guests Will Love

Get married under the watchful eye of a dinosaur with an unforgettable wedding at the Ulster Museum. Here, you'll find out all the must-have information for a one-of-a-kind wedding

Exterior of the Ulster Museum with colourful lighting and a sculpture

Exterior of the Ulster Museum with colourful lighting and a sculpture

Have you always dreamed of getting married at a museum wedding venue? If so, You'll love the Ulster Museum in Belfast. Whether you're visiting for the day or planning a wedding here, this is a must-see for all couples! 

History, art, and culture all wrapped up into one stunning building; how's that for a romantic wedding venue? The Ulster Museum in Belfast sets the scene for a breathtaking wedding, from its stately exterior to its light and airy indoor spaces. In this guide, we'll tell you all about this museum, giving you all the information you need to know as you search for the perfect landmark wedding venue.

Ulster Museum: The Belfast Wedding Venue You Need to Know About

In addition to a range of event spaces, the museum is home to all sorts of displays, from dinosaurs to paintings, which you're free to use in your wedding photography for a one-of-a-kind backdrop. Explore the culture of Northern Ireland as you make your own little bit of history with a beautiful Ulster Museum wedding.

Can You Get Married in the Ulster Museum?

A couple standing in front of packed shelves in the Ulster Museum gift shop after their museum wedding ceremony

In a word - yes! The Ulster Museum offers a range of event spaces for you to choose from, depending on the size of your guest list.

You'll also have the support of the museum's in-house events team, who will be on hand to help you throughout the entire wedding planning process. They know that every wedding is different and will work with you to match you with the space that best suits your needs and vision for the day.

The Ulster Museum opening times are usually from 10am to 5pm, but from 5pm onwards, the museum will be exclusively yours. Plus, with the museum's one-wedding-per-day policy, you will have the undivided attention of the staff for as much guidance as you need.

As an extra bonus, any couple who has an Ulster Museum wedding will enjoy a year of free membership to the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum. What a treat!

Weddings & Events at the Ulster Museum

There are so many different spaces and areas where you can tie the knot in the Ulster Museum. To ensure you find the room that's perfect for you, we've taken a closer look at each of the unique spaces. From The Belfast Room to The Atrium, there's bound to be a room that'll deliver your perfect Ulster Museum Wedding. 

The Belfast Room

Rows of Chiavari chairs face a simple floral archway in a room with fresh walls and warm wooden floors.

With its own private entrance, The Belfast Room is perfect for intimate weddings. This space is licensed for civil ceremonies and is also available to use for wedding breakfasts and receptions. It can welcome between 60 and 100 guests, letting you spend time with all of your nearest and dearest.

The Belfast Room has a neutral colour scheme, polished parquet floor, and plenty of natural light, perfect for those who like minimalistic elegance. 

The Atrium

Chairs are arranged around round tables with tall pink and purple flower arrangements in a modern space with high ceilings and plenty of light

Home to some of the most beautiful pieces on display in the Ulster Museum, The Atrium is sure to make a lasting impression on every visitor. This sophisticated space welcomes gatherings with up to 150 attendees or evening receptions with 200 guests.

The Atrium features a modern design, with bright white walls, plenty of sparkling glass, and high ceilings that create a sense of spaciousness, while a Triceratops keeps watch over the festivities. 

Window on the World Gallery

A couple poses in front of a dinosaur skeleton

Fully immerse yourself in the magic of the museum with this striking space. It sits adjacent to the Atrium and showcases the diversity of all of the museum's displays. The gallery is ideal for a drinks reception or cocktail hour, with plenty of fun photo opportunities and backdrops as you celebrate with your loved ones.

Who needs a wedding photo booth when you have all that to look at? Although, having both would be double the fun!

How Much Are Weddings at the Ulster Museum?

A couple laughing as they take part in a hand-tying wedding ceremony in one of the rooms at the Ulster Museum n Belfast

There are a few different factors that will impact the price of a wedding at the Ulster Museum. Good news, though - this means that you can work with the various options to find something that fits your wedding budget, allowing you to exchange vows in a memorable museum setting.

All-day wedding hire in the Belfast Room will cost around £1,500, while you can expect to pay up to £3,500 for a full day of festivities spread across the Lecture Theatre, Belfast Room, Foyer, and Atrium. And all you need to do to secure your dream wedding date is pay a deposit. This can be £100 for the ceremony only, or £500 for receptions or day-long celebrations. 

Other factors that will influence the cost of a wedding at the Ulster Museum include the time of year you want to get married, as well as what day of the week you choose. Once you've settled on a date, you can then choose the event spaces that best fit the size of your guest list.

To-be-weds can host just their ceremony or reception here or spend a full day among the magic of the museum's collections. If you opt to just host the ceremony at the museum, you can add a drinks reception afterwards for an additional fee to toast to your newlywed status.

Your wedding breakfast can be handled by the talented in-house chefs and catering team. You'll be able to work closely with them to design the perfect menu of food and drink, with some of the dining options they're happy to accommodate including high teas and sharing roasts.

Where is the Ulster Museum?

Finally, where is the Ulster Museum, we hear you ask? It sits at the heart of Belfast's Botanic Gardens, a 28-acre public park near Queens University in Belfast, Co. Antrim. The museum is about one mile away from the city centre, with street parking available on the roads surrounding the gardens.

You can also make use of the gardens in your wedding photography, but wedding photographers recommend that you book a license through Belfast council to make sure you can have the space to yourself and not be disturbed by members of the public. 

For more information on this glorious spot, visit the Ulster Museum listing, or browse more of our favourite wedding venues in Northern Ireland here.