The Ulster American Folk Park is an outdoor museum just outside Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. The museum tells the story of three centuries of Irish emigration. With over 30 exhibit buildings to explore, visitors embark on a journey that takes them from the thatched cottages Ulster, on board a full scale emigrant sailing ship, to the log cabins of the American Frontier. With costumed guides to chat and traditional crafts to see, focusing their historical story of those who left Ulster for America in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The museum is part of National Museums Northern Ireland. [2] [3] [4] [5]

In the museum there are many carefully restored original exhibits buildings relating to local families. The park has been developed around the Mellon House, the birthplace of Irish-American bank and attorney Thomas Mellon, founder of the Mellon banking dynasty. This house and its outbuildings remain in its original location. Visitors can taste samples of traditional Irish and Pioneer American foods as they stroll around the museum including freshly baked soda bread and pumpkin pie all made of fireplaces and grills of the exhibition buildings. The museum also includes agricultural displays and a variety of pets.

The park is open all year, except for some holidays.


The demonstrations taking place show up day-to-day tasks and expertise of those who lived in a time like blacksmithing, candle-dipping, embroidery, spinning, printing, fireplace cooking and so on. The museum runs a lively program of events and exhibitions that connect to their collections. The museum’s current temporary exhibition “Titanic: Window on Emigration” looks at the stories of some of the Irish emigrants who traveled on the Titanic and includes a recreation of a third-class cabin. The museum also hosts many international exhibitions in recent years, including Fighting Irish from the Irish Arts Center in New York that showcased the influence of Irish emigrants in the sport of boxing, and Warriors of the Plains from the British Museum, which explored the fascinating world of Native North ~~ POS = TRUNC US ~~ POS = HEAD COMP Inidians. Special events highlight the culture of both new world and old world, such as the US Independence Day, Halloween, Easter and of course Saint Patrick’s Day. Crucible of emigrant music is celebrated with a three-day Bluegrass Music Festival every September.

Museum Visitor Centre houses a cafĂ© and shop as well as the permanent exhibition “The Emigrants” which introduces the history of emigration from Sweden to America before visitors aboard their trip around the open-air museum and along the Emigrant. There is free parking on site.


Research and education

The input section provides accommodation for up to forty-six people, a restaurant, frequented Information Center and the Center for Migration Studies (CMS). CMS has an attached library and offers, together medUniversity of Ulster and Queen’s University of Belfast, graduate and undergraduate courses, as well as customized and shorter courses; all courses the study of Irish migration from 1600 to the present. The specialist research library contains about 10,000 volumes, over 50 magazines, maps, audiovisual materials, and a collection of primary source documents (the Irish Emigration Database) that is searchable on the computer. The center is open to visitors during basic office, and closed during the holidays.

Old World

The old world region includes the entire streets original houses, an original printing press, a bank, an old police barracks, ancient Castle National School, and two kyrkor.Centralt for this region is the childhood home of Thomas Mellon, judge and founder of the Pittsburgh banking dynasty.

Some of the two-up, two-down house in one of the reconstructed streets in the park were transported in their entirety from Sandy Row, off the Donegall Road in Belfast, and other buildings have been transported from elsewhere in the province.

New World

Combining parts of the park Old and New World is Ship and dock gallery, which includes Brig Union , a full-size replica of the sailing ship immigrant.

The historic atmosphere continues in the new world area, which has a recreated old American street with a tinsmith display and the original interior of the Virginia General Store. Beyond the street starts to limit the trip with a stop at the 1720s Fulton stone house, painstakingly settled in Lancaster County and rebuild here.Other original boundary house that you encounter in a journey through the “American” part of the museum is an Appalachian log from Washington County Western Pennsylvania, 1830 West Virginia Richard McCallister home away from Cabell county, and soon opened a brick plantation house built by Francis Rogan in the early 19th century near Nashville in Tennessee.

See also

  • Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
  • Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
  • Ulster Museum
  • Ulster Scots
  • National Museums Northern Ireland


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