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The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum are located about 11 kilometres east of Belfast city Northern Ireland. The Folk Museum shows the life and traditions of the Northern Ireland people while Transport museum strives to exhibit past and present methods of transport by either land air or sea.
The Folk Museum was created in 1958 by an Act of Parliament with an aim of preserving rural way of life. There was fear of increasing urbanisation that would eventually lead to disappearance of the past rural ways of life in Northern Ireland. The Museum was built in an estate that was formerly owned by Sir Robert Kennedy and officially opened to the public in 1964.
Folk Museum merged with the Belfast transport Museum in 1967 to create Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. Transport Museum moved new Rail and Road Galleries in Cultra closer to Folk Museum in 1993.
The Ulster Folk Museum
The Ulster Folk Museum is home to ancient buildings and dwelling collected from different locations in Ireland. About 170 acres of the museum is dedicated for demonstrating the 20th century rural ways of life. The countryside way of life in well recreated in the Museum, elaborated with farms, cottages, livestock and crops.
There are activities to enjoy and remind one of their heritage such as needlework, hearth cooking, and traditional Irish crafts demonstrations. The new development incorporated in the museum have encouraged new visitors and led to international recognition.
The museum archives the Northern Ireland main film, television, sound and photography. It is home to BBC Northern Ireland archive of television and radio programmes. It prides in possession of 2000 hours of sound material which were broadcasted between the year 1972 and 2002 from different Irish radio stations.
The Transport Museum
This museum holds a wide collection of transport history and delve in telling of the Ireland transport history. The Irish railway collection constitutes of more than 150 years of railway history. These include passenger carriages, good wagons and steam locomotives in combination with highly interactive displays.
The vehicles in the new road display include buses, cars, motorcycles and trams. DMC DeLorean car is among the most popular attraction. This model was popularized by Back to the Future and was manufactured by the DeLorean Motor Company located in Belfast. Lastly, the Museum boasts of the famous Titanic Exhibition that vividly documents the construction and completion of the ill-fated ship.