Welcome to the Ulster American Folk Park, an open-air museum in Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland. The museum tells the story of emigration from Ulster to America in the 18th & 19th centuries and provides visitors with a “living history” experience on its outdoor site.

Costumed demonstrators go about their everyday tasks in a traditional manner in authentically furnished buildings.

Visitors are able to taste traditional fayre and see demonstrations on traditional Irish and American crafts and agriculture including spinning, printing, blacksmithing and textiles.The Ship and Dockside Gallery features a full-size reconstruction of an early 19th century sailing ship of the type which carried thousands of emigrants across the Atlantic.The Old World and New World layout of the Park illustrates the various aspects of emigrant life on both sides of the Atlantic. The museum also includes an indoor Emigrants Exhibition and includes a Centre for Migration Studies/library which is accessible to all visitors if they wish to research their ancestry.

A full programme of special events is organised throughout the year including the award winning annual Appalachian & Bluegrass Music Festival (first weekend in September) and the ever popular Halloween Festival.

Now in its 17th year the Annual Appalachian and Bluegrass Festival has become one of the largest bluegrass events outside of North America.The Annual Appalachian & Bluegrass Music Festival runs over three days and features a range of attractions including the ‘Bluegrass in The Park’ outdoor musical performances and three major evening concerts in the festival marquee.

Cameras

Visitors are welcome to use their cameras around the Park to take photographs for their own personal use. Care should be taken not to contravene the privacy of other visitors, and in particular no identifiable images of children should be taken without parental consent.

Dogs

Dogs are not permitted on the museum site (Guide Dogs excepted)

Picnics and food

A designated picnic area is provided adjacent to the car park. Food and drinks are not permitted on the museum site.

History

Established in 1976, as Northern Irelands contribution to the American bicentenary, the Folk Park has been constructed around the original homestead of Thomas Mellon, who as a 5 year old boy had emigrated with his parents to Western Pennsylvania.The Mellon family, and in particular Dr T Matthew Mellon, initiated the restoration of the Mellon homestead which was completed in 1968. Further development took place in the 1970’s, when Dr Matthew T Mellon and Mr Eric Montgomery OBE were instrumental in the establishment of the Ulster American Folk Park, which portrayed the emigrant trail to America.

Since its opening in July 1976 the Park has grown rapidly and with the addition of a number of original exhibit buildings, the museum now represents the broad spectrum of 18th and 19th century emigration from Ulster to America.

On 1 October 1998 the Ulster American Folk Park joined with Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Armagh Museum and the Ulster Museum to form the National Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland and plans are currently being prepared to develop a National Museum of Emigration. 1 April to 30 September 2008 (to be confirmed)Monday to Saturday 10.30am-4.30pm (Museum closes 6.00pm)Sundays/Public Holidays 11.00am-5.00pm (Museum closes 6.30pm)

The Centre for Migration Studies

Monday to Friday 10.30am-4.45pmClosed weekends and Public Holidays

Museum Coffee Shop

Daily 10.30am-5.00pm during museum opening

Museum Restaurant

By arrangement in advance: (028) 8224 0918

Admission pricesAdult £5.00* £4.50 without gift aidConcession £3.00* £2.50 without gift aidFamily (2 adults & up to 3 children) £13.00* £11.50 without gift aidFamily (1 adult & up to 3 children) £11.00* £9.50 without gift aidChildren 4 years & under Free

*As a charity, the Ulster American Folk Park relies on support from people like you to enable us to carry out vital conservation work and to care for the exhibits.

Prices include a voluntary 10% donation that allows us to collect Gift Aid which, if you are a UK tax payer, means we can claim back the tax on your ticket, currently 28p for every £1.Concession rate applies to children 4-16, senior citizens and people with disabilities.10% discount on full rate for groups with 15 or moreTours and Trails 2.50Winter Workshops (including materials) 2.80

Location

Ulster American Folk Park, Castletown, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, BT78 5QY

By Bus from Belfast

Goldliner Express Bus No. 273 from Belfast to Derry passes the main gates of the Folk Park. The Express stops on request outside the main gates of the Folk Park. The nearest local bus station is in Omagh, which also has a a local service passing the Folk Park.

In addition taxis are usually available at Omagh Bus Station. More information on bus services is available from Translink.

A large car and coach park can accommodate up to 350 cars. The drive time from Belfast is approx. 1.30 hours. Parking is free.

If you would like an accurate map reference location for the Ulster American Folk Park, type the postcode, BT78 5QY into Google Maps

If you would driving directions to the Ulster American Folk Park from anywhere in Northern Ireland, use Route Planner and type BT78 5QY into destination box.

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