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National Museums Northern Ireland run the Making Connections and Live & Learn programmes. They are developed in association with Age NI and funded by the Big Lottery. Find out more below.

Making Connections

Making Connections takes place on a set day each month in three National Museums Northern Ireland venues.

If you come to one of the museums on a Making Connections afternoon you can expect free entry from 12 noon if you are 50 or over. This will provide you with access to all our exhibitions and additional programming specifically for the over 50s in the form of a workshop, talk or demonstration.

You have the option to take part in whatever has been programmed for the afternoon or just wander through the museum. It’s up to you! You can discover what is on offer in advance by visiting the Museums' website

When does Making Connections happen?

Ulster Museum, Belfast - first Wednesday of the month
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra - second Wednesday of the month
Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh - third Wednesday of each month.

Entry to the Ulster American Folk Park and Ulster Folk and Transport Museum will be free after 12 noon to anyone aged over 50 on the set day. Entry to the Ulster Museum is always free.

Do I have to book?

Only if a workshop is advertised as requiring advance booking, otherwise you can just turn up on the day. For activity that does not require booking, we still recommend you telephone before departure to avoid disappointment.

Find upcoming events

Ulster Museum Events
Making Connections: April - Sept 2015 programme

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum Events 
Making Connections: April - Sept 2015 programme

Ulster American Folk Park Events


Live and Learn Art Afternoons

Free monthly tours for anyone affected by dementia at the Ulster Museum, Belfast.

Join the Live and Learn team for a series of free Art Afternoons; relaxed and informal monthly guided tours specifically developed for anyone affected by dementia, their friends, relatives and supporters.

Each month, the Art Afternoons will run from 2:30pm-4:00pm and will begin with complimentary refreshments followed by an enquiry-led tour which encourages discussion, conversation and contemplation. Each session will explore a different fine or applied art exhibition or collection

What is the Live and Learn project?

The Live and Learn project is a National Museums Northern Ireland outreach programme for the over 50s developed in association with Age NI and funded by the Big Lottery. Alongside the Making Connections programme, Live and Learn work in the community with groups and organisations delivering creative projects inspired by the collections of National Museums Northern Ireland.

To find out more contact the Live and Learn Project Officer on 028 8225 6321 or email

For more information: Call Age NI Advice: 0808 808 7575

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