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“We shall remember them” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Northern Ireland War Memorial Museum

Northern Ireland War Memorial Museum
Ranked #63 of 221 things to do in Belfast
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Located in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter beside Belfast Cathedral, the War Memorial Gallery is a 'must see' for anyone with an interest in Northern Ireland's role in the Second World War. The museum tells the story of the Belfast Blitz, the Ulster Home Guard, the role played by women in the war and the presence of US forces from 1942 to 1944. Visitors can try on wartime uniforms and view interesting pieces from the collection including the Pocket Guide to Northern Ireland which was issued to US Servicemen warning that "you will probably find yourself drinking more tea in a week than you have in all your previous life!" The centre-piece of the gallery is a bronze sculpture depicting a mother guiding her child through the ruins of Belfast on the morning after a devastating air raid in April 1941. An evocative memorial screen recalls the names of over 1,100 people who lost their lives in the Belfast Blitz. A magnificent stained glass memorial window and two books of remembrance recall the local lives lost in the two World Wars. Temporary displays and exhibitions ensure that regular visitors will always see something different on each visit.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“We shall remember them”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2014 via mobile

War museum. Worth visiting, you'll not be disappointed. Also the cathedral beside the museum has many military flags worth viewing.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“Fascinating little place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2013

I stumbled into this place to take shelter from some torrential rain. I'm glad I did!

The exhibition is small but expertly curated with an informative audio guide and lots of information.

The man who works there has an encyclopedic knowledge not only of the exhibits, but of just about any peripheral topic I could think to ask about. Don't be afraid to ask him a bunch of questions, he will have a fascinating story to tell. Top marks to the management for finding and hiring him; staff like that are irreplaceable.

It's a free exhibition. Ring the buzzer at the door on Talbot Street and allocate about 30 minutes to browse everything.

Visited October 2012
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“well worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

I don't think the war memorial home front exhibition was well advertised. This is unfortunate because this really is worth a visit. We discovered it on a map issued by one of the bus companies. The guide on duty (Bob Wright) was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. He spent time with us and was able to explain the history behind the exhibits and give first hand experience of what happened during times of war including weapons, ammunition, tours of duty, equipment, clothing etc. He enhanced our experience of the exhibition.
There is a lot contained within the exhibition but it is well laid out. I would allow 1-2 hours for this exhibition

Visited August 2013
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