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“Enjoyable outdoor museum”

Ulster American Folk Park
Ranked #2 of 24 things to do in Omagh
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Experience the adventure that takes you from the thatched cottages of Ulster, on board a full scale emigrant sailing ship, to the log cabins of the American Frontier. Immerse yourself in three centuries of Irish emigration at the museum that brings it to life. Meet costumed characters on your way with traditional crafts to show, tales to tell and food to share.
Reviewed February 9, 2013

I love folk parks and living history museums, and thoroughly enjoyed this one as well. We arrived about 90 minutes before closing, but still had time to see all the buildings and a bit of the exhibits.

The theme is Irish emigration (which I actually didn't notice from their website), and as the museum was funded by the Mellon foundation (I believe) it has buildings and stories from Mellon's life for examples of emmigrant life.

The walk through the museum takes you first through Irish homes and buildings from different periods, an emmigrant ship, and then emmigrant homes and shops brought to Ireland from America and reconstructed on the grounds. A fun way to enjoy some Irish-American history!

(Only complaint is the cafe - it's more "cafeteria microwaved burger and chips" than the "museum cafe quiches and bakery" I was hoping for. Just eat before you visit.)

Thank punkatilla
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

Best time to visit is at halloween where you can take to the trail by night for a spooky adventure. Really good for both adults and children. Shows throughout the trip and also great tasters of food that was eaten in the olden days.

4  Thank travel_mad_g1
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

The park has a lot to offer and is worth the visit. Its definitely better than Bunratty Folkpark as it seems to invest money in the actual park and is not trying to sell tourist kitsch at every corner. It was an educational experience. Most of the actors were friendly and eager to inform. Unfortunately, like so many attractions in the North of Ireland it is massively under advertised.

1  Thank Ronan O
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Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

Definitely best enjoyed on a bright day but a lot of fun. Plenty to wander round and lovely staff to talk you through it all.

1  Thank NeilHalton
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

We weren't sure what to expect, but were tremendously impressed with the self-guided walking tour of life for rural people in Ireland and their journey to life in America. Of the 40+ structures to visit, far and away the most powerful was the first - a stone room/home of a poor Irish family complete with burning peat fire (actually working - an evocative scent) and Folk Park staff in period costume talking about life. From building to building we went, walking through the drizzle and cold (early January) to experience more aspects of life and the journey to America.

Little did we know that the site was the actual home of the Mellon family (complete with their original home, sheds, etc) who left to start a new life in Pennsylvania - and a bank that is familiar to most visitors.

Back inside the main building after an hour+ we found an entire wing dedicated to the history of the Scots-Irish and their impact on the growth and development of America. Very well done - and unexpected for such a small, rural location.

My only suggestion to the Folk Park would be to have a much wider selection of books on sale covering the full range of what the center explores - just a few such items were available, but a good mass of standard tourist tatt could be found. For example, at the home of Thomas Mellon there is a plaque saying that the book that changed his life was the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. Why not sell it? And more!

Well done - and worth the detour.

1  Thank Parkhyattstandard
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