Ulster American Folk Park and Mellon Centre for Migration Studies

The Ulster American Folk Park is an open-air museum in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.  The museum is dedicated to the story of emigration from Ulster to America in the 18th and 19th centuries and provides its visitors with a living historic experience on its outdoor site.  Costumed demonstrators go about their everyday tasks in the traditional manner in fully furnished Old and New World buildings. 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 Ocean and a major indoor exhibition, Emigrants, complements the outdoor site.

The Mellon Centre for Migration Studies can assist those who wish to find out more about the topics of immigration and emigration. The CMS has been responsible for creating the Irish Emigration Database, which contains some 32,500 primary source documents on all aspects of Irish emigration from the early 1700s to the 1900s. Types of documents include ship passenger lists, emigrant letters, family papers and diaries of emigrants, shipping advertisements, newspaper reports, death and marriage notices of former emigrants, birth notices of children of Irish parentage, government reports and statistics of Irish emigration to North America. The Research Library at CMS houses a specialist collection of some 13,000 volumes.

Watch the video below to get a brief glimpse of what you will find at the Ulster American Folk Park.