From Trams to Trolleybuses
History of Transport in Belfast
In our Road Gallery we have an eclectic selection of trams and buses on display, all of which were used on the island of Ireland, from Belfast to Fintona, Howth, Bessbrook and the Giant’s Causeway.
Our Wheels of Business Exhibition shows the enormous variety of vehicle types used in the private commercial and public service sectors locally. There's everything from horsedrawn milk and bread carts, to a battery-powered experimental post van, delivery bikes, taxis and chauffeur-driven vehicles. Their common purpose is that they were once driven by those who earned their livelihood driving.
In our Car Gallery you can discover motor vehicles from well-known manufacturers such as Ford and Volkswagen, and the lesser known locally made Nobel Bubble car. Explore the earliest examples of motor cars with our 1911 Ford Model T, and learn how car design has developed throughout the 20th century. Get the chance to view one of our most famous cars on display, the Sunbeam Grand Prix car which won the Spanish Grand Prix in 1924, as well as a car that can travel on water!
The Driven Exhibition explores the innovation behind some of the more interesting car designs. These innovations helped drivers and manufacturers with specific driving needs. From sports cars, to cars which helped overcome disability, to a bicycle which showed an intriguing solution to a shortage of rubber for tyres.
Finally, our Taken for a Ride Exhibition shows the pinnacle of the coachbuilder’s craft in the late Victorian period. Finely made chariots for formal occasions share the gallery with market carts and phaetons used for leisure to promenade in the park.