The Best Museums for Preschoolers in Ireland
In addition to family-friendly events and activities, the other great thing about museums is that they tend to be free or low cost to visit. And because they are indoors, they are perfect for a rainy day (which we do have plenty of here in Ireland!).
Here are some of our favourite museums for preschoolers around Ireland that are ideal for a fun day out.
National Museum of Ireland Museums
There are four NMI Museums, three in Dublin and one in Mayo.
All are super for preschoolers and are free to visit. They have kids activity sheets which you can pick up when you go into the Museums and check their events calendar before you go.
They also run family events such as Hands On History where your preschooler can get to touch replica items, dress up and learn from museum educators.
National Museum of Ireland Museum of Country Life
Mum Niamh says “The Museum of Country Life is perfect for all ages especially the under 5’s. I’ve been bringing my children since they were babies. The museum itself has a number of floors that display the way Ireland was through the ages.
There’s a brilliant children’s corner with wooden toys and puzzles and soft cushions to chill out on overlooking the Castlebar River and Turlough Round Tower. The grounds have paths to explore the mature parklands, river and forest.
The museum has a lovely cafe/restaurant with great choices for young children. Turlough House ground floor is open to visit also and is furnished as it would be when it was the original landlord’s house. The piece de resistance is the brilliant playground that’s set in the forest.”
National Museum of Ireland Museum of Decorative Arts
Explore the Decorative Arts & History Museum through one of their trails designed especially for families. Go on the Heritage Trail, find your Favourite Object or explore the Soldiers & Chiefs exhibition with a family activity book.
There are lots of things for preschoolers to enjoy in the Museum from finding out how children dressed and played long ago, to spotting the Vampire Jet and other jets from the Irish Air Corps in the Defending the Peace display in Soldiers and Chiefs.