Fun and FREE Family Events at National Museum of Ireland Museums 2019

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Our National Museums are a treasure trove of adventure and discovery! They run regular free events for families at all their locations. Read on to find out what is coming up at all four of the National Museums of Ireland for kids and families. 

Family Events at Museums for Autumn/Winter 2019

Autumn is here and there are loads of fun things to do and see for families from beetles, bugs and bees to brilliant brooches and art workhops, at the National Museum of Ireland this Autumn/Winter.

BOOKING INFORMATION: For Dublin events, telephone +353 (0) 1 6486453 or email [email protected]. For Mayo events, telephone +353 (0) 94 90 31751 or email [email protected].

November Events at National Museums of Ireland

Events at National Museum of Archaeology, Kildare St., Dublin 1

Drop In Winter Trail Activity Sheet

01/11/19 – 30/11/19 During Museum Opening Hours

Challenge yourself to complete the Museum’s Winter Trail activity sheet and discover how Medieval lords, Viking children and Stone Age farmers passed the time and celebrated feasts in winters past.

No booking required. Workshops are available from the reception area and the activity cart. Don’t forget to bring your pencil! This trail is partially wheelchair accessible. Families

SCIENCE WEEK: Archaeological Conservation – A Bit of Everything!

10/11/19 3pm – 3.45pm

Explore the science and techniques of archaeological conservation. Join Susannah Kelly, Archaeological Conservator, to explore the science and techniques behind archaeological conservation.

Learn about the variety of archaeological objects recovered in recent years which have come through Susannah’s conservation laboratory and why it is so important to conserve archaeological material.

This event is organised in association with Transport Infrastructure Ireland. Booking required. Email [email protected] or telephone +353 1 6486334. This is a wheelchair accessible event. Young people aged 14+

TOUR: Treasures of the National Museum

23/11/19 2.30pm – 3.15pm

Explore some of Ireland’s most iconic objects. Take a tour of the iconic treasures of the National Museum of Ireland at 2.30pm on Saturday, 23 November.

See priceless treasures from the ‘Tara’ Brooch to the Ardagh Chalice.

This tour is suitable for families with children aged seven years plus.

No booking required. Places allocated on a first-come basis. This is a wheelchair accessible event. Families with children aged 7+

Events at National Museum of Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks

PERFORMANCE: International Uilleann Piping Day

2/11/19 2pm – 3pm

A special event with Na Píobairí Uilleann. Join Na Píobairí Uilleann at the Museum from 2pm to 3pm on Saturday, November 2, for this special performance to mark International Uilleann Piping Day.

This is the ninth annual celebration of International Uilleann Piping Day, which encourages pipers to come together and perform to bring this unique instrument to new audiences.

This is a free live performance with no booking required. All ages

DROP-IN ACTIVITY: En Garde Living History

30/11/19 10.30am – 4.30pm

Learn about the soldiers of the Napoleonic Wars in the early 1800s. Join En Garde Living History reenactment group from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday, November 30, to gain a greater understanding of the Irish soldier’s role in the wider European context.

At this session, En Garde Living History will be displaying the various uniforms and accoutrements relating to the Napoleonic Wars in the early 1800s.

En Garde Living History aims to bring history to life for people of all ages to learn in an interactive and friendly environment.

This is a free drop-in activity, suitable for all ages. No booking required. All Ages

Events at National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Merrion St., Dublin

INSPECTORIUM: Fearsome Fangs!

2/11/19 – 11am – 1pm

Sharpen your knowledge on all things toothy for Hallowe’en.

Drop in to the Wonder Cabinet to sharpen your knowledge about all things toothy for Hallowe’en.

What’s scarier? The tarantula’s fangs or the vampire bat’s canines? Inspect these objects up close using the Museum’s microscope and touch more real, terrifying teeth from the collection.

No booking required but there may be a short waiting time. This is a wheelchair accessible event.

DROP-IN: ‘Do Not Disturb’ Seasonal Activity Sheet

1/11/19 – 30/11/19 During Museum Opening Hours

Learn about beavers, birds and bears on display. It is getting chilly outside so why not drop-in to the Museum for a winter activity trail.

Learn about beavers, birds and bears on display.

Copies of this activity sheet are available at the stand in the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil. No booking required.

POP-UP TALK: Samhain, Ravens and the Morrigan

1/11/19 12pm & 2pm

Discover the mythological links between ravens, Hallowe’en and a Celtic Goddess. Crows have always been perceived as a symbol of death, but do you know the Celtic mythology and the real animal behaviour behind this superstition?

Come along to a 15-minute pop-up talk at 12 noon and again at 2pm, to discover the mythological links between ravens, Hallowe’en and the Celtic Goddess known as Morrigan.

No booking required but there may be a short waiting time.

This is a wheelchair accessible event.

SCIENCE WEEK 2019: Survival Vs Extinction

16/11/19 11am – 1pm

Learn about incredible animals and amazing adaptations. How do animals survive in their environment? And why do some animals go extinct?

Learn about incredible animals and their amazing adaptations by exploring and identifying real and replica bones, fossils and taxidermy at this free, drop-in activity for families to celebrate Science Week 2019.

No booking required, but there may be a short waiting time. This is a wheelchair accessible event.

POP-UP TOUR: Charles Darwin on The Origin of Species 160th Anniversary

23/11/19 at 2pm 

A 30-minute tour with readings and stories about evolution. Celebrate the 160th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species.

Join Museum Educator and Zoologist Emma Murphy for a 30-minute pop-up tour, including mini-readings from the book and stories of evolution from the Museum collections.

No booking required. This is not a wheelchair accessible event. Adults and young people aged 12+

Events at National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo

HALLOWE’EN AT THE MUSEUM: Spooky Tales of an Irish Hallowe’en

1/11/19 10am, 11.30am and 2pm

Join master storyteller Rab Fulton for this family event. How do you get away if you’re caught by the fairies? What would you do if the devil himself were to pay you a visit?

Join master storyteller Rab S. Fulton to discover the answers to these questions and more in our Hallowe’en themed storytelling for families.

There are three performances on the day at 10am, 11.30am and 2pm.

This is a free event but booking is required. Telephone +353 94 90 31751 or book now by email.

HALLOWE’EN AT THE MUSEUM: Spooky Tours

2/11/19 – 2.30pm – 3.30pm 

Join a new ‘spooky’ tour of the exhibition galleries. Enjoy a special Hallowe’en tour of the exhibition galleries with spooky scares along the way!

Join Brendan McDonnell from the Museum’s Education Team to hear about changelings, fairies, banshees and bogeymen.

Tours take place from 2.30pm to 3.30pm on Tuesday, 29 October, Thursday, 31 October, and Saturday, 2 November. This is a free event but booking is required. Contact the Bookings Office on +353 94 90 31751 or book now by email.

TALK: Shedding Light on the ESB Archives

9/11/19 3pm – 4pm

The history of the ESB is intertwined with Ireland’s national narrative. Its foundation in 1927 was based on a vision to continuously improve the lives of Irish people.

Exploring content from the ESB Archives, this talk will demonstrate the evidential and inspirational value of preserving and making accessible the story of the electrification of Ireland.

This is a free event but booking is required. Telephone +353 94 90 31751 or book now by email. Adults and children 14+

TALK: Exploring the History of Irish Aran

24/11/19 2pm – 3pm

Explore how the Aran knit became so iconic. The significance of the Aran knit is so much more than just a popular design.

Arans communicate warmth, comfort and a sense of home and people the world continue to respond to this enduring appeal.

In this talk exploring the history of this special knit, Vawn Corrigan, author of Irish Aran: History, Tradition, Fashion (2019), will discuss how the Aran knit became so iconic.

This is a free event but booking is required. Telephone +353 94 90 31751 or book now by email. Adults & Children 12+

October Events at National Museums of Ireland

Events at National Museum of Archaeology, Kildare St., Dublin 1

OPEN HOUSE JUNIOR: Changing Homes from Viking to Medieval Dublin

12th October – 2pm – 4pm

Make your own Viking house or Medieval tower! To celebrate the Open House architectural festival and the theme of ‘Our City in Motion’, come along to the National Museum of Ireland Archaeology on Saturday 12th October 2-4pm for OPEN HOUSE JUNIOR: Changing Homes from Viking to Medieval Dublin. Explore the different homes made and lived in by people of Dublin down through the ages. Make your own Viking house, Medieval tower house or even a Tudor period home to help build up the city of Dublin. No booking required. This event takes place in the Learning Resource Room on the first floor of the Museum. This event is not wheelchair accessible. Families/All Ages

DROP-IN: Megalithic Midterm

26th October 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Handle amazing replica stone tools and weapons. Did you know you can use flint stone to not only catch your dinner, but to cook it too?

Drop-in to the ground floor education space at the Museum this October midterm to find out how people worked with stone thousands of years ago.  Meet archaeologist Dave O’Reilly to handle amazing replica stone tools and weapons and learn about the skills of people in the past.  No booking required. Located in the Kildare Room on the ground floor. Wheelchair accessible.

TOUR: Winter Trail Adventure

30th October 11am & 2pm

Discover Medieval lords, Viking children and Stone Age farmers.  Autumn is drawing to a close and the evenings are getting shorter. So come along to this Winter Trail Adventure Tour with activity sheets to discover how Medieval lords, Viking children and Stone Age farmers passed the time and celebrated feasts in winters past.

Why not dress-up as someone from your favourite historical time period? We would love to see your costumes!  No booking required. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come basis. Tour meeting point is at Museum Reception. This event is not wheelchair accessible.

Events at National Museum of Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks

PERFORMANCE: Greyhound on Train

6th October 3pm – 4pm

The War of Independence story never told.

Come along to a performance of Greyhound on Train, a play by Carnation Theatre about the War of Independence story that no-one has told.  Greyhound on Train is based on the real-life testimonies of extraordinary women. Discover Elizabeth Bloxham, a Protestant teacher, pamphleteer and radicaliser; Peg Flanagan, a waitress, gun runner, spy and Bloody Sunday witness; and Bridget Fitzpatrick, who plays a crucial role in the famous Knocklong ambush through a telegram warning ‘Greyhound on Train’.

This performance is part of the Museum’s programme for the Dublin Festival of History.

OPEN HOUSE: Photography workshop

12th October 11am & 1pm

See the city through a fresh lens.  Discover the magic of photography in its most basic form and see the city through a fresh lens at this Open House Junior event.

Join artist Seliena Coyle to explore photographic techniques including photograms, cyanotypes and pinhole photography.

Take inspiration from the architecture of Collins Barracks and its surroundings to create your own original composition using source material from maps and existing photographs, printed on acetate. All Ages.

Admission is free. Booking required. Email [email protected]

PERFORMANCE: Music and the Collections

13th October 3pm – 4pm

Celebrating the creative genius of Eileen Gray through music.

Come along to the first in a new series of concerts inspired by the Museum collections, in collaboration with the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

This first concert will celebrate the creative genius of the 20th century pioneer of design and architecture, Eileen Gray, and the city of Paris, where Gray lived for most of her life.

This new concert series at hopes to inspire communities to engage with themes and stories from the Museum’s collections through music.

The partnership with RIAM follows on from the successful 2018 partnership commemorating women’s suffrage. All Ages.

Admission is €8/€5 concessions. Booking required. See www.riam.ie for further details.

FAMILY TOUR: An Introduction to Collins Barracks

27th October 3pm – 4pm

Learn about the history of this historic site from Barracks to National Museum of Ireland.

Join an introductory tour to learn all about the history of Collins Barracks, from the 1700s to the present day, and the transition of this important site from Barracks to National Museum of Ireland.

This tour will also take in some highlights from the Museum’s exhibitions.

Admission free. No booking required. Places allocated on a first-come basis, 15 minutes before the tour starts.

HALLOWE’EN WORKSHOP: Bubble, Boil and Trouble!

31st October 2pm – 3.30pm

Unleash your inner witch or wizard.  Celebrate Hallowe’en at the Museum with this special art workshop for children aged seven years plus, on Thursday, October 31.

Unleash your inner witch or wizard, find out about potions from the past and how they were made and, if you feel like it, why not come along in your own ‘fang-tastic’ costume!

This is a free event but booking is required. Email [email protected]. Suitable for children 7+.

Events at National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo

Autumn stitches

4th October 11am – 1pm

Learn a new skill for life this autumn with the museum knitters.  Join the Museum knitters this autumn and work on your knitting and crochet skills. Start a new project or get help finishing an old one. Exchange tips, ideas, patterns and a chat at this friendly, drop-in activity.

Beginners are welcome. No booking required. Ages 7+

The Future is Rural family fair

5th October 10am – 4.30pm

A family-friendly event with workshops and demonstrations for all ages.  Enjoy a fun and family-friendly fair as part of The Future is Rural, an event by Foodture, the Irish Environmental Network and Friends of the Earth.

Celebrate change makers and innovators in sustainable food, farming and community energy. Take part in interactive workshops and demonstrations for all ages on a range of topics from composting to fermenting and zero waste.

There will also be film screenings throughout the day in the museum’s AV Theatre followed by discussions on how to eat better for people, place and planet.

Admission free. No booking required.

TALK: From Big House to National Museum of Ireland

12th October 2pm – 3pm

A special talk to celebrate Open House 2019.

Celebrate Open House 2019 with a special talk about historic Turlough Park House.

Join archaeologist and historian Christy Lawless for this insight into how Turlough Park House, once the seat of the Fitzgerald family, became the site of the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life.

This is a free event, suitable for all ages. Booking required.

Contact the Bookings Office on +353 94 90 31751 or book now by email.

FILM: The Promise of Barty O’Brien

19th October 3pm

A curious mix of melodrama, propaganda and promotion!

Join Sunniva O’Flynn from the Irish Film Institute for an introduction and screening of the film The Promise of Barty O’Brien. Made in 1951 by the Economic Co-Operation Administration (Marshall Aid Programme), this film is a curious mix of melodrama, propaganda and promotion.

It follows Barty O’Brien, the son of a small Irish farmer who becomes trained as an electrical engineer in the United States.

This event is in conjunction with the temporary exhibition Kitchen Power: Women’s Experiences of Rural Electrification.

This is a free event but booking is required. Contact the Bookings Office on +353 94 90 31751 or book now by email. Adults and children aged 14+

HALLOWE’EN AT THE MUSEUM: Spooky Tours

29th & 31st October 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Join a new ‘spooky’ tour of the exhibition galleries.

Enjoy a special Hallowe’en tour of the exhibition galleries with spooky scares along the way!

Join Brendan McDonnell from the Museum’s Education Team to hear about changelings, fairies, banshees and bogeymen.

Tours take place from 2.30pm to 3.30pm on Tuesday, 29 October, Thursday, 31 October, and Saturday, 2 November.

This is a free event but booking is required. Contact the Bookings Office on +353 94 90 31751 or book now [email protected].

HALLOWE’EN AT THE MUSEUM: Batty about Bats!

30th October 11.30am & 2pm

Learn all about our favourite nighttime creatures. The Hallowe’en fun continues with this junior workshop all about bats on Wednesday, October 30.

Join the National Parks and Wildlife Services for an interactive art workshop on our favourite nighttime creatures. Learn how bats hunt, what they eat, and why some of the stories you have heard about these important little mammals may be nothing more than spooky myths!

There are two workshop sessions on the day, at 11.30am and 2pm. This is a free event, suitable for adults and children aged three to six years.

Booking required. Telephone +353 94 90 31751 or book now [email protected].

Events at National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Merrion St., Dublin

Seasonal Activity Sheet- Busy Bees!

01/10/2019 – 31/10/2019 During opening hours

Have fun at the Museum with this autumn activity trail.  Autumn is a busy season – nature is getting ready for the approaching winter. Drop into the museum and follow the busy bees with our Autumn Activity Trail Copies of this activity sheet trail are available in the Reception Area and in the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil! Wheelchair accessible.

INSPECTORIUM: Fearsome Fangs!

29th October 11am – 1pm

Sharpen your knowledge on all things toothy for Hallowe’en.

Drop in to the Wonder Cabinet to sharpen your knowledge about all things toothy for Hallowe’en.

What’s scarier? The tarantula’s fangs or the vampire bat’s canines? Inspect these objects up close using the Museum’s microscope and touch more real, terrifying teeth from the collection.

No booking required but there may be a short waiting time. This is a wheelchair accessible event.

September Events at National Museums of Ireland

Events at National Museum of Archaeology, Kildare St., Dublin 1

Outreach: Airfield Estate Festival of Food

07/09/2019 – 08/09/2019 10.00am-5.00pm

The National Museum’s Education Department are out and about this September at the Airfield Estate Festival of Food. Come along and meet the team from our various sites. Learn to make a harvest knot, discover the history of Irish food, handle replica artefacts relating to food production, or just pop by to say hello! Airfield Admission Rates apply. Visit www.airfield.ie/home/festival-of-food/ for more details. Drop in Activity – All Ages

Kingly Attire

14/09/2019 1.30-3.30pm

Drop-in to the Kildare Room and explore the archaeology of Ireland during the time of the Celts. Learn about the mysterious bog bodies who lived during the Iron Age and discover what they may have worn for special occasions, then make your own leather armlet to take home. No booking required, located in Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible. Drop in Activity – Ages 8+

Outreach: National Ploughing Championships

17/09/2019 – 19/09/2019 During exhibition area hours

Come along and meet staff from the Education and Antiquities Departments of the National Museum of Ireland at this year’s National Ploughing Championships in Carlow. Learn how to make a traditional harvest knot and discover more about the role and work of the Museum. National Ploughing Championship admission rates apply; please visit www.npa.ie for more details.

Culture Night at the National Museum of Archaeology

20/09/2019 5.00-9.00pm

See the Museum in a new light after dark and encounter glittering ancient gold, Egyptian mummies, Iron Age bog bodies, a Viking boat, swords, shields and much more! Challenge yourself to complete one of our free activity sheets, which will be available to pick up in Main Museum Reception area. No booking required. Drop in Activity – All Ages

Events at National Museum of Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks

Proclaiming a Republic: A Queer Revolution – Exploring the LGBT contribution to the 1916 Rising

15/9/19 2pm – 3pm

Ages 14+ – Tour Join Brian Crowley, historian and curator of Kilmainham Gaol on a tour focusing on the LGBTQ+ figures who were involved in the 1916 Rising and how that identity shaped their involvement. It will also explore the challenges involved in uncovering and recovering the queer contribution to the struggle for Irish independence. No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts.

Tour of Proclaiming a Republic

29/09/2019 3-4pm

Join a family friendly tour of Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising exhibition. Explore some of the highlights of the Museum’s extensive Easter week collection. Admission free, places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts.

Events at National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo

Kitchen Power: Women’s Experiences of Rural Electrification

01/09/2019 – 30/09/2019 During opening hours

Kitchen Power examines the promised lifestyle and everyday reality of rural electrification and the effect that it had on the lives of women in Ireland. This exhibition includes the voices of these women, telling their own stories in their own words. Temporary Exhibition. All Ages.

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Summer Knits

06/09/2019 11am – 1pm

knitting at the museum of country life

Join the museum knitters this summer and work on your knitting and crochet skills. Start a new project or get help finishing an old one! Exchange ideas and tips. Learn a new skill for life. Beginners welcome. No booking required.

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Autumnal Patterns

20/09/2019 11am – 1pm

Wrap up warm! Get ready for the Winter months by knitting your own hats, scarves and jumpers with the Museum’s Knitting and Crochet Circle. Beginners welcome. No booking required.

Worldwide Spin in Public Day (WWSIP Day)

21/09/2019 10:30am – 4pm

Worldwide Spin in Public Day was started by a bunch of like-minded spinners to celebrate an art that they all love – the art of spinning fibres into yarn. The group have organized spinning in public events on the third weekend of September every year since 2009. The National Museum of Ireland Country Life is delighted to support the event by hosting some members of the Connacht Textile Crafters for the second year running as part of the WWSIP day. No booking required.

Music Circle

21/9/19 – 2pm – 4.30pm

Dust down that fiddle, polish that whistle and join the music circle to practice, share, play tunes and songs. No booking required. Ages 12+

Connacht Textile Crafters

28/09/2019 11:30am – 3pm

The talented Connacht Textile Crafters (CTC) return for their bi-monthly meeting. Why not pop in and see the wide range of traditional and contemporary crafting techniques demonstrated by the gifted CTC members. On this occasion learn about the art of Furoshiki or Japanese gift wrapping. No booking required.

Events at National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Merrion St., Dublin

Seasonal Activity Sheet- Busy Bees!

01/09/2019 – 30/09/2019 During opening hours

 

Autumn is a busy season – nature is getting ready for the approaching winter. Drop into the museum and follow the busy bees with our Autumn Activity Trail Copies of this activity sheet trail are available in the Reception Area and in the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil! Wheelchair accessible.

Culture Night: Bat Conservation Ireland

20/09/2019 6:30-8pm

Go batty for Culture Night 2019! Drop into the Wonder Cabinet to learn fact from fiction about these nighttime navigators. Hang out with the team from Kildare Bat Group and learn all about Ireland’s native bats. No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Partially wheelchair accessible.

Inspectorium: Shark Search

28/09/2019 11am-1pm dingle oceanworld

How many shark species live in Irish waters? Drop into the Wonder Cabinet at the Discovery Zone to learn about these marine predators, complete the shark search and inspect some of the museum handling collection up close. No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible.

August Events at National Museums of Ireland

Events at National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo

Kitchen Power: Women’s Experiences of Rural Electrification

01/08/2019 – 31/08/2019 During opening hours
Kitchen Power examines the promised lifestyle and everyday reality of rural electrification and the effect that it had on the lives of women in Ireland. This exhibition includes the voices of these women, telling their own stories in their own words. Temporary Exhibition. All Ages.

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Summer Knits

2nd & 16th August from 11am – 1pm
Join the museum knitters this summer and work on your knitting and crochet skills. Start a new project or get help finishing an old one! Exchange ideas and tips. Learn a new skill for life. Beginners welcome. No booking required. Drop in Activity. Ages 7+

All Budding Engineers and Scientists

06/08/2019 1pm – 3pm
Tuesday Afternoons in July & August. Join Declan Holmes from Science Ireland for a fun and exciting workshop to learn about our travels in space and the rockets we use to get there. Booking required. €10 per person per day. Contact the Bookings Office for further information. Workshop. Ages 10+.

All Budding Engineers and Scientists

08/08/2019 1pm – 3pm
Thursday Afternoons in July & August. Join Declan Holmes from Science Ireland for a fun and exciting workshop to learn about the robots we are building today and those of the future. Booking required. €10 per person per day. Contact the Bookings Office for further information. Workshop. Ages 10+

Mayo Genealogy Group

10/08/2019 11:30am – 1pm
If you have an interest in finding out about your family history come along and meet the Mayo Genealogy Group for free practical tips. New researchers welcome. No booking required. Drop in Activity. Adults & Children 7+

Heritage Week: Frozen in Time

17/08/2019 11am – 4pm
Join Kevin Barton, archaeological geophysicist to explore the Ice House hidden on the grounds of NMI-Country Life. Using the latest earth resistance and topographic techniques, we will survey the extent of the buried structure. With the aid of some participants the survey will hopefully reveal this monument’s hidden secrets in a presentation of the results in the afternoon. Booking required. Workshop. Adults & Children 12+

Heritage Week: Hopscotch, Horseshoes and Jack Stones

20/08/2019 2pm – 4pm
Join the Education Team to discover how people spent their spare time in the past and learn how to play some traditional Irish games. No booking required. Drop in Activity. Families.

Heritage Week: Harvest Traditions

21/08/2019 2pm -4pm
Join the Education Team to learn about traditions around the Harvest Dance. Then learn to make your own Harvest Knot, a traditional love token made at this time of year. No booking required. Drop-in Activity. Adults & Children 7+

Heritage Week: Harvest Stories with Carmel Balfe

22/08/2019 11:30am – 1pm & 2pm – 3:30pm
Join artist and puppeteer Carmel Balfe to investigate the harvest, the different jobs that had to be done and the different people and animals who did them. Then imagine and create your own characters and their harvest stories around this special time of year. Booking required. Workshop. Families with children 4-7

Heritage Week: Past Times, Pastimes

24/08/2019 2:30pm – 4pm
Join members of the National Parks and Wildlife Service’s Ballycroy and the Museum Education Teams for a walk around the grounds of Turlough Park. Discover how the study of Natural Science started as a pastime, but would become one of the most important fields of science in the modern world. Booking required. Family Event. Adults & Children 5+

Events at National Museum of Archaeology, Kildare St., Dublin 1

Tour: Recent Finds and New Displays at the Museum

03/08/2019 11.00am -12.00pm
Come and see some of the newly displayed artefacts at the Museum including the Prosperous Crozier from Kildare and four gold Bronze Age Rings found in Donegal, June 2018. Throughout the tour, learn more about some of the more recent research and developments in the field of archaeology. No booking required, places allocated on a first come first served basis. Meet at Reception. Not Wheelchair accessible. Ages 8+.

Secrets in Stone: Exploring Ogham WritingOgham Stone NMI National Museum of Ireland Archaeology

07/08/2019 1.30-3.30pm
Drop-in to our Learning Resource Room to explore the secret writings on early medieval ogham stones, the earliest form of writing found in Ireland. Create a secret message and make your own mini ogham stone to take home. No booking required. Located in the Learning Resource Room, first floor. Not wheelchair accessible. Families with children 8-12

Tour: Treasures of the National Museum with Irish Sign Language Interpretation

09/08/2019 12.00-1.00pm
Take a tour of the iconic treasures in the National Museum, including the ‘Tara’ Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice. Irish Sign Language Interpretation will be provided for this tour. Booking required, please email [email protected] Wheelchair accessible. Ages 12+

Viking Artefact Detective!

10/08/2019 1.30-3.30pm
Learn how to think like an archaeologist and solve our puzzle! We have some replica Viking artefacts for you to look at and handle. Figure out exactly what they are and how they were used! No booking required, located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible. Drop In Activity. Families with children 8+

Megalithic Big Draw

14/08/2019 1.30-3.30pm
Take part in our Big Draw and decorate our giant paper with megalithic and cave art at the Museum! Learn all about the different designs used by people in the Stone Age to decorate prehistoric tombs in Ireland and create your own hand-print cave art No booking required. Located in the Learning Resource Room 1st Floor. Not wheelchair accessible. Families.

Heritage Week: Medieval Pop-up Chess Club – Learn the Basics of Chess with your Friends and Family!

17/08/2019 1.30 – 3.30pm
Inspired by the Viking and Medieval artefacts in the Museum relating to board games, join us in the Kildare Room to learn more about the game of chess with members of ‘Ficheall.ie’ Primary Teachers promoting chess. Get a taster of the game of chess by learning about some of the pieces through ‘mini games’. Museum Educators will be on hand to point you towards the ancient examples of board games in the Museum! No booking required. Located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible. Event will run at 30 minute intervals. Drop in Activity for all Ages.

Heritage Week: Make a Medieval Chess Check-Mate!

21/08/2019 1.30-3.30pm
Did you know that people have been playing board games in Ireland for hundreds of years? Call into the Learning Resource Room to learn about the artefacts relating to board games in the Museum, then make your own chess piece from clay! Will you make a Castle, Bishop, Queen or Knight? You decide! No booking required, located in the Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not wheelchair accessible. Drop in Activity. Families with children 6+

Heritage Week Pop-up Display: The Archaeology of the Irish Diet

24th 10.30am-4.30pm & 25th August 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Drop into the Kildare Room at the National Museum of Ireland, Archaeology to see a pop-up display on ‘The Archaeology of the Irish Diet’ featuring drawings of archaeological sites. Learn about the archaeological evidence for food production from Stone Age to medieval times and take a look at some replica artefacts relating to food. Organised in association with Transport Infrastructure Ireland. No booking required, located in the Kildare Room, next to the Treasury Exhibition, ground floor. Wheelchair accessible. Drop in Activity for all ages.

Tour: Recent Finds and New Displays at the Museum

30/08/2019 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Come and see some of the newly displayed artefacts at the Museum including the Prosperous Crozier from Kildare and four gold Bronze Age Rings found in Donegal, June 2018. Throughout the tour, learn more about some of the more recent research and developments in the field of archaeology. No booking required, places allocated on a first come first served basis. Meet at Reception. Not Wheelchair accessible. Tour. Ages 8+

Events at National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Merrion St., Dublin

Seasonal Activity Sheet- Busy Bees!

01/08/2019 – 31/08/2019 During opening hours
Autumn is a busy season – nature is getting ready for the approaching winter. Drop into the museum and follow the busy bees with our Autumn Activity Trail Copies of this activity sheet trail are available in the Reception Area and in the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil! Wheelchair accessible. Drop in Activity. Families.

Pop-Up Talk: Jellyfish!

Jellyfish fun Irish words and phrases

03/08/2019 12pm & 2pm
As part of our Sustainable Summer series, join Museum Educator & Zoologist Geraldine Breen in the Irish Room for a 15 minute pop-up talk on jellyfish. Learn about Ireland’s native jellyfish and what they can teach us about climate change. No booking required. Please follow directional signage to the jellyfish on the ground floor. Wheelchair accessible. Talk. All Ages.

Inspectorium: It’s a Plankton Eat Plankton World

7th & 8th August – 11am – 1pm
What do plankton eat, and what uses plankton as a food source? As part of our Sustainable Summer series, join us at our Wonder Cabinet to inspect real plankton under our microscope and make your own marine food web! Learn how these delicate food webs can be upset, and how sustainability can save species and whole ecosystems! No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible. Drop in Activity. All Ages.

Pop-Up Talk: Puffins!

10th August – 12pm & 2pm
As part of our Sustainable Summer series, join Museum Educator & Zoologist Emma Murphy in the Irish Room for a 15 minute pop-up talk on Ireland’s favourite colourful seabird, the Atlantic Puffin. Learn about their threats and how you can help! No booking required. Please follow directional signage to the puffins on the ground floor. Wheelchair accessible. Talk. All Ages.

Inspectorium: Rewild Your Garden!

14th & 15th August 11am-1pm
Make your garden the best wildlife haven it can be for our challenged Irish birds, mammals & insects. Drop into the Wonder Cabinet and create something for your own wildlife garden, and get tips on how to bring nature home! No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible. Drop in Activity. Families.

Past Times: Salmon & Fishing

17/08/2019 12pm & 2pm
As part of our Sustainable Summer series, join Museum Educator & Zoologist Geraldine Breen in the Irish Room for a 15 minute pop-up talk on Ireland’s native salmon and fishing in past times. No booking required. Please follow directional signage to the salmon on the ground floor. Wheelchair accessible. Talk. All Ages.

Pastimes: Birdwatching & the Gannet

20/08/2019 12pm & 2pm
As part of our Sustainable Summer series, join Museum Educator & Zoologist Emma Murphy in the Irish Room for a 15 minute pop-up talk on birdwatching & one of Ireland’s most charismatic birds. No booking required. Please follow directional signage to the gannets on the ground floor. Wheelchair accessible. Talk. All Ages.

Inspectorium: A Salmon’s Tale

21/08/2019 & 22/08/2019 – 11am-1pm
Drop into this fun family activity and fish for clues in the river of knowledge at the Wonder Cabinet. Discover the salmon’s tale, at this hands-on event about Ireland’s river creatures and habitats. No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible. Drop in Activity. Families.

Events at National Museum of Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks

Summer Public Tour

7th, 14th & 28th August from 2pm – 2.45pm
Join a family friendly tour of Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising exhibition. Explore some of the highlights of the Museum’s extensive Easter week collection. Admission free, places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Tour. All Ages.

Tour of the Eileen Gray Exhibition

11/08/2019 3-4pm
Join a public tour of the Eileen Gray exhibition, exploring one of the most influential designers and architects of the 20th century. No booking required, places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Tour. All Ages.

Heritage Week: Games on the Square

18/08/2019 2-4.30pm
Drop into Collins Barracks for Games on the Square where we’re turning Clarke Square into a giant playground for the day! Inspired by the intergenerational public art project and exhibition, Stories Between Us, this free open day for all ages features outdoor and indoor games, art activities and talks. No booking required. Drop-in Activity. All Ages.

Hands on History: School Days

25/08/2019 3-4pm
With the new school year approaching what about dropping in to join our Museum educators to explore artefacts relating to schooldays from the Museum’s collection of handling objects. No booking required. Drop-in Activity. All Ages.

July 2019 Events at National Museum of Ireland

Events at National Museum of Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks

Hands on History: Child’s Play

Thursday 11th July 3pm – 4pm – Families – Drop in Activity
Drop in to discover objects from the Museum’s handling collection relating to childhood and play! Join our Museum educators in an engaging handling session for all ages.No booking required.

Proclaiming a Republic: A Queer Revolution – Exploring the LGBT contribution to the 1916 Rising

Sunday 14th July, 2pm – 3pm – Ages 14+ – Tour
Join Brian Crowley, historian and curator of Kilmainham Gaol on a tour focusing on the LGBTQ+ figures who were involved in the 1916 Rising and how that identity shaped their involvement. It will also explore the challenges involved in uncovering and recovering the queer contribution to the struggle for Irish independence. No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts.

Stories Between Us

1st July – 29th September, Museum Opening Hours – All Ages – Exhibition
Inspired and funded by the Grangegorman Development Agency’s ‘…the lives we live’ initiative, Stories Between Us is an intergenerational public art project and exhibition. The project is a collaboration with the Museum, artist Janine Davidson, St. Gabriel’s National School and local art groups from Henrietta Adult Community Education and the Phibsboro Active Retirement Association. The exhibition features specially created memory boxes of objects that represent and inspire the telling of stories about Grangegorman and the local Dublin 7 area.

Exhibition: Rainbow Revolution

1st July – 30th September, Museum Opening Hours – All Ages – Exhibition
The exhibition Rainbow Revolution features digital touchscreen installations alongside a display of artefacts including Panti Bliss’s ‘Noble Call’ dress and the wedding dresses of Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan. Rainbow Revolution marks 50 years since Stonewall and 40 years since the formation of Ireland’s first National Gay Rights Group. This is a collaboration between the Museum and a number of LGBTI+ archives to explore LGBTI+ history. There will be a Trail to accompany the exhibition highlighting LGBTI+ related objects across the NMI, increasing visibility and looking at our history with a new lens.

Summer Public Tours

collins barracks National Museum of Ireland

Wednesday 17th, 24th & 31st July from 11am – 11.45am
Join an introductory tour to learn about the history of Collins Barracks, from the 1700s to the present day and its transition from Barracks to Museum, taking in some of the highlights from the Museum’s military history or decorative arts exhibitions. Admission free, places allocated on a first- come basis 15 minutes before tour starts.

Events at National Museum of Ireland Archaeology, Kildare St., Dublin 1

Prehistory Mysteries – Humans and the Natural World

Saturday 6th July 1.30pm – 3.30pm – All Ages – Drop in Activity
Pop in and have a chat with our Museum Educators who will have an array of replica artefacts and raw materials, which you can pick up and examine. Discover how humans cleverly used antler, wood, and clay in centuries past – long before there was plastic! No booking required. Located in Museum galleries, Prehistoric Ireland exhibition, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible.

Treasures of the National Museum

Wednesday 10th July 11am – 11.45am – Ages 7+ – Tour
Take a tour of the iconic treasures in the National Museum, including the ‘Tara’ Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice. No booking required, places allocated on a first come first served basis. Wheelchair accessible.

True or False Tour!

Saturday 13th July 1.30pm – 2.15pm – Families with children 6+ – Tour
Take the true or false challenge at the National Museum! Join our tour to explore the archaeology of the Vikings in Ireland, but listen closely, because at the end of each stop you’ll have to figure out if a statement is true or false, using your new
archaeology knowledge! Booking required, please email [email protected] or call 016486 334. Not wheelchair accessible.

Ships Ahoy! Log boats and Longships

Wednesday 17th July – 1.30pm – 3.30pm – Families with children 6+ – Drop in Activity
Call into the Kildare Room to learn about the biggest artefact in the Museum- the Lurgan dug-out canoe, created from a massive oak tree during the Bronze Age, 4,000 years ago! Chat with Museum Educators about other ancient boats on display in
the Museum, then make your own nautical pop-up card! No booking required, located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible.

Tour: Recent Finds and New Displays at the Museum

Saturday 20th July – 2.30pm – 3.30pm – Ages 8+ – Tour
Come and see some of the newly displayed artefacts at the Museum including the Prosperous Crozier from Kildare and the four gold Bronze Age Rings found in Donegal, June 2018. Throughout the tour, learn more about some of the more recent research and developments in the field of archaeology. No booking required, places allocated on a first come first served basis. Meet at Reception. Not Wheelchair accessible.

Weight to Go! Make your own Viking Weight

Wednesday 24th July 1.30pm – 3.30pm – Families with children 6+ – Drop in Activity
Did you know that before there were coins in Ireland, the Vikings used to trade in silver? Visit the Museum to learn about the weighing scales and decorated lead weights the Vikings used to figure out how much silver they had, discover who the Vikings were trading with, then make your own weight to take home! No booking required. Located in Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not wheelchair accessible.

Tour – Kingship and Sacrifice: The Bog Bodies

Friday 26th July 12pm – 12.45pm – Ages 12+ – Tour
Examine Iron Age finds from Ireland’s wetlands including bog butter and learn about the discovery of the 2,000-year-old bog bodies, which are of international scientific significance. No booking required. Places allocated on a first come first served basis, meet at Reception. Wheelchair accessible.

Precious Gifts and Where to Find Them

Saturday 27th July 1.30-pm – 3.30pm – Families with children 6+ – Drop in Activity
Archaeologists often find precious objects under the ground. Is everything found at the same depth? Call into the museum to find out; create a special bookmark, decorate it with precious objects and decide if they should be close to the surface, or deep underground! No booking required. Located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible.

Prehistory Mysteries- Precious Pots

Wedneday 31st July 1.30pm – 3.30pm – All Ages – Drop in Activity
Pop in and have a chat with our Museum Educators who will have some beautiful examples of replica pots from the Stone and Bronze Ages. Handle the replica pots, ask our educators questions and discover how people in the past achieved beautiful decoration and incredible shapes using their bare hands and even their fingernails! No booking required. Located in the Prehistoric Ireland exhibition, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible.

Events at National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Summer Knits

Friday 5th & 19th July – 11am – 1pm – Ages 7+ – Drop in Activity
Join the museum knitters this summer and work on your knitting and crochet skills. Start a new project or get help finishing an old one! Exchange ideas and tips. Learn a new skill for life. Beginners welcome. No booking required.

Become a Planet Champion

Tuesdays, 16 July to 6 August 2019, 10am to 1pm – Ages 10+ – Workshop
Join Declan Holmes of Science Ireland for a new and exciting summer series of workshops. Become a Planet Champion over four weeks as you learn about the importance of the environment and what you can do to protect it. Each week will focus on a different theme. In week one, learn about climate change and how we can play a part in fixing it. Week two is all about renewable energy and making a wind turbine. In week three, the focus is on reusing, repairing and recycling. Participants will also learn how to make cool science toys from things we used to throw away. Week four will explore biodiversity and why we need bees and bugs.  Complete all four days in this workshop series to become a Planet Champion and receive a goodie bag! These workshops run each Tuesday and Thursday morning. Places are limited and booking is essential. This workshop costs €40 per participant. Please telephone (094) 90 31751 or book now by email. For email bookings, please include your name and contact telephone number.

ROCKETS: All Budding Engineers and Scientists


Tuesdays 16 July to 6 August 2019 – 1pm to 3pm – Ages 10+ – Workshop
The museum is delighted to announce a new summer workshop exploring space and rockets.  Join Declan Holmes of Science Ireland for a fun and exciting session all about our travels in space and the rockets we use to get there.  This workshop starts on Tuesday, July 16, and will be repeated each Tuesday afternoon until August 6. Places are limited so booking is essential. The cost is €10 per child.  Please telephone (094) 90 31751 or book now by email. For email bookings, please include your name and contact telephone number.

A fun summer workshop all about robots



Thursdays 18 July to 08 August 2019 – 1pm to 3pm – Ages 10+ – Workshop 

We are learning about robots this summer at the museum! Join Declan Holmes from Science Ireland for a fun and exciting workshop to learn not only about the robots we are building today but those of the future too. This workshop starts on Thursday, July 18, and will be repeated each Thursday afternoon until August 8. Places are limited so booking is essential. The cost is €10 per child. Please telephone (094) 90 31751 or book now by email. For email bookings, please include your name and contact telephone number.

Meet The Crafters

27 July 2019, 11:30am – 1pm – All Ages 
Come along to the next open crafting session by the talented Connacht Textile Crafters, taking place from 11.30am to 1pm, on Saturday, July 27. The crafters meet six times a year at the museum and demonstrate a range of skills at these open crafting sessions. In July, the focus is on advanced embroidery skills and the use of beads and sequins as embellishments. The Connacht Textile Crafters are a friendly and talented group who work in a range of textile crafts, using both traditional and contemporary techniques. Be sure to pop in and see some of their work. This is a free drop-in activity with no booking required.

Take the nature trail tour at Turlough Park

28 July 2019, 2pm to 3pm – Ages 5+ – Family Event
Enjoy a family nature trail through the historic and beautiful grounds of Turlough Park on Sunday, July 28, from 2 to 3pm. Join zoologist Catherine McGuinness to explore plenty of nature surprises in the grounds. Highlights will include a rookery, the location of an old badger set and a host of wildlife species that live around the gardens and woodland. This is a free family workshop but booking is essential. Telephone (094) 90 31751 or book now by email. For email bookings, please include your name and contact telephone number.

Events at National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Merrion St., Dublin

Seasonal Activity Sheet- Summer Sun!

31/07/2019 During opening hours
For some animals, it is warm all year long, depending on where they live – follow the Summer Sun trail to find out more! Copies of this activity sheet trail are available in the Reception Area and in the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil! Partially wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Natural History
Audience: Families

Pop-Up Talk: Puffins!

06/07/2019 12pm & 2pm
As part of our Sustainable Summer series, join Museum Educator & Zoologist Emma Murphy in the Irish Room for a 15 minute pop-up talk on Ireland’s favourite colourful seabird, the Atlantic Puffin. Learn about their threats and how you can help! No booking required. Please follow directional signage to the puffins on the ground floor. Wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Talk
Topic: Natural History
Audience: All Ages

Pop-Up Talk: Peregrine Falcons

13/07/2019 12pm & 2pm
As part of our Sustainable Summer series, join Museum Educator & Zoologist Geraldine Breen in the Irish Room for a 15 minute pop-up talk on peregrine falcons, and how museum collections helped scientists save this extraordinary bird from extinction. No booking required. Please follow directional signage to the bird of prey cabinet on the ground floor. Wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Talk
Topic: Natural History
Audience: All Ages

Inspectorium: SustainABILITY

17 & 18 July – 11am-1pm
How can we make more sustainable choices? Drop into the Wonder Cabinet at the Discovery Zone to play our sustainability games and learn how to make a healthier planet. No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Natural History
Audience: Families

International Year of the Salmon: Fishy Fun

20/07/2019 10am-4pm
Drop into the Museum for some fishy fun and celebrate International Year of the Salmon! Visit the fantastic collection of fish species on display and learn about how Ireland’s most iconic fish species, salmon, is facing its biggest challenge yet. Join one of the hands-on activities and grab a microscope to see what creepy crawlies live in our rivers and lakes. See up close historical fishing equipment and discover how we have been catching fish for the last seven thousand years. No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible. This event is organised in collaboration with Inland Fisheries Ireland.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Natural History
Audience: Families

Inspectorium: It’s a Plankton Eat Plankton World

24 & 25 July 11am – 1pm
What do plankton eat, and what uses plankton as a food source? As part of our Sustainable Summer series, join us at our Wonder Cabinet to inspect real plankton under our microscope and make your own marine food web! Learn how these delicate food webs can be upset, and how sustainability can save species and whole ecosystems! No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Natural History
Audience: All Ages

Pop-Up Talk: Basking Sharks

27/07/2019 12pm & 2pm
As part of our Sustainable Summer series, join Museum Educator & Zoologist Emma Murphy in the Irish Room for this 15 minute pop-up talk on the largest of our native sharks. Learn more about the dangers facing this critically endangered gentle giant and how you can help! No booking required. Please follow directional signage to the basking shark on the ground floor. Wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Talk
Topic: Natural History
Audience: All Ages

Inspectorium: Rewild Your Garden!

31/07/2019 11am-1pm
Make your garden the best wildlife haven it can be for our challenged Irish birds, mammals & insects. Drop into the Wonder Cabinet and create something for your own wildlife garden, and get tips on how to bring nature home! No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Natural History
Audience: Families

June 2019 Events at National Museum of Ireland

Events at National Museum of Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks

Cruinniú na nÓg: Art Workshop

Cruiniu na nOg Art Workshop National Museum of Ireland

Saturday 15th June, 2pm to 4pm – What would happen if artefacts in the Museum came to life? Let your imagination go and develop your artistic skills in this fun workshop creating animations of Museum objects!

Admission free, booking required. Art materials provided.
Event Type: Workshop
Topic: Decorative Arts
Audience: Families

The Stoneybatter Festival at Collins Barracks

Sunday 23rd June, 2.30pm to 4.30pm – At Collins Barracks we’re joining in this fun-filled festival, now in its third year, which unites our local community and showcases everything this great part of Dublin has to offer! This year we’re celebrating the art of street and landscape photography, with the exhibition Henri Cartier-Bresson and Ireland as our inspiration. Join us on Sunday 23rd June in a family workshop with artist Seliena Coyle who will work with participants to make Pinhole Cameras and take photographs in and around the Museum.

Admission free, booking required.
Event Type: Family Event
Topic: Decorative Arts
Audience: All Ages

Talk Culture Club: Barracks Summer Nature Ramble with Catherine McGuinness

Celebrate summer at Collins Barracks with zoologist Catherine McGuinness exploring the flora and fauna that can be found around the Barracks.

Booking required.
Audience : Adults

Tour Family Tour – An Introduction to Collins Barracks

National Museum of Ireland

Sunday 30th June, 3pm to 4pm – Join an introductory tour to learn about the history of Collins Barracks, from the 1700s to the present day and its transition from Barracks to Museum, taking in some of the highlights from the Museum’s military history or decorative arts exhibitions.

Admission free, places allocated on a first come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Suitable for families.

June Events at National Museum of Ireland Archaeology, Kildare St., Dublin 1

Cruinniú na nÓg Family Tour – Off the Cuff? Clothes through the Ages at the National Museum

Cruinniu na nog clothing tour national museum of Ireland

Saturday 15th June, 2pm to 2.45pm – To celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg, take this special tour of the Museum galleries to find out about clothes in the past! What did people make their clothes from hundreds of years ago? Can clothes tell us anything about the people who made and wore them? Uncover the answers to these questions and more and handle some of our replica artefacts relating to clothing on this special family tour.

No booking required, places allocated on a first come served basis. Partially wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Tour
Topic: Archaeology
Audience: Ages 7+

Summer is Coming! Summer Solstice Tour

Saturday 22nd June, 2.30pm to 3.15pm – To celebrate the Summer Solstice, join in our special tour to discover how some archaeological monuments in Ireland, such as the Hill of Tara and ancient tombs are linked to celestial events. Take a close look at artefacts connected to solar symbols including the Bronze Age Lunulae and Sun Discs.

Booking required, contact [email protected] or call 01 6486332. Meet at the Reception. Wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Tour
Topic: Archaeology
Audience: Ages 8+

Brilliant Brooches

Brilliant Brooches National Museum of Ireland

Sunday 30th June, 2pm to 4pm – There are some beautiful brooches to be seen at the Museum, from the famous ‘Tara’ Brooch of early Christian times, to brooches worn by Viking women, and even brooches given as love tokens in medieval times. Drop in to the Museum to see the beautiful pins and brooches discovered in 2016 and displayed in the new ‘Dressed to Impress’ exhibit, learn about the people who made these brooches, then make your own brooch to take home!

No booking required. Located in the Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Archaeology
Audience: Ages 6+

June Events at National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Summer Knits

Easy knitting projects for kids - Mykidstime

Friday 7th June, 11am – 1pm – Join the Museum knitters this summer and work on your knitting and crochet skills. Start a new project or get help finishing an old one! Exchange ideas and tips. Learn a new skill for life.

Beginners welcome. No booking required.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Country Life
Audience: Adults & Children 7+

Irish Artists and the Great War 1914-18

Sunday 9th June, 2pm to 3pm – Dr. Marie Bourke, cultural historian and former Keeper/Head of Education of the National Gallery of Ireland, will give an illustrated talk exploring the work of Irish artists during WWI. These include William Orpen, John Lavery, and Harry Clarke whose Roll of Honour recorded the men in Irish regiments and Irishmen in British regiments who were killed in the Great War.

Booking required.
Event Type: Talk
Topic: Country Life
Audience: Adults & Children 12+

Music Circle

Musician playing accordian St Patrick's Day Weekend events

Saturday 15th June, 2pm to 4.30pm – Dust down that fiddle, polish that whistle and join the Music Circle to practice, share, play tunes and songs.

No booking required.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Country Life
Audience: Adults & Children 12+

Beetles, Bugs & Bumblebees

Beetles Bugs and Bumblebees National Museum of Ireland June

Sunday 16th June, 2pm to 4pm – Ever wondered what insects live in your garden? Join Dr Karina Dingerkus to find out, and to learn about the amazing creatures that live on our grounds and why they are so important. Afterwards join artist Veronika Straberger to make and decorate your very own Bug Hotel.

Booking required.
Event Type: Family Event
Topic: Country Life
Audience: Families with Children 7+

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Summer Knits

Friday 21st June, 11am to 1pm – Join the Museum knitters this summer and work on your knitting and crochet skills. Start a new project or get help finishing an old one! Exchange ideas and tips. Learn a new skill for life. Beginners welcome. No booking required.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Country Life
Audience: Adults & Children 7+

June Events at National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Merrion St., Dublin

Seasonal Activity Sheet- Summer Sun!

Saturday 1st to Sunday 30th June, during opening hours – For some animals, it is warm all year long, depending on where they live – follow the Summer Sun trail to find out more! Copies of this activity sheet trail are available in the Reception Area and in the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil! Partially wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Natural History
Audience: Families

Ultimate Predators: Lions Versus Tigers

Saturday 15th June, 11am to 1pm – Are you team lion or team tiger? Drop in to the Discovery Zone and compare the skulls of two large carnivores to investigate who would win in a fight between these ultimate predators!

No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Natural History
Audience: Families

The Dead Zoo Tour

Saturday 29th June, 12pm & 2pm – Meet a Museum Educator and discover the science and stories behind the collections on display during this free public highlights tour of the Museum of Natural History. No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Not wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Tour
Topic: Natural History
Audience: All Ages

May 2019 Events at National Museum of Ireland

May Events at National Museum of Ireland Archaeology, Kildare St., Dublin 1

Bealtaine Tour – Off the Cuff? Clothing Through The Ages at the National Museum

Free things to do in Mayo NMI Country Life Museum dressing up station

14/05/2019 – 1.00-1.45pm  As part of the Bealtaine Festival, take this special tour of the Museum galleries to examine the archaeological evidence for clothing from Stone Age to medieval times. Learn about how clothes were created and cared for in the past, and discover how people used clothes and ‘jewellery’ to honour the gods, mark their social status, or just protect their ankles from the mud! Booking required, please email [email protected] or call 01 6486 334. Partially wheelchair accessible.

Drawing Day: Megalithic Big Draw

18/05/2019 2:30pm-4:30pm – Take part in our Big Draw and decorate our giant paper with megalithic and cave art at the Museum! Learn all about the different designs used by people in the Stone Age to decorate prehistoric tombs in Ireland and create your own hand-print cave art.No booking required. Located in the Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not wheelchair accessible. Families All Ages

Off the Cuff? Clothing through the Ages at the National Museum. Irish Sign Language Interpretation.

25/05/2019 2.00-2.45pm Take this special tour of the Museum galleries to examine the archaeological evidence for clothing from Stone Age to medieval times. Learn how clothes were created and cared for in the past and discover how people may have used their clothing and ‘jewellery’ to mark their social status, honour their gods, or just protect their ankles from the mud! Irish Sign Language Interpretation will be provided for this tour. Booking required, please email [email protected] or call 01 6486 334. Partially wheelchair accessible.

May Events at National Museum of Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks

Stories Between Us

08/05/2019 – 31/08/2019 During Museum opening hours
The Stories Between Us exhibition is an element of an inter-generational public art and oral history project funded by Grangegorman Development Agency and the National Museum, with curator and artist Janine Davidson, local community art groups from Henrietta Adult Community Education and Phibsboro Active Retirement Association and St. Gabriel’s National School. The project, inspired by the Grangegorman Development Agency’s ‘The Lives We Live’ initiative, involves the creation of a Memory Box of objects, which will be on exhibition, alongside a display of personal objects loaned by participants, at the Museum from May – August 2019.

Drawing Day 2019 with Sarah Bowie

kids drawing

18/05/2019 – 18/05/2019 2 – 3.30 pm
Join illustrator Sarah Bowie at the Museum to celebrate National Drawing Day. We’ll be discovering stories from the Museum’s collection, and using the oldest and most effective form of storytelling, Narrative Art to share them! Learn how to craft your own narrative through this interactive workshop. Booking Required. Sarah Bowie is a cartoonist, illustrator, and co-founder of The Comics Lab and of Ireland’s first Graphic Short Story Prize in partnership with The Irish Times. Her ‘Seen and Heard in Dublin’ comic strip updates weekly on Instagram at @sarahbowieillustration and her latest picture book ‘We’re going to the zoo!’ is in bookshops now. Suitable for Ages 12+

May Events at National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Summer Knits for Bealtaine

03/05/2019 – 03/05/2019 11am – 1pm
Join the Museum knitters this summer and work on your knitting and crochet skills. Start a new project or get help finishing an old one! Exchange ideas and tips. Learn a new skill for life. Beginners welcome. No booking required. Adults & Children 7+

Mayo Day: The Mayo Word

04/05/2019 12pm – 6pm
Mayo Day, which is dedicated to the celebration of County Mayo, returns for its fifth year and is proudly being hosted at the Museum of Country Life. The day brings together writers, poets, historians, musicians, business leaders and thinkers, athletes, innovators, communities and children to celebrate this year’s theme ‘The Mayo Word’ through stories, poetry, song and other artistic expressions.No booking required. Families

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Summer Knits for Bealtaine

17/05/2019 11am – 1pm
Join the Museum knitters this summer and work on your knitting and crochet skills. Start a new project or get help finishing an old one! Exchange ideas and tips. Learn a new skill for life. Beginners welcome. No booking required. Adults & Children 7+ 

Music Circle

18/05/2019 2pm – 4:30pm
Dust down that fiddle, polish that whistle and join the music circle to practice, share, play tunes and songs. No booking required. Adults & Children 12+

Connacht Textile Crafters

25/05/2019 11:30am – 12:30pm & 3pm -4pm
The talented Connacht Textile Crafters (CTC) are holding two open sessions looking at fabric embellishment techniques, be it felting, crochet, knitting or embroidery. The CTC work in a range of textile crafts, using both traditional and contemporary techniques. No booking required. Adults & Children 7+

A Walk in the Woods

Free things to do in Mayo NMI Country Life Museum Woodland Explorer

25/05/2019 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Join a member of the National Parks and Wildlife Service’s Ballycroy Education Team for a walk around the grounds of Turlough Park. Discover what creatures live in the shadows of our woods, on the banks of the river and in the depths of our man-made lake. Booking required. Adults & Children 5+

Bealtaine: Electric Irish Homes Textile Project Open Day

30/05/2019 2pm – 4pm
To mark the 2019 Bealtaine Festival, the Museum of Country Life invites you to a special event on 30th May to celebrate creativity in older age. This is a unique opportunity to learn more about the ‘Electric Irish Homes Textile Project’ and to meet all those involved. You can also see a short documentary video highlighting the participants’ journey. Not to be missed! No booking required. All Ages

May Events at National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Merrion St., Dublin

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Seasonal Activity Sheet- Summer Sun!

01/05/2019 – 31/05/2019 11am-1pm
For some animals, it is warm all year long, depending on where they live – follow the Summer Sun trail to find out more! Copies of this activity sheet trail are available in the Reception Area and in the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil! Partially wheelchair accessible. Families

April 2019 Events at National Museum of Ireland

April Events at National Museum of Ireland Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin

Treasure: The Tale of a Twisted Torc by Dr Greer Ramsey

Friday April 5th, 1pm to 1.45pm – The Treasure Act, as it applies in Northern Ireland, has helped secure some spectacular objects for the collections, many of which are on display in the Ulster Museum, Belfast. One of the most significant is a twisted Bronze Age gold torc from Corrard, County Fermanagh. Torcs are traditionally interpreted as an item of jewellery, worn around the neck – but the Corrard torc could not be used in this way. Dr Greer Ramsey, Curator of Archaeology at National Museums NI, explores the making and function of this remarkable artefact. Booking required, please phone 01-6486 332 or email [email protected]. Located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible.

Culture Club: Dressed to Impress- Brooches and Pins of Bronze, Silver and Gold

Friday April 12th, 11.30am to 12.30pmThis talk by Nessa O’Connor, Assistant Keeper, Irish Antiquities Division, will include a viewing of some newly displayed medieval period brooches and pins, all of which were found by chance during 2016, in varying circumstances and locations in Ireland. Afterwards we will take a more detailed look at both these and some similar decorative objects in order to better understand the craftsmanship and design of personal ornament a thousand years ago and more. Booking required and places are limited. Please email [email protected] or call 01 6486 334 to book.Not wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Talk
Topic: Archaeology
Audience: Adults

Treasures of the National Museum

Ardagh Challice and Tara Broches NMI National Musuem of Ireland Archaeology

Sunday April 14th, 3pm to 3.45pmTake a tour of the iconic treasures in the National Museum, including the ‘Tara’ Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice. No booking required, places allocated on a first come first served basis. Wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Tour
Topic: Archaeology
Audience: Adults & Children 7+

Brilliant Brooches

NMI National Museum of Ireland Archaeology Tara Brooch

Tuesday April 16th, 11.30am to 1.30pm – There are some beautiful brooches to be seen at the Museum, from the famous ‘Tara’ Brooch of Early Christian times, to brooches worn by Viking women, and even brooches given as love tokens in medieval times. Drop into the Museum to see the beautiful pins and brooches discovered in 2016 and displayed n the new ‘Dressed to Impress’ exhibit, learn about the people who made these brooches, then make your own brooch to take home! No booking required. Located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Archaeology
Audience: Ages 6+

Weight-to-Go! Make your own Viking Weight

Thursday April 18th, 11.30am to 1.30pm – Did you know that before there were coins in Ireland, the Vikings used to trade in silver? Drop into the Museum to learn about the weighing scales and decorated lead weights the Vikings used to figure out how much silver they had, discover who the Vikings were trading with, then make your own weight to take home! No booking required. Located in Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Archaeology
Audience: Ages 6+

April Events at National Museum of Ireland Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin

ODG: Kingdom of Dust

Monday April 1st to Sunday April 28th, during museum opening hoursVisit this temporary exhibition by young artists Mark Harmon and Aoife O’Connor at Collins Barracks which celebrates the community of O’Devaney Gardens (ODG) in Dublin 7. The exhibition features photographs and video capturing the flat complex in its final days, juxtaposed with portraits of former and local residents. A series of interviews with residents discuss the portrayal of O’Devaney Gardens in the media, their hopes for the future and their memories of ODG as a vibrant community. Through this exhibition the artists wanted to show, in their words, that ‘ODG’ wasn’t a ‘bad’ place to grow up. The exhibition is supported by the MOST Garda Youth Diversion Project and artist Shireen Shortt. A special talk with the artists will take place on Monday 15th April at the Museum.
Event Type: Temporary Exhibition
Topic: History
Audience: All Ages

Barracks Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

 

Sunday April 21st, 2pm to 4pm – Take this egg-straordinary trail through the Museum’s exhibitions and test your knowledge to find the Museum’s golden egg. Complete the trail to receive an egg-cellent edible reward! Pick up your free Trail at Museum reception. No booking required.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Decorative Arts
Audience: Families

Family Tour: Proclaiming a Republic

Easter 1916 at Collins Barracks

Sunday April 28th, 3pm to 4pm – On the 103rd anniversary of the Rising, why not join a family-friendly tour of Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising exhibition. Explore some of the highlights of the Museum’s extensive Easter Week collection. Admission free, places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts.
Event Type: Tour
Topic: History
Audience: Families

April Events at National Museum of Ireland Natural History, Merrion Square, Dublin

Seasonal Activity Sheet- Spring Into Action!

National Museum of Ireland spring into action

Monday April 1st to Tuesday April 30th, during opening hours – Spring has sprung so why not drop into the Museum and try our Spring Activity Trail. Copies of this activity sheet trail are available in the Reception Area and in the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil! Wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Natural History
Audience: Families

Earth Day: Protect our Species Super Sketch

NMI Natural History Museum Zebra

Saturday April 20th, 11am to 1pm – Drop into the Museum to find your favourite animal and join the super sketch at the Dead Zoo. See up close some super species from the handling collection and learn about why species are endangered and how science can help protect our species! No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Not wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Natural History
Audience: Families

Inspectorium: If (shark) teeth could talk!

basking shark

Thursday April 25th, 11am to 1pm – How many teeth does a shark have in its lifetime and just how big can they get? Drop into the Discovery Zone to learn all about sharks and inspect some of the handling collection up close. No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Natural History
Audience: Families

Seasonal Activity Sheet- Summer Sun!

summer sun seasonal activity sheet for national musuem of Ireland Natural History

Wednesday May 1st to Friday May 31st, during opening hours – For some animals, it is warm all year long, depending on where they live – follow the Summer Sun trail to find out more! Copies of this activity sheet trail are available in the Reception Area and in the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil! Partially wheelchair accessible.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Natural History
Audience: Families

April Events at National Museum of Ireland Country Life, Turlough Park, Mayo

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Spring Patterns

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Friday April 5th, 11am to 1pm – Update your style for Spring. Join the group to work on your knitting and crochet skills, swap patterns and get advice. Beginners welcome. No booking required.
Event Type: Drop-in Activity
Topic: Country Life
Audience: Adults & Children 7+

Easter Egg Mania

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Sunday April 21st, 1.30pm to 3.30pm – Lots of Easter Eggs are hidden around the grounds of Turlough Park House. Can you find the secret hiding places and take home some eggs of your own? Booking Required.
Event Type: Family Event
Topic: Country Life
Audience: Families

Egg in the Sky

Tuesday April 23rd, 11.30am to 12.30pm & 2pm to 3pm – Can you build a great big tower that’s stable enough to hold an egg or build a vessel to launch an egg in flight without it cracking? A fun and exciting, hands-on science and engineering workshop brought to you by the team from Toodlelou. Booking required.
Event Type: Family Event
Topic: Country Life
Audience: Adults & Children 7+

We’ve gone all Horse and Donkey!

Donkeys from Irish Donkey Welfare Association Gallery for NMI Country Life Event

Wednesday April 24th, 11am to 4pm – Join some of the members of local donkey welfare groups including Irish Donkey Welfare Organisation, who will all explain about Ireland’s much-loved donkey. Colman Coogan with his two beautiful Shire horses Ned & Ted, will explain the history of Shires in Ireland and show some of the tack and equipment traditionally used by these massive workhorses. Also joined by master farrier Mark Hester and straw crafter Pat Broderick who will demonstrate their skills on the day. No booking required.
Event Type: Family Event
Topic: Country Life
Audience: Families

March 2019 Events at National Museum of Ireland

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March Events at National Museum of Ireland Country Life, Turlough Park, Mayo

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Springtime Patterns

national Museum knitting and rochet circle at NMI Country LIfe Whats on

Friday March 1st 2019, 11am – 1pm – Update your style for Spring. Join the group to work on your knitting and crochet skills, swap patterns and get advice. Adults & Children 7+. Drop-In Activity. Admission free. No booking required. Beginners welcome.

Engineers Week with Bricks 4 Kidz

Sunday March 3rd, 1.30pm to 4.30pm – Explore the museum collections in a very different way. Join the Bricks 4 Kidz team to celebrate Engineers Week and discover the engineering behind some of the artefacts using LEGO©. No booking required. All ages welcome.

Leaving Certificate Revision Day – Late Modern European History

Saturday March 9th 2019, 10pm – 2pm – Join Dr. Yvonne McDermott, History Lecturer, GMIT, Castlebar for a session on Dictatorship and Democracy, 1920 – 1945 and The United States and the World, 1945 – 1989. Students. Admission free. Booking required.

CAMP Project: In Conversation with Louise Wallace and Ian McDonagh

Saturday, March 9th 2019, 2:30pm – 3:30pm  – As part of the Travellers’ Journey CAMP arts project, artist Louise Wallace and Ian McDonagh will discuss their collaboration on the CAMP project. The event will be chaired by Aideen Barry, artist and lecturer at Limerick Institute of Technology. Ian will discuss his role in the creation of some of the works in the CAMP project as well as life as a young Traveller person in contemporary Ireland. Louise will also discuss her collaboration with young Irish Travellers and how her project developed.  Adults & Children 12+. Admission free. Booking required.

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Springtime Patterns

Friday, March 15th 2019, 11am – 1pm – Update your style for Spring. Join the group to work on your knitting and crochet skills, swap patterns and get advice. Adults & Children 7+. Drop-In Activity. Admission free. No booking required. Beginners welcome.

Music Circle

Saturday March 16th 2019, 2pm – 4pm – Dust down that fiddle, polish that whistle and join the music circle to practice, share, play tunes and songs. Adults & Children 12+. Drop-In Activity. Admission free. No booking required

Leaving Certificate Revision Day – Late Modern Irish History

Saturday March 23rd, 10am – 2pm – Join Dr. Fiona White, History Lecturer, GMIT, Castlebar for a revision course focusing on late modern Irish history. Students. Admission free. Booking required.

Folk Cures and Irish Traveller Herb Lore

NMI Country Life Museum Travellers' Journey

Saturday, March 23rd 2019, 2:30am – 3:30pm – Oein DeBhairduin returns to talk about folk cures and Irish Traveller / Minceir herb lore, exploring the importance of folk medicine in the past and the ongoing attempts to record and protect these disappearing traditions for the future. Adults & Children 12+. Admission free. Booking required.

March Events at National Museum of Ireland Natural History, Merrion Square, Dublin

Seasonal Activity Sheet – Spring Into Action!

Friday March 1st to Sunday March 31st, During museum opening hours – Spring has sprung so why not drop in to the Museum and try our Spring Activity Trail. Families. Drop-In Activity. Admission free. No booking required, copies of this activity sheet are available at the stand in the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil! Wheelchair accessible.

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Inspectorium: Record Breakers!

Saturday March 9th 2019, 11am -1pm – What animal has the largest appetite or best sense of smell? Drop into the Discovery Zone to find out more and see up close some animal record breakers from the handling collection! No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible.  All ages welcome.

A History of Falconry in Ireland and Norway

National Museum of Ireland Inspectorium

Saturday, March 23rd, 2.30pm – 3.30pm – Falconers Ellen Hagen from the Museum of Archaeology at the University of Stavanger, Norway, and Hilary White of the Irish Hawking Club will explain the archaeological and historical evidence for falconry in Norway and Ireland, from medieval to modern times. Booking required, please email [email protected] or call 016486334. Located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible. Ages 7+

March Events at National Museum of Ireland Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin

Seachtain na Gaeilge at Collins Barracks

Friday, March 1st to Sunday March 17th, During Museum Opening Hours – Tar chugainn le trial a bhaint as Conair Gníomhaíochta trí Ghaeilge sa Mhúsaem, oiriúnach do pháistí idir 8 -12 bhlian d’aois, ar fáil le linn Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Drop in and try out a Museum activity trail in Irish, suitable for children aged 8-12 years old, available during Seachtain na Gaeilge. Ages 8-12. Drop-In Activity. Admission free. No booking required.

Bilingual Tour: Turas Dearbhú na Poblachta: Éirí Amach 1916 Easter 1916 at Collins Barracks

Sunday, March 10th, 3pm – 4pm & Monday, March 18th 2.30pm -3.30pm – Glac páirt linn i Seachtain na Gaeilge, ar an turas dátheangach don taispeántas Dearbhú na Poblachta: Éirí Amach 1916, le treoir an Mhusaem, staraí Déaglán Ó Brádaigh. Ní gá aon áirithintí, déanfaimid leithroinnt d’áiteanna cúig nóiméad déag sula dtosaíonn an turas. Fáilte roimh chách.

Take part in Seachtain na Gaeilge, by joining Museum guide Declan Brady on a bilingual tour of Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising exhibition. No booking required, places allocated 15 minutes before tour starts. All Ages welcome.

March Events at National Museum of Ireland Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin

Thóg Trál!- Take a Trail!

Friday March 1st to Sunday March 17th, During museum opening hours – Chun Seachtain na Gaeilge 2019 a cheiliúradh, ar mhaith leat bualadh isteach agus tabhairt faoi cheann dár mbileoga oibre Gaeilge? Beidh rogha agat idir Éire na Lochlannach, An Déantán is Fearr Liom, Éire sa Chlochaois agus Slí na Seodlainne. Gheofar na bileoga ag an deasc fáiltithe agus sa charr gníomhaíochta ag an Músaem.

To celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge 2019, why not drop in and challenge yourself to our worksheets in Irish? Choose from Viking Ireland, My Favourite Object, Stone Age Ireland or the Treasury Trail.
Ages 7 – 12. Drop – in activity. Admission free. No booking required. These worksheets will be available in the reception area and the activity cart in the Museum.

The Trail of St. Patrick and the Saints of Ireland

Sunday March 17th 2019, during museum opening hours – To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, drop by the Museum and join in our special trail! Follow St. Patrick’s trail through the museum and discover all about the Patron Saint of Ireland; the myths, the legends and the objects. Find out more about the many other saints associated to Ireland. No booking required, trails will be available at the reception area of the Museum. Partially wheelchair accessible. Don’t forget to bring your pencil! Ages 8+

A History of Falconry in Ireland and Norway

Falconry at National Museum of Ireland

Saturday March 23rd, 2:30pm – 3:30pm – Falconers Ellen Hagen from the Museum of Archaeology at the University of Stavanger, Norway, and Hillary White of the Irish Hawking Club will explain the archaeological and historical evidence for falconry in Norway and Ireland, from medieval to modern times. Ages 7+. Admission free. Booking required, please email [email protected] or call 01 6486 334. Located in the Kildare Room, ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible.

February 2019 Events at National Museum of Ireland

February 2019 Events at National Museum of Ireland Country Life

NMI Country Life Museum Meath Travellers Workshop

CAMP Project: Building a Bendy, Thursday 7th February 12-1pm

As part of the Travellers’ Journey CAMP arts project, artist Gianna Tomasso and members of the Tipperary Traveller Horse Owners’ Association, will demonstrate the construction of a traditional Shelter Tent or ‘Bendy’, on the grounds of Turlough Park House. Discover the different materials and construction techniques that went into this mainstay of traditional Traveller Camp. No booking required. All ages.

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Springtime Patterns Friday 1st & 15th February 11am-1pm

Update your style for Spring. Join the group to work on your knitting and crochet skills, swap patterns and get advice. Adults & Children 7+. Drop-In Activity. Admission free. No booking required. Beginners welcome.

Music Circle Saturday 16th February 2019 2pm-4pm

Dust down that fiddle, polish that whistle and join the music circle to practice, share, play tunes and songs. Adults & Children 12+. Drop-In Activity. Admission free. No booking required.

The Road to War Sunday 17th February 2019 1.30-2.30pm & 3-4pm

The Road to WarTwo talks exploring the changes in Ireland’s political landscape as a result of the December 1918 general election and the rise of Sinn Féin as the dominant political party. Also investigating the journey towards the War of Independence and its impact on the West of Ireland. Featuring guest speakers Dr. Martin O’Donoghue, professional historian and lecturer in the History Department, UL and Dr. Richard McElligott, Lecturer in Modern Irish History, UCD. Adults & Children 14+. Admission free. Booking required, email [email protected].

Look to the Lights Thursday 21st February 2019 2-3pm

Before electricity people used tallow candles, rushlights and paraffin lamps to light their homes. Join the Education Team for Look to the Lights to learn more about how people lit their homes and then with artist Veronika Straberger make and decorate your own lantern. Adults & Children 7+. Admission free. Booking required, to book email [email protected].

CAMP Project: Magical Moving Images, Thursday 21st February 2019 10am-1.30pm

As part of the Travellers’ Journey CAMP arts project, artist Brid Murphy will lead this workshop in Video Mapping and Interactive Video Projection. Discover how to make magical moving image installations to project images on to the front of buildings and interventions in space. Find out how moving image can be a powerful tool to activate conversations on how to challenge prejudice and can give a voice to the marginalised. Adults & Children 14+. Admission free. Booking required, email [email protected].

Junior Event: Create Your Own Family Tree Friday 22nd February 2019 2-3pm

Join artist Nuala Clarke for a fun and interactive workshop Create Your Own Family Tree exploring family connections and use natural materials from the Museum grounds to create your own family tree. Adults & Children 3-6yrs. Admission free. Booking required, email [email protected].

I am Traveller: Our Histories and Heritage, Saturday 23rd February 2019 2-5pm

At I am Traveller: Our Histories and Heritage meet with guests Brigid Carmody, Hugh Friel, Michael McDonagh, Mary Collins and Oein DeBhairduin, representing Traveller groups from Cork, Donegal, Meath, Mayo and Dublin. The panel will share their insights on traditional and contemporary Traveller culture and interesting community initiatives. Chaired by Senator Collette Kelleher. Adults & Children 14+. Admission free. Booking required, email [email protected].

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February 2019 Events at National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History)

Family Tours – An Introduction to Collins Barracks Sunday 10th February 3-4pm and Friday 24th February 3pm-4pm

Join an introductory tour to learn about the history of Collins Barracks, from the 1700s to the present day and its transition from Barracks to Museum, taking in some of the highlights from the Museum’s military history or decorative arts exhibitions. Families. Admission free. No booking required, places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts.

Jurassic Skies: Open Day Sunday 17th February 1-4pm

jurassic skies exhibition

Dinosaurs are taking over Collins Barracks for a special open day! Drop-in on the day to visit the temporary exhibition, Jurassic Skies, and meet with scientists, artists and storytellers to discover more about when dinosaurs took to the air. Activities on the day include a hands-on look at real dinosaur fossils, bird feathers and bones. No booking required. All ages.

Jurassic Skies: Midterm Family Art Workshop Wednesday 20th February 2.30-3.30pm

Join us for a mid-term Art workshop for families exploring the Jurassic Skies exhibition- learn about the Archaeopteryx, an animal known from fossils dating from the Jurassic age, approximately 150 million years old and create a creature of your own design! Families. Admission free. Art materials supplied. Booking required, email [email protected].

February 2019 Events at National Museum of Ireland Natural History

NMI National Museum of ireland discovery zone

Seasonal Activity Sheet – Spring Into Action! February 1st to 28th 2019 During Museum Opening Hours

Spring has sprung so why not drop in to the museum and try our Spring Activity Trail. Families. Drop-In Activity. Admission free. No booking required, copies of this activity sheet are available at the stand in the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil! Wheelchair accessible.

Made to Measure? Thursday 21st February 2019 12pm & 2pm

Are you the height of a beaver? Are you as long as a moose? Join zoologist Catherine McGuinness to learn how we measure animals and guess their sizes. You might be surprised by your animal height! No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Not wheelchair accessible. All ages welcome.

Prehistory Mysteries! Humans and the Natural World Saturday 23rd February 2.30–4.30pm

Pop into the Museum and have a chat with Museum Educators who will have an array of replica artefacts and raw materials, which you can pick up and examine. Discover how humans cleverly used antler, wood, and clay in centuries past – long before there was plastic! No booking required. Located in the Prehistoric Ireland exhibition, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible. All ages welcome.

January 2019 at National Museum of Ireland

NMI Natural History Museum What's for Dinner Skulls

Inspectorium: Skullduggery at National Museum of Ireland Natural History on Wednesday 2nd January 11am-1pm. When a scientist discovers a new fossil, how can it tell what that animal eats? Drop into the Discovery Zone to inspect different animal skulls from the handling collection and learn how to tell what it eats by looking at its teeth! No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible.

jurassic skies exhibition

Jurassic Skies – When Dinosaurs Took to the Air is an exhibition at Collins Barracks exploring how dinosaurs took to the air and the origin of birds. In collaboration with National Museum Wales, running until 24 March 2019. The Jurassic Period was an exciting time in the evolution of reptiles. Ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs dominated the oceans, dinosaurs dominated the land and pterosaurs dominated the air – although the dinosaurs were about to launch their own bid for domination of the Jurassic skies.

Mini Medieval Architects – Make your own Tower House! at National Museum of Ireland Archaeology on Thursday 3rd January 2-4pm. Tower Houses were built all around the Irish landscape in Medieval Ireland and can still be seen today. They were the defended homes of lords and ladies. Drop in to the National Museum of Ireland to handle replicas of the objects that were used in these homes from pottery to weapons, and explore the architecture of these castles as you make your own Tower House! No booking required. Meet at the Reception. Places allocated on a first come basis. Wheelchair accessible.

Paper Puzzles at National Museum of Ireland Archaeology on Saturday 5th January 11.30am-1.30pm Solve the puzzle and help piece together some archaeological objects from the Museum’s collection including the Ardagh Chalice and the Loughnashade Trumpet by piecing the paper ‘fragments’ together! No booking required. Located in the Learning Resource Room. Not Wheelchair accessible. Aois 6+ / Ages 6+

national museum of Ireland rhymersJoin the Armagh Rhymers, one of Ireland’s most celebrated folk theatre ensembles, for their traditional seasonal performance at Collins Barracks on Sunday 6th January 3 – 4pm Take part in this annual tradition and see them sing, act, make music, dance, tell stories and act the clown, dressed in costume and beautifully crafted masks of flax, willow and straw. This January they will once again give voice to a tradition that dates back to 2,500 years. Suitable for all ages. No Booking required, places allocated on a first come basis.

Family Storytelling for Little Christmas at National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks on Sunday 6th January 2.15pm and 4.15pm Join renowned storyteller Nuala Hayes in the Museum’s Out of Storage Gallery to hear stories and tales that reflect this special day in January, Nollaig na mBan, or Little Christmas and the coming of the Three Wise Men. Nuala’s stories will include Cailleachaí Sliabh na mBan – The Fairy Hill’s on Fire, The Three Gifts and a story from Norway called The Devil’s Handmill. No booking required, places allocated on a first come basis.

Family Tour – An Introduction to Collins Barracks on Sunday 13th January 3 – 4pm. Join an introductory tour to learn about the history of Collins Barracks, from the 1700s to the present day and its transition from Barracks to Museum, taking in some of the highlights from the Museum’s military history or decorative arts exhibitions. Admission free, places allocated on a first come basis 15 minutes before tour starts.

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The Dead Zoo Tour at National Museum of Ireland Natural History on Saturday 19th January 12pm & 2pm. Meet Museum Educator, Geraldine Breen, and discover the science and stories behind the collections on display during this free public highlights tour of the Museum of Natural History. No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Not wheelchair accessible. Aois 8+ / Ages 8+

Music Circle at National Museum of Ireland Country Life on Saturday 19th January 2pm – 4pm. Dust down that fiddle, polish that whistle and join the music circle to practice, share, play tunes and songs. No booking required. Adults & Children 12+

national museum of Ireland st brigids cross

Make a St. Brigid’s Cross at National Museum of Ireland Country Life on Sunday 27th January 2pm – 4pm. Join the members of the Education team to learn more about the history, customs and traditions around St. Brigid’s Day and make your very own St. Brigid’s Cross. No booking required. Teaghlaigh / Families

Tour of the Eileen Gray Exhibition – National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7

3pm – 4pm, Sunday, January 27th

Join a public tour of the Eileen Gray gallery, exploring one of the most influential designers and architects of the 20th century. No booking required, places allocated on a first-come basis 15minutes before tour starts. All ages.

BOOKING INFORMATION: For Dublin events, telephone +353 (0) 1 6486453 or email [email protected]. For Mayo events, telephone +353 (0) 94 90 31751 or email [email protected].



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