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 in January 2019
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 – 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+
Join 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.
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+
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