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

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Falconry at National Museum of Ireland

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 Spring 2019

Discover when dinosaurs took to the air, make a St Brigid’s cross or find out what animal has the largest appetite or best sense of smell. There are lots to do and see for families at the National Museum of Ireland this Spring.

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].

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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+

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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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