National Museums of Ireland Fun Family Events 2017

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


National Museum of Archaeology, Kildare St., Dublin

January 2017 Events

Winter Activity Sheet

Sun 1 st Jan. – Sun 29th Jan. During Museum Opening Hours Junior Activity, Ages 8+
Long ago in winters past, when days were cold and nights were long, Stone Age farmers, Bronze Age warriors, Viking children and Medieval lords and ladies passed the time and celebrated feasts in different ways. Challenge yourself to complete the Winter Trail activity sheet and explore what objects tell us about life for people in the past during the winter months. This worksheet will be available in the reception area and the activity cart in the National Museum, Kildare Street. Don’t forget to bring your pencils.

Drop-In: Kingly Attire!

Wed 4th Jan. 2pm-4pm Drop-in Activity, Ages 8+ Drop-in and explore Ireland at the time of Celtic Kings. Find out more about the mysterious bog bodies and what they may have worn to special ceremonies and make your own leather armlet to take home! No booking required. Located in the Learning Resource Room, first floor. Not Wheelchair accessible. Free Admission.

Winter Trail Family Tour

Fri 6th Jan. 2:30-3:30pm Tour, Ages 7+ and Families Discover how Medieval lords, Viking children and Stone Age farmers passed the time and celebrated feasts in winters past. No booking required. Meet at Reception. Places allocated on a first come basis. Partially wheelchair accessible. Free admission.

Treasures of the National Museum

Sat 7 th Jan.2:30-3:30pm Tour, Ages 8+ 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 basis. Wheelchair accessible. Free admission.

Thor’s Hammer

Sun 22nd Jan. 2:30-4pm Drop-in Activity, Ages 7+ and Families The Vikings wore pendants and amulets based on the Norse gods in the hope that they would bring them good luck. Learn more about the beliefs of the Vikings and make your very own Thor’s Hammer pendant to take home. No Booking required. Located in the Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not wheelchair accessible. Free admission.

Women in Medieval Ireland

Sat 4th Feb 11am – 11.45am Tour, Ages 8+
To celebrate St. Brigid’s day, take a special tour of our Medieval Ireland exhibition with Museum Educator Annie Birney to find out what life was like for women in the Middle Ages and learn more about artefacts associated with women like the shrine of St. Brigid’s shoe.
No booking required, places allocated on a first come basis. Meet at Reception. Not
wheelchair accessible. Free admission.


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

January 2017 Events

Hands on History

Sun 22nd Jan. 3-4pm Drop-in Activity, All Ages A chance to explore some of the artefacts from the Museum’s collection of objects for handling with Museum educators – a fascinating drop-in handling session for all ages. No booking required.

Leaving Certificate History Conference

Sat 28th Jan. 10am-1pm Conference, Ages 14+ Was Ireland really ‘changed utterly’ after the Easter Rising? Participate in the National Museum of Ireland’s history conference for senior cycle history students where we will debate, discuss and reflect on the legacy of 1916 Easter rising with historians Liz Gillis and Donal Fallon and museum curators. Conference will finish with tours of the new Proclaiming A Republic: The 1916 Rising exhibition. Booking required. Please contact +353 (0) 1 648 6453 or

Public Tour: Eileen Gray

Sun 29th Jan. 3-3.45pm Tour, Adults & Children 7+ 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 15 minutes before tour starts.


National Museum of Natural History, Merrion St., Dublin 2

January 2017 Events

Winter Activity Sheet- Do Not Disturb!

Sun 1 st Jan. – Tue 31st Jan. During Opening Hours Drop-in Activity, Families Drop in over the holidays and try our Winter Activity Trail. Copies of this activity sheet trail are available at the stand in the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil!

Irish Invertebrates

Wed 4th Jan. 2:15pm & 3:30pm Tour, Ages 8+ Jellyfish, butterflies and lobsters are just some examples of Irish invertebrates. Join this tour to find out what they share in common and what other wonderful invertebrates live in Ireland. No booking required but places are limited. Wheelchair accessible.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!

Sat 7th Jan. 2:15pm & 3:30pm Tour, Ages 8+ Imagine trying to stuff an animal you have never seen before? Join this tour to learn more about taxidermy and to see up close the good, the bad and the ugly! No booking required but places are limited. Not wheelchair accessible.

Museum of Country LIfe Mayo

National Museum of Country Life, Turlough, Co Mayo

January 2017 Events

The Hoard & The Sword: Echoes of the Vikings

Sun 1 st Jan. – Tue 31st Jan. During Opening Hours Temporary Exhibition, All Ages This exhibition explores the discovery of a hoard of silver bracelets from Cushalogurt, Kilmeena, and a Viking sword found in the River Moy at Coolcronaun. This is the largest hoard of silver armrings found in Ireland and the sword is a fine example of late 10th century craftsmanship. These objects give evidence of Mayo’s Viking Heritage. Exhibition continues until June 2017.

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Winter Woolies

Fri 20th Jan. 11am – 1pm Drop-in Activity, Adults & Children 7+ Whether you are an enthusiast or a beginner, come along and join the group to share skills & patterns as well as a bit of craic! Beginners welcome. No booking required. Connacht Textile Crafters Sat 28th Jan. 11.30am & 3.30pm Drop-in Activity, All Ages Meet the talented Connacht Textile Crafters who work in a range of textile crafts, both traditional and contemporary. A special craft theme will be displayed on the day at this ‘show and tell’ event. No booking required.

Biddy’s Straw Hat

Sun 29th Jan. 2:30pm – 4:30pm Drop-in Activity, Adults & Children 7+ St. Brigits day is coming, get ready for the biddy boys! Pat Broderick, straw craftsman will show you how a biddy boy’s straw hat is made and the variety of St. Brigit Crosses made long ago. No booking required.


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