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National Museums of Ireland Fun Family Events 2017

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 the National Museums for kids and families. 

June 2017 Events at National Museum of Ireland Museums

National Museum of Archaeology, Kildare St., Dublin

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Tour: Viking Challenge Trail Saturday 3rd June 11am – 11.45am

Can you complete the Viking Challenge and uncover the mysteries of Viking Dublin? Discover how the Vikings lived in Ireland, the type of writing they used and the objects they were buried with by taking part in this guided activity sheet trail. No booking required. Places allocated on a first come basis. Meet at Reception. Not wheelchair accessible. Tour. Families with Children 7+. Free Admission.

Drop-In Activity: Brilliant Brooches Saturday 10th June 2pm – 4pm

There are some beautiful brooches to be seen at the National Museum of Ireland, 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. Learn about the people who wore these brilliant brooches and have a go at making your own to take home! Located in the Learning Resource Room, First Floor. No booking required. Not wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Families with children 6+. Free Admission.

Music in the Museum Wednesday 21st June 10:30am

Pop into the Museum this morning for an impromptu special performance in the Museum
Reception by a 35 strong choir from the Benet Academy Choir, Lisle, Illinois, U.S.A
No Booking Required. Located in the Reception. Wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity.
All Ages

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF IRELAND DECORATIVE ARTS & HISTORY, COLLINS BARRACKS, DUBLIN

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Sodeisha Family workshop Sunday 4th June 2pm – 4:30pm

Join ceramic artist Katharine West for a tour of new exhibition Shadows of Sodeisha:
Japanese and Irish art in Clay then learn to experiment through clay and process to exploit this unique tactile, malleable material. Art Materials provided.
Booking required. Family Event. Families with Children 7+

Hands on History Sunday 11th June 3pm-4pm

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. Drop-in Activity. All Ages.

Public Tour: Decade of Conflict Sunday 25th June 3pm – 3:45pm

Join a public tour on exploring the turbulent decade from 1913-1923 examining the ordinary Irishmen and women involved in World War I, the 1916 Rising, War of Independence and Civil War. No booking required, places allocated on a first come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Tour. Adults and Children 12+. Free Admission

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

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Dublin Garden Squares Day: Zoo in my Garden with Catherine McGuinness Saturday 10th June 2017 2:15pm & 3.30pm

Pop into the Museum this Dublin Garden Squares Day and learn all about critters at the end of your garden! No booking required but places are limited. Wheelchair accessible. Tour. Families. Free Admission.

The Dead Zoo Tour Saturday 24th June 2017 2:15pm &3:30pm

Where can you find an eel that swallowed a frog, a smelly pilot whale skull and giant fossil
skeletons found in Irish bogs? Join a tour at the Dead Zoo to discover more about the history of the collections and the animals on display. No booking required but places are limited. Not wheelchair accessible. Free Admission. Tour. Ages 8+.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF COUNTRY LIFE, TURLOUGH, CO MAYO

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Knitting & Crochet Circle: Summertime Woollies 2nd & 16th 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. Adults & Children 7+

From Clay And Wattles Made: Make a Mini-shelter! Sunday 18th June 2017 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Visit ‘Shelter’, a living willow structure in the grounds of ther museum and see how natural materials can be used to build. Join artist Veronika Straberger and have a go at making your own miniature shelter using clay, willow and natural materials. The ‘Shelter’ project is part of On Sight 2017 a collaboration between the museum and Mayo Arts Squad. Booking required. – Children 4 year + accompanied by an adult

Mayo’s Hidden Histories Saturday 10th June 11am – 4pm

Join staff and graduates of GMIT for a day of talks that highlight the hidden histories of Mayo. Chaired by Dr Deirdre Garvey, speakers and topics include: Lynda Huxley and Olive Greaney: The Garveys of Cornfield • Dr Seán Lysaght: Eagles in Mayo: their history and heritage • Fiona White: Moore Hall and the Land War • Dr Yvonne McDermott: The Third Order Franciscans in Mayo in the late medieval period • Olivia Martin: Love and the Marriage Settlement • Barbara Barclay: Mayo Workhouses in the 19th Century. Booking required. Adults & Children 14+

March 2017 Events

Thóg trál! – Take a Trail!

01/03/2017 – 17/03/2017 Le linn uaireanta poiblí – During opening hours Chun Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017 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 2017, 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. These worksheets will be available in the reception area and the activity cart in the Museum. Ages 7-12

The Bog Bodies

18/03/2017 11-11:45am Find out more about life in Iron Age Ireland and our Bog Bodies in this exciting tour of the Kingship and Sacrifice Exhibition. No booking required. Meet at the Reception. Places allocated on a first come basis. Wheelchair accessible. Free admission.  Audience: Ages 8+

Treasures of the National Museum

19/03/2017 2:30-3:30pm 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. Event Type: Tour Topic: Archaeology Audience: Ages 8+

Easter Events 2017

Ancient Egyptian Animal Adventure

Wed 12th & 19th Apr. 11:30am – 1:30pm Drop-in Activity, Families Join the Ancient Egyptian Animal Adventure and explore two Museums in one day! Begin and collect the trail at the Museum of Natural History on Merrion Street, and come face to face with the animals of Africa. Complete the trail at the Museum of Archaeology on Kildare Street, where you will discover ancient Egyptian animal gods! No booking required, located in the Learning Resource Room, 1st Floor. Not wheelchair accessible. Free admission.

Tour: Ireland’s Saints and their Relics

Thu 13th Apr. 3pm – 3:45pm Tour, Ages 14+ Join Museum Educator, Trisha Ryan, on a specialised tour exploring the relics of the Patron Saints of Ireland. Come and see St. Patrick’s Bell Shrine, St. Brigid’s Shoe Shrine and the Crozier of St. Columba, among many other treasures and learn about the Cult of the Relics in Ireland. 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

March 2017 Events

Hands on History

19/03/2017 3-4pm 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. All Ages

Mother’s Day Family Workshop: Make your mum’s day sparkle!

26/03/2017 2-3.30pm Join Kristy Moynan in a workshop to find out historical meanings behind some of the jewellery on display and a chance to create your own jewellery, maybe the perfect present for your mum? Booking required. Donation €2 to cover cost materials. For Families

Public Tour: Decade of Conflict

26/03/2017 3-3.45pm Join a public tour on exploring the turbulent decade from 1913-1923 examining the ordinary Irishmen and women involved in World War I, the 1916 Rising, War of Independence and Civil War. No booking required, places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Adults & Children 12+

Easter Events 2017

Barracks Egg Hunt

Thu 13th Apr. 2.30pm – 4pm Drop-in Activity, Families Can you find all the eggs hidden in the Museum’s exhibitions? Follow the trail and test your knowledge to find the Museum’s golden egg. Complete the trail to receive an egg-cellent edible reward! Trail available from 2.30pm-4pm. No booking required.

Public Tour: Proclaiming a Republic

Tue 18th Apr. 2.30pm & 3.30pm Tour, Adults & Children 7+ Commemorate Easter 1916 with 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. Tours at 2.30pm and 3.30pm. No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, MERRION ST., DUBLIN 2

March 2017 Events

Spring Activity Trail

Drop-in Activity – 01/03/2017 – 31/03/2017 During opening hours.  Families Spring has sprung so why not drop in to the museum and try our Spring Activity Trail. Copies of this activity sheet trail are available at the stand in the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil!

St Patrick’s Festival Treasure Hunt

18/03/2017 During opening hours Unlock the city as you navigate the exciting trail, visit Dublin’s beautiful, historical locations and solve clues in this urban, participatory event. For more information please contact: info@stpatricksfestival.ie or visit www.stpatricksfestival.ie. Wheelchair accessible. Families

Easter 2017 Events

Ancient Egyptian Animal Adventure

Wed 12th & 19th Apr. 11am – 1pm Drop-in Activity, Families Join the Ancient Egyptian Animal Adventure and explore two Museums in one day! Begin and collect the trail at the Museum of Natural History on Merrion Street, and come face to face with the animals of Africa. Complete the trail at the Museum of Archaeology on Kildare Street, where you will discover ancient Egyptian animal gods! No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Not wheelchair accessible.

The Dead Zoo Tour

Sat 15th Apr. 2:15pm & 3:30pm Tour, Ages 8+ Where can you find an eel that swallowed a frog, a smelly pilot whale skull and giant fossil skeletons found in Irish bogs? Join a tour at the Dead Zoo to discover more about the history of the collections and the animals on display. No booking required but places are limited. Not wheelchair accessible.

National Museum of Country Life, Turlough, Co Mayo

March 2017 Events

The Hoard & The Sword: Echoes of the Vikings

1st – 31st March. 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: Springtime Woolies

24/3/17 – 11am – 1pm Drop-in Activity – Adults & Children 7+ Join the Museum knitters to make your own springtime knits and crochet. Start a new proeject or get help finishing an old one. Exchange new ideas and tips. Learn a new skill for life. Beginners welcome. No booking required

Stories of Saints and Snakes

18/03/2017 2pm – 3pm Celebrate St Patricks Festival with award winning storyteller Rab C Fulton. Hear about the folklore and myths of Irelands much loved saint in this captivating and uplifting storytelling session. Booking required. Adults & Children 7+

Tales of St. Patrick

18/03/2017 11:30am – 12:30pm Have a fun and magical time with renowned storyteller Rab C Fulton who will tell you the magical stories of St. Patrick. Booking required. Adults and children 4-7

Connacht Textile Crafters

25/03/2017 11:30am & 3:30pm 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.  All Ages

Mothers’ Day Crafty Notebook Workshop

26/03/2017 2:30pm – 4pm Give something back to your mum by making her a special notebook or bring her along to take part in this workshop with Eilis Murphy of ‘Folded Leaf’. Booking required. Adults & Children 7+

Easter 2017 Events

The Hoard & the Sword: Echoes of the Vikings

Sat 1st Apr. – Sun 30th Apr. 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 provide evidence of Mayo’s Viking Heritage. Exhibition continues until October 2017.

Egg in the Sky

Tue 18th Apr. 11am – 12noon Workshop, 2 – 4 year olds accompanied by an adult. Can you build a great big tower that’s stable enough to hold an egg? A hands-on STEM challenge brought to you by Toodlelou. Booking required

Amazing Flying Eggs

Tue 18th Apr. 1pm – 2pm Workshop, 5 – 8 year olds accompanied by an adult. Think you can build a vessel to launch an egg in flight without cracking? A hands-on STEM challenge brought to you by Toodlelou. Booking required.

 

 

 

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