National Museums of Ireland Fun Family Events 2017

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Places to take your child this summer 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 the National Museums for kids and families. 

December 2017 Events at The National Museums of Ireland

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National Museum of Archaeology, Kildare St., Dublin

Winter Trail Activity Sheet
01/12/2017 – 31/12/2017 During Opening Hours
As winter draws near, challenge yourself to complete our 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, these worksheets will be available in the Reception area and the activity cart in the Museum. Partially wheelchair accessible.
Drop-In Activity. Families. Free Admission.

 

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Christmas Open Day: Go on a Medieval Pilgrimage with Claíomh

03/12/2017 2.00pm – 4.30pm
Get into the festive spirit by going on a special Christmas Medieval Pilgrimage with national-museum-christmas medievalClaíomh. Come to the Museum and travel through the Viking Ireland and Medieval Ireland Exhibitions to meet Vikings, craftsmen, warriors and pilgrims and learn all about clothing, crafts, gifts and religion from Viking and Medieval Ireland. No Booking Required. Partially wheelchair accessible.

Open Day. Families. Free Admission.

 

 

Oh Christmas Tree!
17/12/2017 2.30pm – 4.00pm
Get into the festive spirit by going on a special Christmas Medieval Pilgrimagenational-museum-oh-christmas-tree with Claíomh. Come to the Museum and travel through the Viking Ireland and Medieval Ireland Exhibitions to meet Vikings, craftsmen, warriors and pilgrims and learn all about clothing, crafts, gifts and religion from Viking and Medieval Ireland. No Booking Required. Partially wheelchair accessible.
Drop-In-Activity. Families. Free Admission.

 

 

 

Winter Solstice Tour
21/12/2017 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Celebrate the Winter Solstice and join Archaeologist Siobhán Rheinisch for a tour of the Prehistoric Ireland Exhibition to find out about how ancient people marked the shortest day of the year in the Northern Herimshpere. View grave goods from the Neolithic passage tomb at Newgrange and Knowth Co. Meath and discover the skills used to create some or our most famous monuments and artefacts. Booking Required, contact educationarch@musem.ie or call 01 6486332. Meet at the Reception. Wheelchair Accessible.
Tour. Ages 8+. Free Admission.

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Treasures of the National Museum
29/12/2017 1.00pm – 1.45pm
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.
Tour. Ages 7+. Free Admission.

 

Precious Gifts and Where to find them
30/12/2017 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Archaeologists often find precious objects under the ground but 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. Free Event.
Drop-In-Activity. Families with children 7+. Free Admission.

 

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National Museum of Natural History, Merrion St., Dublin


Do Not Disturb Activity Sheet
01/12/2017 – 31/12/2017 During Opening Hours
It’s getting chilly outside! Drop into the Museum 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!
Drop-In-Activity. Families. Free Admission.

 

 

Space Rocks: Fireballs and Crystals
30/12/2017 11.00am – 1.00am
Have you ever seen inside a space rock or meteorite? Drop into Space Rocks: Fireballs and Crystals at the Discovery Zone and get to touch a real meteorite, feel how heavy it is and see up close its crystal structure. No booking required. Wheelchair accessible.
Drop-In-Activity. Ages 8+. Free Admission.

 

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Knitting & Crochet Circle: Winter Woolly Warmers
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01/12/2017 11.00am – 1.00pm
Update your style for the winter months. Join the group this winter and work on your knitting and crochet skills. Get top tips for a festive project! Beginners welcome. No booking required.
Drop-In-Activity. Adults & Children 7+. Free Admission.

Christmas Carol Singing
15/12/2017 1.00pm – 2.30pmnational-museum-christmas-carol
Get in the Christmas spirit, put on that Santa hat and join the Foxford National School Band for our annual Christmas carol sing-along with all the favourites, Frosty the Snowman, Silent Night and many more. No booking required.
Performance. All Ages. Free Admission.

 

On Sight 2017: Teach Sailleach – Willow House
01/12/2017 – 31/12/2017 During Opening Hours
Discover the beautiful woven shelter and the willow trail created by the Mayo Arts Squad on the grounds of Turlough Park. This work is inspired by the traditional craft of basket-making and the Museum’s collection. ‘On Sight’ is a community arts project lead by Mayo County Council Arts Office and the National Museum.
Temporary Exhibition. All Ages. Free Admission.

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Winter Woolly Warmers
15/12/2017 11.00am – 1.00pm
Update your style for the winter months. Join the group this winter and work on your knitting and crochet skills. Get top tips for a festive project! Beginners welcome. No booking required.
Drop-In-Activity. Adults & Children 7+. Free Admission.

 

Festive Family Fun
16/12/2017 – 17/12/2017 During Opening Hours
Come along to the Museum and celebrate Christmas with crafts, music and festive fun. 2pm – 4pm Christmas Crafts: Make decorations with artist Breda Burns. Music in the galleries on each day. Learn about Christmas of yesteryear using the activity trail worksheet. Free activity pack for younger visitors (while stock lasts). First come first served. No booking required. Visit www.museum.ie for more information.
Drop-In-Activity. All Ages. Free Admission.

 

 

November 2017

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Something Wicked this Way Comes
01/11/2017 11.30am – 3.00pm
This All Saints’ Day, drop into the museum to learn about the objects used in Medieval Ireland to guard against misfortune, disease and even evil spirits. Make your own Medieval amulet to take home. No booking required. Located in the Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not Wheelchair accessible.
Drop-In Activity. Families Ages 7+. Free Admission.

 

Winter Trail Activity Sheet
01/11/2017 – 30/11/2017 During Opening Hours
As winter draws near, challenge yourself to complete our 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, these worksheets will be available in the Reception area and the activity cart in the Museum. Partially wheelchair accessible.
Drop-In Activity. Families. Free Admission.

Science Week: The Bone Vault-The Poetry and Palaeontology of Heaney’s Bog Bodies

15/11/2017 6.00pm – 7.45pm
What different understanding do we gain when a poet describes a fossil or an archaeological site, rather than a palaeontologist or archaeologist? Through the lens of Heaney’s poetry on bog bodies, the palaeontologist Prof. Michael Stephenson of the British Geological Survey, in conversation with the poet Prof. Iggy McGovern, will compare the methods of the poet and the palaeontologist, outlining the case for combining poetry and science to deliver greater understanding of the natural world. Featuring bog bodies from the National Museum of Ireland, the event offers unique insight into stories of science, poetry and human history. This event is a collaboration between the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences, the National Museum of Ireland and Poetry Ireland. Located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor, National Museum of Archaeology Kildare Street. Booking essential. Tickets €5.00. To book please visit http://www.museum.ie/Visit- Us/Events. Wheelchair accessible.
Lecture. Ages 14+. Free Admission.

Science Week: Them bones, them bones need archaeologists! Ancient Animal Bones with Dr Ruth Carden

19/11/2017 2.30pm – 4.30pmnational-museumJoin Animal Osteologist, Dr Ruth Carden, for our special Science Week workshop. Drop into the Kildare Room to see some animal bones from Viking Dublin and find out about animal bones and teeth along with the scientific techniques and experiments that archaeologists use to tell us about animals in the past and how people interacted with them. Then, have a go at being an animal osteologist and see if you can figure out what happened to our animal bones. No Booking Required. Located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair Accessible. Free Event.
Drop-In Activity. Families with children 8+. Free Admission.

National Museum of Natural History, Merrion St., Dublin

Natural History Celebrates 160 – Museum Open Day

04/11/2017 10.00am – 4.00pm
The Dead Zoo is 160 years old! Join us for this special open day as we celebrate the 160th anniversary of the Museum of Natural History opening to the public. Drop-in and meet a range of scientists from the Museum and from organisations that add and research the Museum’s collections and contribute to science in Ireland. Discover more about how some specimens came to be given to the Museum and how the collections are used today. On the day meet and greet scientists such as zoologists, geologists, and palaeontologists that work with our collections, as well as artists and even a taxidermist! Organisations that will be at the museum on the day include the National Biodiversity Data Centre, Geological Survey of Ireland, Birdwatch Ireland, Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Herpetological Society of Ireland and TCD Museum of Zoology. No booking required. Partially wheelchair accessible.
Open Day. Ages 9+. Free Admission.

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Science Week Inspectorium: What on Earth?

18/11/2017 11.00am – 1.00pm
Life on earth began over 3.5 billion years ago! Over eons life has evolved but how do we know this? Drop into the Discovery Zone this Science Week to find out more, inspect real fossils and even draw your very own Earth timeline! No booking required. Wheelchair accessible.
Drop-In Activity. Ages 8+. Free Admission

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natural-history-museumChristmas on the Square

25/11/2017 11.00am – 1.00pm
Pop in for a pencil and complete our Winter Activity Trail – ‘Do Not Disturb’ to celebrate Christmas on Merrion Square at the Dead Zoo. No booking required. Wheelchair accessible.
Drop-In Activity. Families. Free Admission

 

 

Turlough Park (Country Life)

spooky-puppets-national-museumSpooky Shadow Puppets

02/11/2017 11.30am – 1.00pm
Learn about how families celebrated Hallowe’en long ago, then join artist Carmel Balfe to make shadow puppets to tell your own spooky Hallowe’en tale. Booking required.
Junior Activity. Families with children 4 – 7 yrs. Free Admission.

 

Make an Advent Calendar

04/11/2017 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Artist Éilís Murphy will show you how to make a special Advent calendar to count down the days to Christmas. Each family will decorate their calendar and fill it with riddles, jokes and acts of kindness. Booking required.
Family Event. Adults & Children 5+. Free Admission.

 

Open House Lecture: Symbolising the Nation – The Architectural Competitions to Design the National Museum & National Library
13/10/2017 1.00pm-1.45pm
A lecture by architectural historian Dr Niamh Marnham about the battles over the choice of site, the use of indigenous architects, materials and labour in the creation of the buildings that today house the National Museum and the National Library. Niamh’s talk will examine the clashes in Parliament, newspapers and trade journals over the collections that were to be housed, the choice of site, funding, the use of indigenous architects, materials and labour that were about both symbolising the nation and keeping architects employed. Dr Niamh Marnham is an architectural historian and Senior Historic Buildings Adviser at Donald Insall Associates, London, and has worked on some of the most sensitive and significant buildings and places in Ireland and Britain. These include Leinster House, Marino Casino, Russborough House, St. Pancras Chambers, the Old Vic Theatre and Downing College, Cambridge. Booking required, please email educationarch@museum.ie or call 01 6486 332. Located in Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible.
Lecture. Ages 14+. Free Admission.

openhouse vikings MuseumOpen House Junior: At Home with the Vikings!
14/10/2017 11.30am-1.30pm
To celebrate Open House 2017 come to the museum and find out about the homes of Viking Dublin. Create your own Viking house and help build up the Viking town of Dublin! No booking required. Located in Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible.
Drop-in-Activity. Families Ages 7+. Free Admission.

Treasures of the National Museum
21/10/2017 3.00pm-3.45pm
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.
Tour. Ages 7+. Free Admission.

Sacred Spells: Mummy Riddlesmummy riddles Museum
28/10/2017 2.00pm-4.00pm
Learn how the Ancient Egyptians prepared and protected themselves for the afterlife. Decode some curses and make your own sarcophagus to bring home! No booking required. Located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible.
Drop-in-Activity. Families Ages 7+. Free Admission.

Valhalla’ween: Viking Raven Masks
31/10/2017 11.30am-1.30pm
In Norse mythology, Huginn and Muninn are a pair of ravens that fly all over the world and bring back information for the Viking god Odin. Join us to discover more about the beliefs of the Vikings and their celebrations at this time of year and make your own spooky raven mask to take home. Halloween costumes welcome! No booking required. Located in the Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not Wheelchair Accessible.
Drop-in-Activity. Families Ages 8+. Free Admission.

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

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thomas ashe MuseumDublin Festival of History: Funeral of Thomas Ashe
01/10/2017 3.00pm-4.00pm
Join Dr. John Gibney for a talk on the life of Thomas Ashe and the significance of his funeral, 100 years later. No Booking Required.
Talk. Adults & Children 12+. Free Admission.

Open House Junior: Set Your Stage
15/10/2017 2.30pm-4.00pm
Create your own mini stage set! Join artist Deirdre Rogers for a family workshop using art materials from ReCreate. Design your own little theatre or costume inspired by the exhibitions and architecture of Collins Barracks. Booking Required.
Workshop. Families with children 6-12. Free Admission.

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Hands on History
22/10/2017 3.00pm-4.00pm
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. Free Admission.

Hands on History at the Museum

Public Tour: Proclaiming a Republic
29/10/2017 3.00pm-3.45pm
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. Tours at 2.30pm and 3.30pm. No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts.
Tour. Adults & Children 7+. Free Admission.

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Spooky Stories!
31/10/2017 2.30pm-3.30pm
Join storyteller Philip Byrne for some spooky Halloween stories to get you ready for some trick or treating. Dressing-up encouraged! No booking required.
Family Event. Families. Free Admission.

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

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Busy Bees Activity Sheet
01/10/2017- 31/10/2017 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 at the stand in the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil!
Drop-in Activity. Families. Free Admission.

Shadow Puppet Workshops                                                                              Wednesday November 1st, 2:30-4pm. Booking required. Make your own puppets & perform your own shadow puppet show with artist Phil Stewart, taking inspiration from the creatures hiding in the Museum.

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The Hoard & the Sword: Echoes of the Vikings
01/10/2017- 31/10/2017 During Opening Hours
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.
Temporary Exhibition. All Ages. Free Admission.

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On Sight 2017: Teach Saileach – Willow House
01/10/2017- 31/10/2017 During Opening Hours
Discover the beautiful woven shelter and the willow trail created by the Mayo Arts Squad on the grounds of Turlough Park. This work is inspired by the traditional craft of basket-making and the Museum’s collection. On Sight is a community arts project lead by Mayo County Council Arts Office and the National Museum.
Temporary Exhibition. All Ages. Free Admission.

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Meet the Crafters
04/10/2017 2.00pm-3.00pm
Join Michael and Tiffany Budd, local Blacksmith and Goldsmith as they demonstrate the techniques used to create a Viking axe and silver jewellery. Visit the Hoard and the Sword exhibition to view Viking era objects found in Mayo. Drop in Event. No booking required.
Demonstration. Adults & Children 5+. Free Admission.

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Fall Back to Winter

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06/10/2017 11.00am-1.00pm
Wrap up! Get tips on how to keep toasty in the Winter months by knitting your own hats, scarves and jumpers with the Museum’s Knitting and Crochet Circle. Beginners welcome. No booking required.
Drop-in-Activity. Adults & Children 7+. Free Admission.

 

halloween masks at The Museum of Country LIfeHallowe’en Masks
28/10/2017 11.30am-12.30pm
View the scary masks on display in the Museum then join Veronika Straberger to make your own spooky mask for Hallowe’en and learn some theatrical tips and tricks. Booking required.
Workshop. Families with children 4-10 yrs. Free Admission.

The Wonders of the Irish Wake
31/10/2017 3.00pm-4.00pm
From the fall of Troy to modern day how the wonders of the Irish wake teach us to live, love and die. A talk by BAFTA-winning writer and Achill islander Kevin Toolis, author of the best-selling My Father’s Wake. Booking required.
Talk. Adults and young people 12+. Free Admission.

July, August & September 2017 Events at National Museum of Ireland Museums

National Museum of Archaeology, Kildare St., Dublin

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Bone Stories! 12/07/2017 2pm- 4pm
Archaeologists can discover a lot about how people lived in the past by studying bones. Take part in this special workshop which will look at how bones are preserved in different environments and figure out which bones belong to a Bronze Age burial, a bog body and a Viking skeleton. Free event. No booking required. Located in Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Ages 10+. Free Admission.

Treasures of the National Museum 16th & 23rd July 3pm-3.45pm
Take a tour of the iconic treasures in the National Museum, including the ‘Tara’ Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice. Free event. No booking required. Places allocated on a first come basis. Meet at Reception. Wheelchair accessible. Tour. Ages 7+.Free Admission.

Paper Puzzles  19/07/2017 2pm-4pm
Help us to restore some archaeological objects like the Ardagh Chalice and the Loughnashade Trumpet by piecing the paper ‘fragments’ together! Free event. No booking required. Located in the Kildare Room. Wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Ages 6+. Free Admission.

Medieval Breads and Baking  19/07/2017 1pm-2pm
Join archaeologist Maeve L’Estrange as she gives us an insight into the fascinating process of bread making in the Middle Ages. Take a closer look at the grains and finished product and discover the tricks and tools of medieval bakers. Free event. Booking required, please email educationarch@museum.ie or call 01 6486 334. Located in the Kildare Room. Wheelchair accessible .Talk. Ages 14+. Free Admission.

Back to the Bronze Age! 22/07/2017 11.30am-1.30pm
What was life like in Ireland during the Bronze Age? Drop into our learning space to handle replica artefacts and find out how people in Ireland in Prehistoric times used metal for their weapons and tools. Then create your very own lunula to take home! Free event. No booking required. Located in the Kildare Room. Wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Ages 8+. Free Admission.

Thor’s Hammer 26/07/2017 2pm-4pm
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. Free event. No booking required. Located in Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Ages 8+. Free Admission.

Make your own Viking House 29/07/2017 11.30am-1.30pm
As part of the Festival of Archaeology why not drop in to the museum to discover how the Vikings built their homes, then create your own Viking house and help build up the Viking town of Dublin! Free event. No booking required. Located in the Kildare Room. Wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Ages 8+. Free Admission.

Fishy Business! 02/08/17 2pm – 4pm & 19/08/17 11.30am – 1.30pm
Drop-in to the museum to learn about how people in Stone Age Ireland caught their dinner and make your own paper fish to take home! Free event. No booking required. Located in the Kildare Room. Wheelchair accessible. Ages 8+

Back to the Bronze Age! 05/08/17 11.30am – 1.30pm
What was life like in Ireland during the Bronze Age? Drop into our learning space to handle replica artefacts and find out how people in Ireland in Prehistoric times used metal for their weapons and tools. Then create your very own lunula to take home. Free event. No booking required. Located in Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not wheelchair accessible. Ages 8+

Treasures of the Bog Trail 09/08/17 2pm – 4pm
Bogs are fascinating places for archaeologists. Take our Treasures of the Bog trail to learn more about the artefacts found in bogs and see if you can uncover some of the mysteries of Ireland’s wetlands! Free event. No booking required. Located in the Kildare Room. Wheelchair accessible. Ages 8+

Kingly Attire 12/08/17 11.30am – 1.30pm & 16/08/17 2pm – 4pm
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, then make your own leather armlet to take home! Free event. No booking required. Located in the Kildare Room. Wheelchair accessible. Ages 8+

Bone Stories! 23/08/2017 2pm- 4pm
Archaeologists can discover a lot about how people lived in the past by studying bones. Take part in this special workshop which will look at how bones are preserved in different environments and figure out which bones belong to a Bronze Age burial, a bog body and a Viking skeleton. Free event. No booking required. Located in Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Ages 10+. Free Admission.

Heritage Week: The Viking Garden 24/08/17 1pm – 2pm
Experience the sights, sounds, scent and feel of Viking Dublin through the medium of plants! This presentation and handling session, with National Botanic Gardens guide Charlotte Salter-Townshend, will transport you back to a 10th Century settlement. Showcasing dye plants, textiles, crops, and building materials, Charlotte will describe the importance of plants at the Wood Quay site and how archaeologists and botanists worked together to develop the Viking House at the Botanic Gardens. Free event. Booking required, please email educationarch@museum.ie or call 01 6486 334. Located in the Kildare Room. Wheelchair accessible. Ages 14+

Heritage Week: Treasures of the National Museum 25/08/17 1pm – 1.45pm
Take a tour of the iconic treasures in the National Museum, including the ‘Tara’ Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice. Free event. No booking required. Places allocated on a first come basis. Wheelchair accessible. Meet at Reception. Ages 7+

Treasures of the Bog Trail 26/08/17 – 11.30am – 1.30pm
Bogs are fascinating places for archaeologists. Take our Treasures of the Bog trail to learn more about the artefacts found in bogs and see if you can uncover some of the mysteries of Ireland’s wetlands! Free event. No booking required. Located in the Kildare Room. Wheelchair accessible. Ages 8+

All-Ireland Tour! 16/09/17 – 11am – 11.45am
It’s All-Ireland final month so why not call into the museum for a special tour of artefacts from the counties in the hurling and football finals? Extra points if you wear your jersey! Free event. No Booking Required. Places allocated on a first come basis. Meet at Reception Ages 7+

Sign Language Awareness Week Tour 20/09/17 – 1pm – 2pm
As part of Sign Language Awareness Week you are invited to the museum to attend an interpreted tour of the Treasures of the National Museum including the ‘Tara’ Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice. No booking required. Places allocated on a first come basis. Wheelchair accessible. Ages 14+

Culture Night: Viking and Medieval Museum Adventure with Claíomh! 22/09/17 – 6pm – 8.30pm
Come to the National Museum of Ireland, Archaeology to complete our specially designed Culture Night museum adventure trail with Claíomh! Explore the museum and find your answers in the Viking Ireland and Medieval Ireland Exhibitions. Along the way encounter Viking warriors and merchants, Medieval knights and soldiers and take a look at Claíomh’s museum quality replicas to learn more about weapons, armour, trade and craft from Viking and Medieval Ireland. Free event. No booking required. Partially wheelchair accessible. All Ages

Excellent Equinox: Marvellous Mace Head 24/09/17 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Drop-in to the museum to take a closer look at the mysterious flint mace head found in the ancient Stone Age passage tomb of Knowth Co. Meath and make your own mace head souvenir to take home! Free event. No booking required. Located in the Kildare Room.Wheelchair accessible. Ages 8+

 

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

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Public Tour: Proclaiming A Republic 09/07/2017 3pm – 3.45pm
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. Tours at 2.30pm and 3.30pm. No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Tour. Adults and Children 7+. Free Admission.

Family Portrait Workshop 16/07/2017 2.30pm-3.30pm
Join for a special family art workshop inspired by the exhibition Portrait of a Century. Create your own interpretation of a portrait with artist Deirdre Rogers and an array of unusual and tactile materials from ReCreate. All art materials provided. Booking Required. Family Event. Families with children 6-12. Free Admission

Hands on History 23/07/2017 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. Free Admission.

Public Tour: Eileen Gray  30/07/2017 3pm-3.45pm
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. Tour. Adults and Children 7+. Free Admission.

The Museum’s Big Birthday Bash 1st – 30th August – During Opening Hours
This summer at Collins Barracks we’re celebrating our birthday- the Museum has been at Collins Barracks for 20 years this September! The National Museum of Ireland requests the pleasure of your company at our big birthday bash. you’re invited to drop in and design and make a birthday card to put on display in our Family Activity Area. Have you got a favourite object or gallery that you’d like to draw or write about? Get thinking about what you’d like to draw or write on your card, and we’ll provide all the art materials! Drop-in activity with art materials provided. Families

Public Tour: Decade of Conflict 06/08/17 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 firstcome basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Ages 12+

Hands on History 13/08/2017 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. Free Admission.

Family Flower Trail 19th – 27th August During Opening Hours
Follow a flower trail to discover some Museum objects in bloom. Create your own paper flower to add to the Museum’s bouquet. Pick up a trail at reception during Heritage Week. No booking required. Families

Barracks Nature Ramble 20/08/17 12pm – 1pm
Discover the urban wildlife surrounding Collins Barracks. Meet at Riding School steps. Dress appropriately for weather and uneven surfaces. No booking required, places allocated on a first come basis. Ages 7+

Tour Conservation Studios 24/08/17 2.30pm – 4pm
Get behind the scenes at the Museum and take a tour of the conservation studios. A great opportunity to see the work behind the scenes at the Museum, and meet Museum conservators. Booking required. Bookings open 1st July 2017. Ages 12+

Fantastic Silver Beasts (and where to find them) 25/08/17 2pm – 3pm
Discover the mythical animals hiding in our Irish Silver galleries! Go on an adventure to find some of the strange animals and create your own mythical creature. Art materials provided. Booking Required. Ages 6+

Public Tour: Eileen Gray  27/08/2017 2.15pm- 3pm
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. Tour. Adults and Children 7+. Free Admission.

Celebrate National Museum at Collins Barracks 1st – 30th September During Opening Hours
The National Museum of Ireland- Decorative Arts & History opened in September 1997-look out for events to be announced marking our 20th Anniversary on www.museum.ie and do drop in to the Family Activity Area and make us a Birthday Card! Have you got a favourite object or gallery that you’d like to draw or write about? Get thinking about what you’d like to draw or write on your card, and we’ll provide all the art materials! Drop-in activity with art materials provided.

Hands on History 3/09/2017 3pm-3.45pm
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. Free Admission.

Family Portrait Workshop 17/09/17 3pm – 4.30pm
Join for a special family art workshop inspired by the exhibition Portrait of a Century. Create your own portrait with artist Joe Caslin. Art materials provided.Booking Required. Ages 7+

Culture Night 2017 22/09/17 5pm – 9pm
Join us for a special late opening for Culture Night 2017. Guided tours will be available throughout the evening of Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising, Eileen Gray and Recovered voices; the Stories of the Irish at War, 1914-15. A number of tours will also be accompanied by a Sign Language Interpreter for Sign Language Awareness Week. No booking required tours filled on first come first served basis.

Public Tour: Irish at World War I 24/09/17 2.15pm – 3pm
Join a public tour of Recovered Voices and Soldiers & Chiefs exploring the experience of Irish men and women during World War I. No booking required, places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Ages 12+

Dublin Festival of History 29/09/17 – 14/10/17
Keep an eye on www.museum.ie for full programme of events at Collins Barracks as part of Dublin Festival of History 2017.

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

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Summer Sun Activity Sheet  01/07/2017- 31/07/2017 During Opening Hours
Summer is here! Follow the activity sheet trail to find out which animals live in the sea and which live in the sun! Copies of this activity sheet trail are available at the stand in the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil! Drop-in Activity. Families. Free Admission.

Zoo in my Garden & Summer Sun Fun!  08/07/2017 11am -1pm
Drop into the Irish Room to meet the Education Team and explore the Zoo in my Garden and Summer Sun activity sheets. Complete the trail, pick up a pencil and take a peek at a summer favourite from the handling collection. No booking required. Partially wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Families. Free Admission

Record Breakers! 08/07/2017 2:15pm & 3.30pm
What animals are the biggest, fastest and smelliest in the animal kingdom? Join this family fun tour to find out more! No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Not wheelchair accessible. Tour. Families. Free Admission.

The Squid and the Whale 12th & 13th July 11am – 1pm
Drop into the Discovery Zone this week to celebrate the arrival of the giant squid at the Dead Zoo. Our new friend will not be on display but expect fun facts, life-sized giant squid colouring and even a sneak peek at a real giant squid’s beak! No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. All Ages. Free Admission.

Curious Nights at the Dead Zoo with The Festival of Curiosity  20/07/2017 5.30pm
Join us for an evening exploration of the Natural History Museum @ The Festival of Curiosity 2017. See the collection illuminated in new ways with curious stories and surprises. Booking including a booking fee required and places are limited. For more details including booking please visit the Festival of Curiosity at www.festivalofcuriosity.ie Wheelchair accessible. Tour. Adults. Free Admission.

Summer Sun Activity Sheet Summer is here! 1st – 31st August During Opening Hours
Follow the activity sheet trail to find out which animals live in the sea and which live in the sun! Copies of this activity sheet trail are available at the stand in the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil! Families

Creatures of the Bog: Meet the Bog of Allen Nature Centre 03/08/17 11am – 1pm
Drop into the Discovery Zone this week to meet Irish Peatland Conservation Council from the Bog of Allen Nature Centre in Co. Kildare. See up-close some living native species from the bog, such as newts and water boatmen, as they visit the city for the day! No booking required. Wheelchair accessible. All Ages

Zoo in My Garden & Summer Sun Fun! 05/08/17 11am – 1pm
Drop into the Irish Room to meet the Education Team and explore the Zoo in my Garden and Summer Sun activity sheets. Complete the trail, pick up a pencil and take a peek at a summer favourite from the handling collection. No booking required. Partially wheelchair accessible. Families

Creatures of the Bog Trail 10/08/17 11am – 1pm
This month we’re bog crazy at the Museum! Complete the trail and discover the creatures of the bog on display in the Irish Room. Drop into the Discovery Zone to meet the Education Team and take a closer look at treasures from the bog! No booking required. Wheelchair accessible. All Ages

Wildlife of the Burren with Ann Bingham 17/08/17 11am – 1pm
Drop into the Discovery Zone this week to meet Burren specialist, Ann Bingham. See up close real fossils and discover the wildlife of the unique Burren landscape. No booking required. Wheelchair accessible. All Ages

Heritage Week: Dinosaur Day 19/08/17 11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm
Due to popular demand the dinosaurs are back and this time for even longer! Spend the day at the Dead Zoo and hang out with a life-sized Megalosaurus and get to hold REAL dinosaur fossils in the palm of your hand. No booking required but there may be a short waiting period. Wheelchair accessible. All Ages

Heritage Week: Creatures of the Bog Trail 24/08/17 11am – 1pm
This month we’re bog crazy at the Museum! Complete the trail and discover the creatures of the bog on display in the Irish Room. Drop into the Discovery Zone to meet the Education Team and take a closer look at treasures from the bog! No booking required. Wheelchair accessible.

Merrion Square Open Day: My Favourite Animal Competition 26/08/17 11am – 4pm
Win a chance for you and your family to get a private tour of the Dead Zoo! Drop-in on the day and draw your favourite animal to enter the competition. If you’re not in, you can’t win! No booking required. Wheelchair accessible. Ages 8 – 14 yrs

Busy Bee Activity Sheet 1st – 30th September 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 at the stand in the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil! Families

Teddy Bear Tour 09/09/17 2.15pm & 3.30pm
Learn more about animals that are usually made into cuddly toys, but who are not all friendly in real life. Don’t forget to bring your own favourite teddy bear! No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Not wheelchair accessible. Families

Culture Night 2017: World Rhino Day 22/08/17 5.30pm – 8pm
Celebrate World Rhino Day this Culture Night at the Museum. Meet zookeepers, Brendan Walsh and Ken Mackey from Dublin Zoo and our very own Museum Conservator, Nieves Fernandez, to discover how she created the perfect replica horn for our black rhino. For more information keep an eye on www.museum.ie and @NMIreland No booking required. Partially wheelchair accessible. Ages 10+

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF COUNTRY LIFE, TURLOUGH, CO MAYO

Museum of Country LIfe Mayo

The Hoard & the Sword: Echoes of the Vikings 01/07/2017- 31/07/2017 During Opening Hours
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. Temporary Exhibition. All Ages. Free Admission.

The Hoard & the Sword: Viking Invasion!  01/07/2017 11am-1pm
Take this opportunity to try out Viking weaponry, costumes and armour. Learn about the lives of the Vikings in Ireland, how they lived, traded and died with Dave Swift from Claíomh. No booking required. Demonstration. Families with children 6+. Free Admission.

Cushalogurt and Ireland’s Viking Silver Hoards  01/07/2017 2.30pm-3.30pm
The Cushalogurt silver hoard was discovered on the shoreline of Clew Bay in 1939 by local man Paddy Barrett and is one of Ireland’s most important Viking Age finds. Join John Sheehan, senior lecturer in Archaeology, University College Cork, as he outlines this discovery and its importance. Discover why Viking silver was often buried in the earth. Was it for safe-keeping, or was it for a ritual purpose? Booking required. Talk. Adults. Free Admission.

On Sight 2017: Teach Saileach – Willow House  01/07/2017- 31/07/2017 During Opening Hours
Discover the beautiful woven shelter and the willow trail created by the Mayo Arts Squad on the grounds of Turlough Park. This work is inspired by the traditional craft of basket-making and the Museum’s collection. On Sight is a community arts project lead by Mayo County Council Arts Office and the National Museum. For more information: www.museum.ie/Country-Life/Country-Life-Projects/On-Sight/On-Sight-2017. Temporary Exhibition. All Ages. Free Admission.

Meet the Vikings!  02/07/2017 2.15pm- 4.30pm
Come along and meet Ragnar Olafson (Iain Barber), one of Ireland’s last Vikings. Visit his camp and discover the history of the Vikings in Ireland, through his extensive collection of replica objects. Hear about the greatest battle in Viking era Ireland, the Battle of Clontarf with the aid of a dynamic model of the battlefield. A fun and entertaining afternoon for all the family. No booking required. New researchers welcome. Performance. Families.. Free Admission.

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Summertime Woollies 7th & 21st July 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. See www.museum.ie for more information. Drop-in Activity. Adults and children 7+. Free Admission.

Mayo Genealogy Group  08/07/2017 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. See www.museum.ie for more information. Drop-in Activity. Adults and children 7+. Free Admission.

Art in the Great Outdoors  20/07/2017 10 am – 11am
Explore the beautiful grounds of the Museum with science educator Lindsay Deely of Toodlelou Creativity Lab. Use trees to create paintings, make mobiles with natural materials and build a bug house to bring home to the garden. A wonderful chance to explore the natural world and get creative with your little ones. Booking required. See www.museum.ie for more information. Junior Activity. Adults age 2-4 years with an adult. Free Admission.

Art in the Great Outdoors  20/07/2017 11.30am – 12.30pm
Explore the beautiful grounds of the Museum with science educator Lindsay Deely of Toodlelou Creativity Lab. Use trees to create paintings, make mobiles with natural materials and build a bug house to bring home to the garden. A wonderful chance to explore the natural world and get creative. Booking required. Workshop. Children aged 5-10 years with an Adult. Free Admission.

Connacht Textile Crafters  29/07/2017 12pm – 3pm
Meet the talented Connacht Textile Crafters who work in a range of textile crafts, both traditional and contemporary. Drop in and meet the group. No booking required. See www.museum.ie for more information. Demonstration. Adults and children 7+. Free Admission.

On Sight 2017: Teach Saileach – Willow House 1st Aug – 30th Sept During Opening Hours
Discover the beautiful woven shelter and the willow trail created by the Mayo Arts Squad on the grounds of Turlough Park. This work is inspired by the traditional craft of basket-making and the Museum’s collection. On Sight is a community arts project lead by Mayo County Council Arts Office and the National Museum.

The Hoard & the Sword: Echoes of the Vikings 1st – 31st August During Opening Hours
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.

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Summertime Woollies 04/08/17 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.

Woodland Explorers 09/08/17 12pm – 3pm
A family adventure in the woods of Turlough Park. Join Catherine Mulcahy and Liza Delaney to get mucky and develop new skills in shelter building, nature crafts, scavenger hunting and more. Come along, bring your imaginations and be inspired by your child’s ideas for play (as well as your own!). Booking required. Ages 4 – 10 yrs

The Sound of Ireland 12/08/17 3pm – 4pm
An introduction to the uilleann pipes with a demonstration and recital by renowned piper Tommy Keane. Learn about this distinctive Irish instrument and its importantance in traditional life throughout the years. Booking required. Families

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Summertime Woollies 18/08/17 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. Ages 7+

Heritage Week: Biodiversity in your Garden 22/08/17 11am – 12.30pm 
Explore some of the amazing little creatures that live in our gardens and get practical ideas of how we can help them, with Dr. Karina Dingerkus. Plant up some butterfly and bee-friendly pots to bring home! Booking required. Ages 5+

Heritage Week Donkey Day: Is it Jack, Jenny or Jacko? 23/08/17 12pm – 4pm
Celebrate the humble donkey, once central to Irish farm life and a symbol of rural Ireland. Watch farrier Mark Hester at work and learn about making a straddle with straw craftsman Pat Broderick. Meet the donkeys on the day! Organised by the Irish Donkey Welfare Organisation with contributions from Horse & Donkey Mayo Sanctuary, Kiltimagh and Sathya Sai Sanctuary, Sligo who will all be on hand to tell you all you need to know about the much-loved donkey. No booking required.

Beyond the Scoreboard: Oral Histories of the GAA in Mayo. 31/08/17 3pm – 4pm
Join Arlene Crampsie of UCD’s School of Geography, as she looks at the role the GAA has played historically in the lives of Mayo people at home and abroad. Trace the social history of Mayo through the stories recorded by the GAA Oral History Project between 2008 and 2012. Using extracts from these interviews Arlene will provide a whistle stop tour of everything from playing with pigs’ bladder balls and one boot, to broken cross bars, local rivalries and the role of emigration in Mayo. Booking required. Ages 12+

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Autumn Stitches 01/09/17 11am – 1pm
Start a new project this autumn or get help finishing an old one! Exchange ideas and tips with our friendly group. Learn a new skill for life. Beginners welcome. No booking required. Ages 7+

Autumn Family Forage 10/09/17 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Explore the woodlands and hedgerows of Turlough Park with Wild Food Mary and see what is available at this time of year to make some tasty treats. Booking required. Ages 4+

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Autumn Stitches 15/09/17 11am – 1pm
Start a new project this autumn or get help finishing an old one! Exchange ideas and tips with our friendly group. Learn a new skill for life. Beginners welcome. No booking required. Ages 7+

Sign Language Awareness Week 23/09/17 3pm – 4pm
To celebrate Sign Language Awareness Week you are invited to an interpreted tour of the Museum galleries. Journey back in time and marvel at the innovation and endurance of our rural ancestors. This tour will include highlights from the folklife collection and Turlough Park House. Booking required. Families

Connacht Textile Crafters 30/09/17 12pm – 3pm
Meet the talented Connacht Textile Crafters who work in a range of textile crafts, both traditional and contemporary. Come along and meet the group. No booking required. Ages 7+

June 2017 Events

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+

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+.

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

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

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.