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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 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. 

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National Museum of Archaeology, Kildare St., Dublin

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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