7 Reasons Why We Love The National Museum Of Ireland – Country Life

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Dress Up Area at National Museum of Ireland Country LIfe Museum Mayo

We are big fans of our National Museums of Ireland. They are free to visit, they have amazing exhibitions, workshops and activities. We get to learn more about our history, culture and past and see some really exciting artefacts that have been discovered here and abroad. You may be more familiar with the 3 Dublin Museum sites but here are 7 reasons why we love the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life in Mayo.

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#1. The NMI Country Life Offers An Amazing Free Day Out

things to do with kids in Ireland museum of Country Life Mayo

Our number one favourite thing about the NMI Country Life in Mayo is that it offers an amazing free day out with activities to keep everyone in the family happy.

In addition they run free workshops and events from knitting & crochet, to family fun days and art, craft, engineering and science workshops for kids to enjoy.

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#2. You Can Get Up Close To History

Handling Station at National Museum of Ireland Country LIfe Museum MayoExplore the objects at the Discovery Station and keep an eye out for the green ‘Please Touch’ signs in the galleries. You will be amazed at what you will discover as you get up close to history.

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#3. Play Traditional Games

Playing Skittles at National Museum of Ireland Country LIfe Mayo

Learn to play Queenie-I-O, Five Slates, Skittles and other classic Irish street games, Borrow the Games Box from reception and set-up your games outdoors for an afternoon of screen free fun.

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#4. Have An Outdoor Adventure In The Gardens & Greenway

Playground at National Museum of Ireland Country LIfe Mayo

Explore the Green Flag award-winning gardens and woodlands of Turlough Park which surround the museum. There is lots to see and do.

  • Find the model thatched cottage
  • Visit the Willow House in the woods
  • Play in the award-winning garden playground
  • Cycle or walk the Greenway
  • Or see if you can identify the oldest tree in Turlough Park!

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#5. Enjoy An Indoor Treasure Hunt!

Free things to do in Mayo NMI Country Life Museum Activity Sheets

Hunt for Pygmy Shrew, take the Animal Trail challenge or choose your Favourite Object.

Collect your activity sheets, clipboards and pencils at the Family Station at reception or at the Activity Carts on Level C and see who in the family can complete them first!

#6. You Get To Dress Up

Dress Up Area at National Museum of Ireland Country LIfe Museum Mayo

Who doesn’t love dress up! What would you have worn in the 1800s? Find the dress-up station and try on some clothes from long ago. Be sure to have the camera at the ready for some super stylish snaps!

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#7. Indulge In A Treat At The Museum Café

Cafe at at National Museum of Ireland Country LIfe Mayo

Once you have spent time discovering history, getting hands on with the exhibits and exploring outdoors, Brambles Cafe is the perfect place to relax and refresh during your visit to the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life.

If the weather is nice, visitors can also enjoy the outdoor seating area in the courtyard. Be sure to arrive early for your day out at NMI Country Life, as you can see there is so much to see, do and enjoy.

Over to you now. Have you visited the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life in Mayo yet? Please share your experiences with us in the comments box below. 



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