Discover a Feast of FREE Activities at the National Museum of Ireland

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National Musuem of Ireland

The National Museum of Ireland have 3 sites in Dublin; Decorative Arts & History, Natural History and Archaeology  and one in Mayo; Country Life. ALL EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS ARE FREE ADMISSION There may be a small charge for materials on some special events. There are Family Events running throughout the mid-term break.


National Musuem of Ireland

National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7

Wed 1st to Fri 31st – During opening hours
Drop-in Activity
Family Activity Area: Boo! Where did Hallowe`en come from?
Drop into the Family Activity Area to find out about Irish traditions and folklore around Hallowe’en. Discover why we dress up in scary costumes, make bonfires, cook special food and play special games. Learn some Hallowe’en games that you can play with your family and friends and make your own mask or Hallowe’en cross to take home.
Drop in activity, no booking required, art materials provided.
Families

Decorative Arts and History MuseumSun 19th October – 2.30-4.30pm
Workshop Open House 2014: Beyond Pebbledash – The Living Room
Learn about design for living with artist and architect Bláithín Quinn in this interactive workshop for families exploring the Pebbledash House installation on display in Clarke Square and create a conceptual living room for the future. Beyond Pebbledash is a collaborative project between the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin City Council and Redrawing Dublin.
Booking essential, admission free and materials provided.
Families with children 7-12 years old

Thu 30th October – 2-4pm
Workshop Mid-term Family Workshop: City Makers
Imagine if you could make a real city, or change the one you live in – what kind of city would you make? Explore the cityscape around Collins Barracks in this workshop for families with architect and educator Orla Murphy, then create your own wonderful city plan! Part of the Beyond Pebbledash programme.
Booking required, admission free and materials provided.
Families with children 6-12 yrs

Sat 1st to Sun 30th of November– During opening hours
Drop-in Activity
Family Activity Area: See-through History
We’re celebrating Science Week (9th -16th November) at the Family Activity Area. Drop in to find out about the science, and the magic, behind glass-making and decoration through the Museum’s wonderful collection of glass on display. From Roman glass, made in the 2nd century BC, to glass designs made in the 21st century, check out what we have on display! Then try creating your own ‘stained glass’ picture for the light to shine through!
Drop-in activity, no booking required art materials provided.
Families

Sun 9th of November – 3-4pm
Drop-in Activity
Hands on History
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

National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology , Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Sat 4th October – 11am-12pm
Drop-in Activity
Make a Battle Banner!
Banners and flags were often used by the Vikings and native Irish at battles such as the Battle of Clontarf 1014. Drop-in and recreate your own banner based on the symbols and shapes of the Vikings and the Gaels.
No booking required. Located in the Learning Resource Room, first floor, not wheelchair accessible.
Families

Museum of ArchaelogySat 18th October – 11am-12pm & 2pm-3pm
Drop-in Activity
Open House Junior & International Archeology Day: Make a Viking House
Visit the Viking Age Ireland exhibition to discover how the Vikings lived and then drop-in to the
Learning Resource Room to make a mini-Viking House to take home! The first 25 families will receive a complimentary 54 Page book, Viking Age Dublin Walking Tour and Actviity Book, developed by the Languages, Myths & Funds project.
No booking required. Located in the Learning Resource Room, first floor, not wheelchair accessible.
Families

Sat 25th October – 11.30-12.30 pm & 2-3pm
Workshop Valhalla`ween: Viking Shadow Puppets
Explore the exciting sagas, legends and beliefs of the Vikings through shadow puppetry with artist Roisin Coyle.
Located in the Learning Resource Room, first floor, not wheelchair accessible. Places limited, please book by phoning 01 648 6332 or email educationarch@museum.ie.
Ages 8+

Sun 26th October – 11am-12pm
Drop-in Activity
Valhalla`ween: Rust in peace
Viking Oval Brooches were a common find in many Viking burial sites across Dublin. Drop-in to find out why the Vikings were buried with their favourite belongings and make your own Viking brooch to take home.
No booking required. Located in the Learning Resource Room, first floor, not wheelchair accessible.
Ages 6+

Wed 29th October – 3-4pm
Family Event Valhalla`ween: Meet Ragnar the Viking!
Over 1,000 years ago, when Ireland was old and Dublin was young, there was a combmaker. His name was Ragnar Olafson. He was born in the year 950AD, a third generation Dublin Viking. Join him to hear stories of Viking Dublin and his brave Scandanavian ancestors.
Located in the Ceramics Room, first floor, not wheelchair accessible. Places limited, please book by phoning 01 648 6332 or email educationarch@museum.ie.
Age7+ All

Thu 30th October – 2-4pm
Demonstration Valhalla`ween – Viking Nightmares
How do you secure the favour of the Pagan Gods? What is life like for a sea-faring warrior? What was the most horrible thing the Vikings ate? Meet Viking characters from Montague Heritage Services who will talk you through the various aspects of life in Viking Age Dublin. Meet our coin-striking Silversmith, our fearsome Warrior and our hardworking Viking Housewife. Not quite a taste but definitely a visual feast!
No booking required, partially wheelchair accessible.
Families

Thu 30th October – 2-3pm
Drop-in Activity
Valhalla`ween: Viking Raven masks
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.
Ages 6+

National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Merrion Street, Dublin 2

Sat 25th October – 11am-1pm
Museum of Natural HistoryDrop-in Activity
Scary Skulls – Halloween Inspectorium
Drop-in and meet zoologist Geraldine Breen at the Discovery Zone and get up close to some of the largest teeth and scariest skulls in the animal kingdom.
Age 7 +. No booking required. Wheelchair Accessible. Drop-in.

Sat 25th October – 2.30-3.15pm
Tour Elephant Month Family talk – Elephacts
To celebrate Dublin Elephant Month join zoologist Catherine McGuinness to learn more about elephants, including how they are linked to the legend of the cyclops!
Age 6+. Places limited, please book by phoning 01 648 6307 or email educationarch@museum.ie.

Sun 26th October – 2.15pm & 3.30pm
Tour Creepy Creatures – Halloween Tours
Meet a zoologist and learn about all the animals hiding, from bats to creepy crawlies, in the Dead Zoo this Halloween.
Age 7+. No booking required, places limited to 20, allocated on a first come basis. Not wheelchair accessible.

National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, County mayo

Wed 1st to Fri 31st October – During opening hours

Temporary Exhibition
Preserving the peace
From gallows, shillelaghs and manacles to the hangman’s rope! This exhibition commemorates two hundred years of law and order through objects relating to policing, crime, prisons and punishment, highlighting the sometimes uncomfortable reality of Ireland’s official past.
All ages

Fri 3rd October – 11am-1pm
Museum of Country LIfe MayoDrop-in Activity
Knitting circle: Fall back to Winter
Get tips on how to keep toasty in the Winter months by knitting your own hats, scarves and jumpers with the Museum’s Knitting Circle.
No booking required.
Adults and children 7yrs+

Sat 4th October – 2-3.30pm
Tour Crann Tree Day
Crann is Ireland’s leading voluntary tree organisation dedicated to the promotion and protection of our trees, hedgerows and woodlands. Join director Gerard Clarke for a guided tour through the grounds of Turlough Park to view the diverse range of trees and hedgerows. Booking required. Outdoor clothing recommended.
Adults and children 7yrs+

Fri 17th October – 11am-1pm
Drop-in Activity
Knitting Circle: Fall back to Winter
Get tips on how to keep toasty in the Winter months by knitting your own hats, scarves and jumpers with the Museum’s Knitting Circle.
No booking required.
Adults and children 7yrs+

Sun 19th October – 2-5pm
Family Event Get On your Bike!
Join the Museum, Green-Schools Travel, the Road Safety Authority, Mayo Sports Partnership and Mayo County Council Road Safety Office for a bike themed afternoon.
2-4pm:
Come along and find out all you need to know about bike safety, road skills and how to keep your bike in top shape. View bikes from long ago in the Museum’s exhibition and check out how you can use a bike to create electricity.
4pm
Group Cycle: Bring your bike and join the team for a group cycle from Turlough to Castlebar.
Booking required.
Family

Sat 25th October – 3-4pm
Talk Crafts and Trades of the Irish Travelling Community
Join Irish Folklife curator Rosa Meehan to explore the Museum’s collection of objects relating to traveller traditions and trade, through an illustrated talk and some handling objects. You are also invited to view these objects in the Museum’s permanent exhibition.
Booking required.
Adults and children 12yrs

Wed 29th October – 2-4pm
Drop-in Activity
Kidz Museum: Hallowe`en Decorations
Hear about Hallowe’en customs from long ago and make spooky decorations to terrify your nearest and dearest with the education team.
No booking required.
Family

Thu 30th October – 2-4pm
Drop-in Activity
Kidz Museum: Hallowe`en Decorations
See above for details
Family

Fri 31st October – 10am-4pm
Course Lace making
Through the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s lacemaking provided substantial employment for Irish women. Each locality adapted a unique style or pattern often seen on collars and in church
vestments. Join internationally renowned lacemaker Veronica Stuart, on a day course, to learn some new techniques. Veronica will tutor on Carrickmacross lace, Limerick lace and other Irish laces, while Anne Quinn will facilitate on crochet. Whether you are a beginner or advanced, you will benefit from this unique event.
Booking required. 20 euro charge for materials.