National Museums of Ireland Fun Family Events for 2018

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Christmas at The National Musuem of Ireland Collins Barracks

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 four of the National Museums of Ireland for kids and families. 

December 2018 Events at The National Museums of Ireland

BOOKING INFORMATION:

Visit the National Museum of Ireland Events Calendar to see all events taking place at the 4 sites.

National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Merrion Square, Dublin

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Seasonal Activity Sheet- Do Not Disturb

01/12/2018 – 31/12/2018 During Opening Hours

It’s getting chilly outside! Drop into the Museum and try our Winter Activity Trail and learn about beavers, birds and bears on display.
Copies of this activity sheet trail are available at the stand in the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil! Families. Drop-In.

Inspectorium: Furry Friends

28/12/2018 – 31/12/2018 11 am – 1pm

Drop into the Discovery Zone this Christmas to meet wolf and some other furry friends from the handling collection at the Dead Zoo!
No booking required but there may be a short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible. Families. Drop-in.

National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare St., Dublin

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Museum of Archaelogy

Open Day: A Medieval Christmas Pilgrimage!

09/12/2018 2pm – 4pm

As mid-winter draws near, why not go on a Medieval Pilgrimage through the National Museum of Archaeology? As you roam through the galleries, discover how people passed the time on dark evenings, feasted in winters past and kept themselves safe on long and dangerous journeys. Pick up a trail, make an amulet to take with you on your pilgrimage and chat with medieval craftsmen from Irish Arms.
No booking required. Located throughout the Museum galleries. Partially wheelchair accessible. All ages.

Ardagh 150th Anniversary Tour

14/12/2018 11.30am – 12.15pm
30/12/2018 2.30 pm – 3.15pm

To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the finding of the Ardagh Chalice, join this special tour of Treasury Exhibition exploring Ireland’s most famous and iconic object. Learn about the people of early medieval Ireland, the influence of the coming of Christianity to Ireland in the 5th century and how the Ardagh Chalice, among other fine metal objects,
were made and designed.
No booking required. Meet at Reception. Places allocated on a first come basis. Wheelchair accessible. Ages 7+.

Let the sun Shine! Winter Solstice Tour.

21/12/2018 12pm – 12.45pm

To celebrate the rising sun of the winter solstice at Newgrange, join our special tour to discover how the passage tombs of Ireland are linked to celestial events. Take a look at objects found in Ireland’s tombs including Newgrange and Knowth and discover how Bronze Age objects, such as lunulae and sun discs, are linked to solar symbols.
Booking Required, contact [email protected] or call 01 6486332. Meet at the Reception. Wheelchair Accessible. Ages 8+

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Tour: the Vikings in Ireland

28/12/2018 2.30pm – 3.15pm

Did you know that the City of Dublin was established by the Vikings? Take a tour of our
Viking Ireland exhibition to learn more about what the archaeology of Dublin can tell us about Viking raiders, traders and settlers. See the skeleton of a Viking warrior, examine the beautiful oval brooches worn by Scandinavian women and discover ice skates made of bone!
No booking required. Places are limited and allocated on a first come basis. Meet at
Reception. Not wheelchair accessible. Ages 7+

 

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

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Christmas at The National Musuem of Ireland Collins Barracks

Christmas open day

02/12/201/ 2pm – 5pm

Take a break from the hustle and bustle and drop in to Collins Barracks for a special day of seasonal events, including a talk on the traditions of Christmas, festive family trails and sparkly winter workshops!
Family event. Free.

Christmas Family Trails

02/12/2018 – 06/01/2019 During Museum Opening Hours

Get in a festive mood at the Museum by taking the 12 Days of Christmas Trail! Pick up your free Trail at the Museum’s Main Reception. Pencils provided but please return for others to use.
No booking required. Drop-in Activity. Families.

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From Barracks to Museum

09/12/2018 & 29/12/2018 3pm to 3.45pm
Join an introductory tour to learn about the history of Collins Barracks, from the 1700s to the present day and its transition from Barracks to Museum, taking in some of the highlights from the military history or decorative arts exhibitions.
Admission free, places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. All ages.

Public Tour: Proclaiming a Republic

30/12/2018 3pm – 3.45pm
Join a public tour of Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising exhibition. Explore some of the highlights of the Museum’s extensive Easter Week collection.
Admission free, places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. All ages.

National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Mayo

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Travellers’ Journey

01/12/2018 – 31/12/2018 During opening hours

Travellers’ Journey will explore the rich culture, traditions and crafts of the west of Ireland Traveller community. This exhibition aims to encourage discussion and appreciation of the unique heritage and ethnicity of Travellers. This temporary exhibition is co-curated with the Western Regional Traveller Health Network. Temporary Exhibition. All Ages. Free Admission.

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The Enemy Within – the Spanish Flu in County Mayo 1918-19

01/12/2018 – 31/12/2018 During opening hours

This temporary exhibition explores the folk medicines and rudimentary cures used by the public to combat the flu epidemic. It will be on Level A in the Museum of Country Life until April 2019. Temporary Exhibition. All Ages. Free Admission.

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Fall Back to Winter

07/12/2018 11am – 1pm

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.

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The Last Straw Christmas Decorations

15/12/2018 11.30am – 12.20pm & 2pm – 3pm

Be inspired by Christmases long ago to design and make your own straw Christmas cards and
decorations, including stars, angels and more in this creative workshop with Melanie Lorien. Booking required, email [email protected]. Workshop. Adults & Children 7+

Christmas Carol Singing

20/12/2018 1pm – 2.30pm

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. This year they will be joined by special guest David Doocey who will play some traditional tunes on the rare tin fiddle from the ‘Travellers’ Journey’ temporary exhibition. No booking required. Performance. All ages.

November 2018 Events at The National Museums of Ireland

BOOKING INFORMATION:

Visit the National Museum of Ireland Events Calendar to see all events taking place at the 4 sites.

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

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International Uileann Piping Day

04/11/2018 – 04/11/2018 3pm & 4pm
Join Na Píobairí Uilleann at Collins Barracks in a special event to mark International Uilleann Piping day. Live performances at 3pm and 4pm. Drop-in, no booking required. Performance. All Ages. Admission Free.

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Public Tour: Recovered Voices – Ireland and World War I

11/11/2018 – 11/11/2018 3.30pm-4.15pm
On the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1, join us for a tour of the exhibition Recovered Voices which explores the experience of Irish men and women during World War I. Admission free, places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Tour. All Ages.

Hands on History: Ireland and WW1

11/11/2018 – 11/11/2018 3pm-4pm
On the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1, join our Museum educators in a drop-in handling session for all ages. Explore original and replica objects from the Museum’s collection of objects for handling from the period. No booking required. Drop-in Activity. All Ages. Free Admission.

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Science Week: Tour Conservation Studios

15/11/2018 – 15/11/2018 2.30pm-4pm
Go behind the scenes at the Museum and take a tour of the conservation studios. A great opportunity to meet Museum conservators to see and hear about the important work that they do for the conservation of objects in our collections and on exhibition. Booking Required. Tour. Adults & Children 12+. Free Admission.

From Barracks to Museum

25/11/2018 – 25/11/2018 3pm-3.45pm
Join this introductory tour to learn about the history of Collins Barracks, from the 1700s to the present day and its transition from Barracks to Museum, taking in some of the highlights from the Museum’s military history or decorative arts exhibitions. Admission free, places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Tour. All ages.

National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare St., Dublin

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Natural History Museum Merrion Square

Them Bones, them bones need… archaeologists!

03/11/2018 – 03/11/2018 11am-1.00pm
Take part in our special animal bone workshop with Animal Osteologist, Dr Ruth Carden. Drop into the Kildare Room to see some animal bones excavated from Viking Dublin. Take a look at animal bones and teeth through our microscope to see them up close and discover how archaeologists look at markings on bones to tell us how people in the past interacted with animals. 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. Drop-in Activity. Families with children 8+. Free Admission.

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Ardagh 150th Anniversary Tour

09/11/2018 – 09/11/2018 11.30am-12.15pm
To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the finding of the Ardagh Chalice, join this special tour of Treasury Exhibition exploring Ireland’s most famous and iconic object. Learn about the people of early medieval Ireland, the influence of the coming of Christianity to Ireland in the 5th century and how the Ardagh Chalice, among other fine metal objects, were made and designed.
No booking required. Meet at Reception. Places allocated on a first come basis. Wheelchair accessible. Tour. Ages 7+. Free admission.

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Science Week 2018: Ancient DNA and Irish Prehistory

18/11/2018 – 18/11/2018 3.00pm-3.45pm
What kind of society created the Ardagh Chalice? For whom was it made and who had The human genome is the sum of all our genetic information and can tell about our physical characteristics, for example eye/hair colouration or sometimes disease risks, as well as our relatedness to other people and populations. Due to recent advances it is now possible to obtain genomes from bones of people who lived thousands of years ago. Using this technology, we have begun to decipher the genomes of ancient Ireland and find out about the migrations that shaped our people’s ancestry and what their genetic make up was.
Booking required, please email [email protected] or call 01 6486 332. Wheelchair accessible. Lecture. Ages12+. Free Admission.

Ardagh 150th Anniversary Tour

24/11/2018 – 24/11/2018 2:30pm-3.15pm
To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the finding of the Ardagh Chalice, join on this special tour of Treasury Exhibition exploring Ireland’s most famous and iconic object. Learn about the people of early medieval Ireland, the influence of the coming of Christianity to Ireland in the 5th century and how the Ardagh Chalice, among other fine metal objects, were made and designed.
No booking required. Meet at Reception. Places allocated on a first come basis. Wheelchair accessible. Tour. Ages 7+. Free Admission.

National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Merrion Square, Dublin

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Seasonal Activity Sheet- Do Not Disturb

01/11/2018 – 30/11/2018 During Opening Hours
It’s getting chilly outside! Drop into the Museum and try our Winter Activity Trail and learn about the beavers, birds and bears on display. 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.

The Seal of Approval with Seal Rescue Ireland

02/11/2018 – 02/11/2018 10am-4pm
During this free family fun event meet the team from Seal Rescue Ireland and learn all about the important work they do to protect our native seals. Visit the touch table in the Discovery Zone to see real seal skulls, pelts and parasites. Pop upstairs to the Mammals of the World exhibition to complete a fun seal-themed activity, and don’t forget to visit the different seals and sea lions on display at the Museum too! No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Partially wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Families. Free Admission.

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Science Week: Let’s Go To The Moon! Apollo 11 Workshops

17/11/2018 – 17/11/2018 11.30am-12:30pm
Join astronomer, artist and educator Deirdre Kelleghan to explore the historic Apollo 11 moon-landing mission! Discover how to spot The Sea of Tranquillity – the exact spot on the moon where astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins landed almost 50 years ago! Booking essential. Please contact [email protected] or call 01 6486 316. This event will be held at the National Museum of Ireland, Archaeology on Kildare Street. Not wheelchair accessible. Workshop. Ages 10+. Free Admission.

Science Week: Iron, Fire and Stone in Space

17/11/2018 – 17/11/2018 2.30pm-4pm
Drop into the Discovery Zone for a special Science Week session on space rocks that are over 4 billion years old! During this interactive session, meet a scientist and experience the real weight of a meteorite in the palm of your hand! No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Ages 8+. Free Admission.

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Furry Friends Tour

24/11/2018 – 24/11/2018 12pm
Why do all mammals have fur or hair, and what else do they share in common? Join the Furry Friends Tour to find out this and more at the Dead Zoo! No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Not wheelchair accessible. Tour. Ages 8+. Free Admission.

National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Mayo

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Travellers’ Journey

01/11/2018 – 30/11/2018 During opening hours
Travellers’ Journey will explore the rich culture, traditions and crafts of the west of Ireland Traveller community. This exhibition aims to encourage discussion and appreciation of the unique heritage and ethnicity of Travellers. This temporary exhibition is co-curated with the Western Regional Traveller Health Network. Temporary Exhibition. All Ages. Free Admission.

The Enemy Within – the Spanish Flu in County Mayo 1918-19

01/11/2018 – 30/11/2018 During opening hours
This temporary exhibition explores the folk medicines and rudimentary cures used by the public to combat the flu epidemic. It will be on Level A in the Museum of Country Life until April 2019. Temporary Exhibition. All Ages. Free Admission.

Our Irish Women

01/11/2018 – 30/11/2018 During opening hours
In commemoration of 100 years of women’s suffrage in Ireland, this community-led exhibition highlights the (often unacknowledged) contribution of women to Irish life and society. A series of women’s stories presented by members of the Irish Community Archive Network, a National Museum of Ireland initiative, delivered in partnership with Galway County Heritage Office. During October and November in the Courtyard Gallery. Temporary Exhibition. All Ages. Free Admission.

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Fall Back to Winter

02/11/2018 – 02/11/2018 11am – 1pm
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.

An Ark of Light with Dermot Bolger

03/11/2018 – 03/11/2018 3pm – 4pm
A reading by Dermot Bolger from his new novel, An Ark of Light to mark the Mayo launch of his latest work. Partly set in Turlough in the 1960s and 1970s this absorbing and personal story is loosely based on the life of the late Sheila Fitzgerald (1902-2000) who lived out her twilight years in the village.
Booking required. Performance. All Ages. Free Admission.

Goodbye to all that – Ireland and the end of the First World War

04/11/2018 – 04/11/2018 2.30pm-3.30pm
The guns fell silent on the Western Front on November 11th 1918, but for Ireland the end of one conflict was only the prelude to the outbreak of another. Historian and journalist Ronan McGreevy tells the story of the armistice from an Irish perspective and recalls those unfortunate Irishmen who lost their lives in the last days of the First World War. Booking required. Talk. Adults & Children 12+. Free Admission.

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Fall Back to Winter

16/11/2018 – 16/11/2018 11am – 1pm
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.

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Mayo Science & Technology Festival

17/11/2018 – 17/11/2018 11am-4pm
For the first time ever we are delighted to host an event for the Mayo Science & Technology Festival. Come along and meet Mick Kane of the Local Authority Waters & Communities Office to learn about what goes on in your local rivers, streams and lakes. Discover more about these amazing habitats and just how alive they really are! No booking required. Drop-in Activity. Families. Free Admission.

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Folk Cures and Irish Traveller Herb Lore

24/11/2018 – 24/11/2018 2pm-3pm
Oein DeBhairduin returns to talk about folk cures and Irish Traveller/ Minceir herb lore, exploring the importance of folk medicine in the past and the ongoing attempts to record and protect these disappearing traditions for the future. Booking required. Talk. Adults & Children 12+. Free Admission.

October 2018 Events at The National Museums of Ireland

BOOKING INFORMATION:

Visit the National Museum of Ireland Events Calendar to see all events taking place at the 4 sites.

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

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Open House Dublin: From Barracks to Museum

13/10/2018 – 13/10/2018 12.30pm,1:30pm and 2:30pm
Drop in to join an introductory tour to learn about the history of Collins Barracks, from the 1700s to the present day and its transition from Barracks to Museum, taking in some of the highlights from the Museum’s military history or decorative arts exhibitions. Part of the Museum’s programme for the Open House Festival. Admission free, places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Tour. All Ages.

National Museum of Ireland family eventsOpen House Dublin: Paper Play!

14/10/2018 – 14/10/2018 2:30pm-4pm
Discover what you can create through paper construction, and have a go at making your own three-dimensional artwork in a fun, hands-on workshop for families inspired by the historical buildings at Collins Barracks.
No Booking Required. Drop-in Activity. Families with children 6-12. Free Admission.

NMI Collins Barracks Museum Recovered Voices Tour

From Barracks to Museum

28/10/2018 – 28/10/2018 3pm-3.45pm
Join this introductory tour to learn about the history of Collins Barracks, from the 1700s to the present day and its transition from Barracks to Museum, taking in some of the highlights from the Museum’s military history or decorative arts exhibitions. Admission free, places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. All ages.

National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Mayo

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Our Irish Women

01/10/2018 – 31/10/2018 During opening hours
In commemoration of 100 years of women’s suffrage in Ireland, this community-led exhibition highlights the (often unacknowledged) contribution of women to Irish life and society. A series of women’s stories presented by members of the Irish Community Archive Network, a National Museum of Ireland initiative, delivered in partnership with Galway County Heritage Office. During October and November in the Courtyard Gallery. Temporary Exhibition. All Ages. Free Admission.

NMI Country Life Museum Meath Travellers Workshop

Travellers’ Journey

01/10/2018 – 31/10/2018 During opening hours
Travellers’ Journey will explore the rich culture, traditions and crafts of the west of Ireland Traveller community. This exhibition aims to encourage discussion and appreciation of the unique heritage and ethnicity of Travellers. This temporary exhibition is co-curated with the Western Regional Traveller Health Network. Temporary Exhibition. All Ages. Free Admission.

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The Enemy Within – the Spanish Flu in County Mayo 1918-19

01/10/2018 – 31/10/2018 During opening hours
This temporary exhibition explores the folk medicines and rudimentary cures used by the public to combat the flu epidemic. It will be on Level A in the Museum of Country Life until April 2019. Temporary Exhibition. All Ages. Free Admission.

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Knitting & Crochet Circle: Fall Back to Winter

05/10/2018 – 05/10/2018 11am – 1pm
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.

Museum of Country Life Glass

Family Workshop: Sunday Portraits

14/10/2018 – 14/10/2018 2.30pm-4.30pm
Join Róisín de Buitléar in a hands-on glass workshop to discover the beauty of glass and learn some techniques and skills in glass-making! Open to all ages and materials are provided. Booking required. Workshop. Families. Free Admission.

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Knitting & Crochet Circle: Fall Back to Winter

19/10/2018 – 19/10/2018 11am – 1pm
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.

Spooky tales of Hallowe’en with Rab Fulton

27/10/2018 – 27/10/2018 11:30am-12:30pm & 2pm-3pm
Celebrate Hallowe’en with award winning storyteller Rab Fulton. Hear some of the spooky tales from Irelands rich folk tradition from this time of ghosts, fairies, witches and warlocks. Booking required. Performance. Families. Free Admission.

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Junior Event: Spooky Shadow Puppets

31/10/2018 – 31/10/2018 11:30am-12:30pm & 2pm-3pm
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. Workshop. Families with children 4-7. Free Admission.

National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare St., Dublin

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Ardagh 150 Open Day

06/10/2018 – 06/10/2018 11am-4pm
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the Ardagh Chalice and hoard the Museum of Archaeology is holding a day of free activities and displays. Talk to our curators, take part in our art activities and meet Vikings, monks and scribes to discover life in Early Medieval Ireland. At the Expert Hot Spots view close up and under the microscope artefacts not normally displayed and chat to Museum curators and conservators. Discover how the UCD Centre of Experimental Archaeology has worked with the Museum to research the secrets of the metal working skills. View the new items arising from the work of experimental archaeologists which will be added to the Museum’s education handling collection. Explore the museum galleries and meet eight characters from Irish Arms, including scribes, monks and herbalists who will tell you more about the life in Early Medieval Ireland, when the hoard was made and used. Join in the art activities and help decorate the largest ‘Ardagh Chalice’ you will ever see, and take a peep at the winning entries in the display of the Ardagh Chalice Colouring Competition
No Booking Required. Partially wheelchair accessible. Open Day. All Ages. Free Admission.

Ardagh 150th Anniversary Tour

12/10/2018 – 12/10/2018 11:30am-12.15pm
To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the finding of the Ardagh Chalice, join on this special tour of Treasury Exhibition exploring Ireland’s most famous and iconic object. Learn about the people of early medieval Ireland, the influence of the coming of Christianity to Ireland in the 5th century and how the Ardagh Chalice, among other fine metal objects, were made and designed.
No booking required. Meet at Reception. Places allocated on a first come basis. Wheelchair accessible. Irish Sign Language interpretation will be provided for this tour. Tour. Ages 7+. Free Admission.

Ardagh 150th Anniversary Tour

28/10/2018 – 28/10/2018 2:30pm-3.15pm
To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the finding of the Ardagh Chalice, join on this special tour of Treasury Exhibition exploring Ireland’s most famous and iconic object. Learn about the people of early medieval Ireland, the influence of the coming of Christianity to Ireland in the 5th century and how the Ardagh Chalice, among other fine metal objects, were made and designed.
No booking required. Meet at Reception. Places allocated on a first come basis. Wheelchair accessible. Tour. Ages 7+. Free Admission.

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Valhalla’ween: Viking Raven Masks

30/10/2018 – 30/10/2018 12:00-2.00pm
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. Ages 8+. Free Admission.

National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Merrion Square, Dublin

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Seasonal Activity Sheet- Busy Bees!

02/10/2018 – 31/10/2018 During Opening Hours
Autumn is a busy season with nature 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 in the Reception Area and in the Irish
Room. Don’t forget your pencil! Wheelchair accessible. Families.

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Inspectorium: Weird & Wonderful Beasts!

20/10/2018 – 20/10/2018 11am-1pm
What creature has no teeth but a tongue as long as your arm? Drop into the Discovery Zone to learn about some weird and wonderful beasts and touch skulls from the handling collection.
No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. All Ages. Free Admission.

national museum of Ireland fossilMake your own Fossil with Geological Survey Ireland

27/10/2018 – 27/10/2018 12pm-4pm
Drop into the Discovery Zone this mid-term break to meet a team of scientists from Geological Survey Ireland. Learn about Ireland’s geological past and even make your own fossil!
No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Families. Free Admission.

September 2018 Events at The National Museums of Ireland

BOOKING INFORMATION:

Visit the National Museum of Ireland Events Calendar to see all events taking place at the 4 sites.

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busy bees
Seasonal Activity Sheet- Busy Bees!

01/09/2018 – 30/09/2018 During Opening Hours
Autumn is a busy season with nature 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 in the Reception Area and in the Irish
Room. Don’t forget your pencil! Wheelchair accessible. Families.

Ultimate Predators: Lions Versus Tigers

08/09/2018 – 08/09/2018 11am-1pm
Are you team lion or team tiger? Drop-into the Discovery Zone and compare the skulls of two large carnivores to investigate who would win in a fight between these ultimate predators!
No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Families. Free Admission.

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Culture Night: Curious Creatures at the Dead Zoo

21/09/2018 – 21/09/2018 6pm-8pm
Drop into the Discovery Zone to learn about curious creatures from South America, meet Museum Educators and touch skulls from the handling collection. This event is in collaboration with the National Gallery of Ireland’s exhibition, Curious Creatures: Franz Post and Brazil.
No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. All Ages. Free Admission.

National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare St., Dublin

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The Life and Work of Margaret Stokes, Antiquarian and Artist

15/09/2018 – 15/09/2018 1pm-1.45pm
Margaret McNair Stokes was one of the leading female antiquarians of 19th century Ireland. She wrote extensively on the Early Christian art of Ireland, examining some of the most iconic objects now housed in the National Museum of Ireland, Archaeology, such as the Ardagh Chalice, ‘Tara’ Brooch and Cross of Cong. Take this special tour of the Museum to explore the life and work of Margaret Stokes through the objects she studied and drew.
Booking required, please email [email protected] or call 01 6486 334. Meet at Reception. Not wheelchair accessible. Tour. Ages 14+. Free Admission.

Amazing Amber!

23/09/2018 – 08/08/2018 2pm-4pm
Amber is amazing. People used this beautiful material in the Bronze Age, in Early Christian Ireland and even in Viking Dublin. Drop-in to the Museum to uncover the mystery of where all this amber came from, handle some real 33-million-year old amber, then make your own marbled beads from air dough to take home!
No booking required. Located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Families. Free Admission.

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Women in Viking and Medieval Ireland Tour

28/09/2018 – 28/09/2018 1pm-1.45pm
Discover what the artefacts in the Museum of Archaeology reveal to us about the lives of women from Early Christian to Later Medieval Ireland.
No booking required, places allocated on a first come basis. Not wheelchair accessible. Tour. Ages 14+. Free Admission.

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Ardagh 150th Anniversary Tour

29/09/2018 – 29/09/2018 2.30pm-3.15pm
To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the finding of the Ardagh Chalice, join this special tour of the Treasury Exhibition exploring one of Ireland’s most famous and iconic objects. Learn about the people of early medieval Ireland, the influence of the coming of Christianity to Ireland in the 5th century and how the Ardagh Chalice, among other fine metal objects, were made and designed.
No booking required, places allocated on a first come basis, meet at Reception. Wheelchair accessible. Tour. Ages 7+. Free Admission.

National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Mayo

NMI National Museum of Ireland Country Life

NMI Country Life Museum Meath Travellers Workshop

Travellers’ Journey

01/09/2018 – 30/09/2018 During opening hours
Travellers’ Journey will explore the rich culture, traditions and crafts of the west of Ireland Traveller community. This exhibition aims to encourage discussion and appreciation of the unique heritage and ethnicity of Travellers. This temporary exhibition is co-curated with the Western Regional Traveller Health Network.
Temporary Exhibition. All Ages. Free Admission.

On Sight

01/09/2018 – 30/09/2018 During opening hours
OnSight is our annual community arts project in collaboration with Mayo County Arts Office comprising an installation or installations in the grounds of Turlough Park House each summer. This year, the project explores aspects of the female experience in Ireland over the last one hundred years, celebrating the anniversary of the achievement of women’s suffrage in 1918.
Temporary Exhibition. All Ages. Free Admission.

national musuem of Ireland Turlough Park Country Life Knitting and Crochet Circle
Knitting & Crochet Circle: Summer Knits

07/09/2018 – 07/09/2018 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. Drop-in Activity. Adults & Children 7+. Free Admission.

The Enemy Within – the Spanish Flu in Ireland 1918-19

11/09/2018 – 30/09/2018 During opening hours
This temporary exhibition explores the folk medicines and rudimentary cures used by the public to combat the flu epidemic. It will be on Level A in the Museum of Country Life from 11 September 2018 to April 2019.
Temporary Exhibition. All Ages. Free Admission.

NMI National Museum of Ireland Spanish Flu

The Enemy Within – the Spanish Flu: Online Archive

11/09/2018 – 30/09/2018 Online
The National Museum of Ireland is looking for information relating to the devastating Spanish Flu epidemic. We invite you to visit the NMI’s local history website www.ouririshheritage.org to find out more, and to contribute your local or family stories of the Spanish Flu. Browse the interactive map of Ireland to find stories from your area.
Temporary Exhibition. All Ages.

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Summer Knits

21/09/2018 – 21/09/2018 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. Drop-in Activity. Adults & Children 7+. Free Admission.

culture night country life museum NMI

Culture Night

21/08/2018 – 21/08/2018 7pm – 9pm
Celebrate Culture Night at the Museum. Check www.museum.ie for events on the night.
No booking required. Drop-in Activity. All Ages. Free Admission.

Can Cant: Exploring the Irish Traveller Language

22/09/2018 – 22/09/2018 2pm-3pm
Join Oein DeBhairduin for a talk exploring the Irish Traveller/ Minceir language, its possible origins, its use within the modern context and its future.
Booking required. Talk. Adults & Children 14+. Free Admission.

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

NMI National Museum of Ireland Decorative Arts & History

ireland during the emergency NMI Museum

Hands on History: The Emergency

09/09/2018 – 09/09/2018 3pm-3.45pm
Join our Museum educators in an exciting drop-in handling session for all ages, marking 79 years since the outbreak of WW2. Explore original and replica objects from the Museum’s collection of objects for handling from the period and discover what life was like in Ireland during the Emergency.
No booking required. Drop-in Activity. All Ages. Free Admission.

Culture Night: Open Studio

21/09/2018 – 21/09/2018 Check Website for details
Discover where all the magic happens by visiting artist-in-residence Róisín de Buitléar’s studio onsite at Collins Barracks.
No booking required. Drop-in Activity. All Ages. Free Admission.

National Museum of Ireland glass exhibition

Culture Club: Leabhar na hAiséirghe

28/09/2018 – 28/09/2018 11.30am-1pm
Culture Club returns to the Proclaiming a Republic exhibition, but this time in the company of curator Sandra Heise to hear the fascinating story of ‘Leabhar na hAiséirghe’, ‘Book of the Resurrection’, which was created by the artist Art Ó Murnaghan between 1924 and 1952.
Booking Required. Tour. All Ages. Free Admission.

Public Tour: Bonnets, Bandoliers and Ballot Papers

30/09/2018 – 30/09/2018 3pm-3.45pm
Join for a public tour looking at the changing roles of women at the turn of the 20th Century, through the Way We Wore and Proclaiming a Republic exhibitions.
No booking required, places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Tour. Adults & Children 7+. Free Admission.

August 2018 Events at The National Museums of Ireland

National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Mayo

NMI National Museum of Ireland Country Life

NMI Country Life Museum Travellers' Journey

Travellers’ Journey

01/08/2018 – 31/08/2018 During opening hours
Travellers’ Journey will explore the rich culture, traditions and crafts of the west of Ireland Traveller community. This exhibition aims to encourage discussion and appreciation of the unique heritage and ethnicity of Travellers. This temporary exhibition is co-curated with the Western Regional Traveller Health Network.
Temporary Exhibition. All Ages. Free Admission.

NMI Country Life Museum On Sight

On Sight

01/08/2018 – 31/08/2018 During opening hours
OnSight is our annual community arts project in collaboration with Mayo County Arts Office
comprising an installation or installations in the grounds of Turlough Park House each summer. This year, the project explores aspects of the female experience in Ireland over the last one hundred years, celebrating the anniversary of the achievement of women’s suffrage in 1918.
Temporary Exhibition. All Ages. Free Admission.

National Treasures – The Exhibition

NMI National Museum of ireland national treasures01/08/2018 – 31/08/2018 During opening hours
An exhibition of ordinary little objects with big stories to tell, based on the RTÉ television programme National Treasures – A Peoples’ Archive. Exploring aspects of the social history of the four provinces of Ireland over the last 100 years, the objects in the exhibition were crowdsourced from the public through social media and a series of
roadshows. In association with RTÉ and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). Until 31st August 2018.
Temporary Exhibition. All Ages. Free Admission

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Summer Knits

NMI Knitting Circle03/08/2018 and 17/08/2018 11 am – 1 pm
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. Drop-in Activity. Adults & Children 7+

NMI Country Life Museum Harvest Stories

Harvest Stories with Carmel Balfe

15/08/2018 11.30 am – 1 pm & 2 pm – 3.30 pm
Join artist and puppeteer Carmel Balfe to investigate the harvest, the different jobs that had to be done and the different people and animals who did them. Then imagine and create your own characters and their stories based around this special time of year.
Booking required ([email protected] or +353 (0) 94 9031751). Junior Activity. Adults with Children 3-6

National Treasures: Designed Objects as Social History

18/08/2018 2 pm – 3 pm
Designed objects are literally ideas in physical form; almost everything we use or come in contact with has been designed. Join National Treasures curator Linda King as she examines some of the exhibitions everyday objects and the circumstances surrounding their making, to gain insight into the interests of a society at any particular moment in history.
Booking required ([email protected] or +353 (0) 94 9031751). Talk. Adults & Children 12+

Fashion Talk

18/08/2018 3.30 pm – 4.30 pm
National Treasures curator Ruth Griffin will talk through how fashion objects and fashion history is a lost aspect of our culture and how the objects and stories gathered for National Treasures can give us a unique and fascinating angle on Irish history.
Talk. Adults & Children 12+

NMI Country Life Museum Meath Travellers Workshop

Meath Travellers Workshop Ltd

22/08/2018 10.30 am – 4 pm
Meath Travellers Workshops Ltd re-create a real life picture of Traveller life in the 1950’s; Come along to see a fully restored Barrel Top Wagon, a traditional tent, a flat cart, working tin-smith, storytelling Traveller woman and of course, a camp-fire.
No booking required. Drop-in Activity. All Ages.

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

NMI National Museum of Ireland Decorative Arts & History

Summer Public Tour

NMI Collins Barracks MuseumWednesday 1, 8, 15, 22, 29/08/2018 1pm – 1.45pm
Saturday 4, 11, 18, 25/08/2018 1pm – 1.45pm
See the highlights of Collins Barracks and the Museum’s Decorative Arts & History collections every Wednesday and Saturday for the month of August! Tour costs 2.50 euro per person, tickets can be purchased on the day at the Museum shop.
No booking required. All ages.
Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History)

Hands on History: Dress to Impress

12/08/2018 3pm – 4pm
Join our Museum educators in an exciting drop-in handling session for all ages, a chance to explore the clothing and outfits from the museum collection of objects for handling and try some on for size.
No booking required. All ages.

Grow Your Story

19/08/2018 2pm – 4.30pm
Bring Clarke Square to life with chalk stories and pictures. Add your family story to our big picture tree with artist Claire Halpin.
Drop-in. No booking required. All ages.

National Museum of Ireland conservation stucios Collins Barracks Decorative Arts and History

Tour of the Conservation Studio

23/08/2018 2.30 pm – 4 pm
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. [email protected] Adults & children age 12+

NMI Collins Barracks Museum Recovered Voices Tour

Public Tour: Recovered Voices

26/08/2018 3 pm – 3.45 pm
Join a public tour of Recovered Voices 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. Adults & children age 12+

NMI Collins Barracks Museum Culture Club Silver

Culture Club: Silver in Georgian Ireland

26/08/2018 3 pm – 3.45 pm
A talk by Dr. Alison FitzGerald that explores the making and selling of silverware in Georgian Ireland. The tour will examine what these objects meant to those who bought,sold and coveted them during that period and will investigate how changing fashions in dress, dining and elite sociability influenced the types of silver objects that were in demand.
Booking Required, please email [email protected] All ages.

National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare St., Dublin

NMI National Museum of Ireland Archaeology

NMI Archaeology Museum The Bog TrailTreasures of the Bog Trail

01/08/2018 12pm – 2pm
Bogs are fascinating places for archaeologists. Take our Treasures of the Bog trail to learn more about the unusual artefacts found in bogs – from butter, to books and even an entire boat! Uncover the secrets of Ireland’s wetlands then make a bog treasure armlet of your own to take home.
No booking required. Located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Families with children 8+. Free Admission. Drop-In activity.

Prehistory Mysteries – Humans and the Natural World

04/08/2018 2pm – 3.30pm
NMI Archaeology Museum Prehistory MysteriesPop in and have a chat with our Museum Educators who will have an array of replica artefacts and raw materials which you can pick up and examine. Discover how humans cleverly used antler, wood, and clay in centuries past – long before there was plastic!
No booking required. Located in the Prehistoric Ireland exhibition, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible. All ages. Drop-In Activity.

Amazing Amber

08/08/2018 12pm – 2pm
NMI Archaeology Museum Amazing AmberAmber is amazing. People used this beautiful material in the Bronze Age, in Early Christian Ireland and even in Viking Dublin. Drop-in to the Museum to uncover the mystery of where all this amber came from, handle some real 33-million-year old amber, then make your own marbled beads from air dough to take home!
No booking required. Located in Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not wheelchair accessible. Families. Drop-in Activity

NMI National Museum of Ireland Archaeology Torc
Treasures of the National Museum Tour

10/08/2018 11am – 11.45am
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+.

NMI Archaeology Museum Flint
Meet the Flint Stones

11/08/2018 2pm – 4pm
Did you know that you can use flint stone not only to catch, but also to cook your dinner?! Drop into the Kildare Room to find out why flint was so important to people living in Stone Age Ireland. Meet archaeologist Dave O’Reilly to handle amazing replica stone tools and weapons to learn more about all the ways that people living in Ireland thousands of years ago used stone to their advantage.
No booking required. Located in the Kildare Room. Wheelchair accessible. Drop-In Activity. All ages.

NMI Archaeology Museum Precious PotsPrehistory Mysteries – Precious Pots

15/08/2018 12pm – 1.30pm
Pop in and have a chat with our Museum Educators who will have some beautiful examples of replica pots from the Stone and Bronze Ages. Handle the replica pots, ask our educators questions and discover how people in the past achieved beautiful decoration and incredible shapes using their bare hands and even their fingernails!
No booking required. Located in the Prehistoric Ireland exhibition, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. All Ages. Free Admission.

National Heritage Week 2018
Heritage Week Story Trail: The Myths and Legends of Ireland

18/08/2018 2pm – 4pm
Begin your story trail of the Myths and Legends of Ireland at the reception where you will meet museum educators to help you on your way. Then follow the trail and answer the question as you go through the museum to discover how some of the objects feature in Ireland’s ancient stories such as ‘The Salmon of Knowledge’ and the ‘Táin Bó Cúailgne’. Don’t forget to check your answers and hand in your entry in before you leave so, that you will be in with a chance to win a special prize! After you’ve finished you can get hands-on with replicas of some of the objects you saw on your trail, from the oldest fish trap in Ireland to early medieval cloaks and brooches!
No booking required. Meet at Reception. Partially wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Families

Heritage Week Story Trail: The Myths and Legends of Ireland

18/08/2018 to 26/08/2018 During Museum Opening Hours
Throughout Heritage Week, follow on our special trail to explore the Myths and Legends of Ireland through objects at the National Museum. Pick up a trail in reception and follow the clues through the museum to see what archaeological objects appear in some of our favourite Myths and Legends including ‘The Salmon of Knowledge’ and ‘The Táin Bó Cúailgne’. When you are done, hand in your completed trail at reception with a chance to win a special prize. Don’t forget to bring a pencil.
No booking required. Partially wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Families

Heritage Week: Brilliant Brooches!

NMI Archaeology Brilliant Brooches22/08/2018 12pm to 2pm
There are some beautiful brooches to be seen at the National Museum of Ireland, from the famous ‘Tara’ Brooch of Early Christian Ireland, to brooches worn by Viking women, and even brooches given to show love in Medieval times. But what stories can these brooches tell about the people who made and used them? Find out by popping into the Museum and then make your own brooch to take home!
No booking required. Located in the Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Families ages 6+

Ardagh Challice and Tara Broches NMI National Musuem of Ireland ArchaeologyHeritage Week Tour: Treasures of the National Museum

23/08/2018 11am to 11.45am
Learn how archaeology can help uncover the stories behind the manufacture, use and discovery 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+

Heritage Week: Treasures of the National Museum

25/08/2018 2pm to 4pm
NMI Archaeology Museum Bog Trail TreasuresBogs are fascinating places for archaeologists. Take our Treasures of the Bog trail to learn more about the unusual artefacts found in bogs, from butter, to books and even an entire boat! Uncover the secrets of Ireland’s wetlands then make a bog armlet treasure of your own to take home.
Meet educators Annie Birney and Trisha Ryan to discover and get hand’s on with the replica handling collection, to discover why Ireland’s bogs preserved so many artefacts.
No booking required. Located in Kildare Room Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Ages 8+.

National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Merrion St., Dublin

NMI National Museum of Ireland Natural History

busy bees
Seasonal Activity Sheet- Busy Bees!

01/08/2018 – 31/08/2018 During Opening Hours
Autumn is a busy season with nature 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 in the Reception Area and in the Irish
Room. Don’t forget your pencil! Wheelchair accessible. Families.

NMI Natural History Museum Whales by Padraig Whooley

Photo Credit Padraig Whooley

The Secret Life of Whales & Dolphins with IWDG

01/08/2018 11am to 1pm
Drop into the Discovery Zone and find out about whales and dolphins with the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. See some whale baleen and skulls, and find out how these underwater mammals feed and communicate.
No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. All ages.

NMI Natural History Museum What's for Dinner Skulls
Inspectorium: What’s for Dinner

02/08/2018 11am to 1pm
Do chimpanzees only eat bananas? Peek inside the mouths of different animals and match their skulls to the different foods that they eat, during this drop-in activity!
No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible. Drop-In Activity. Families

Inspectorium: Catch me if you can!

09/08/2018 11am to 1pm
Some animals hide to conceal themselves from predators and others hide to sneak up on their prey. During this drop-in session at the Discovery Zone, find the animal that is hiding in its environment!
No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Families.

The Meg and other Creatures of the Deep!

09/08/2018 3.30pm
NMI Natural History Museum Creatures from the DeepWhat creatures of the deep live in Irish waters today? Join Educator, Geraldine Breen, for a special tour to celebrate the extinct Megalodon, the largest shark of them all, during this tour of the Irish Room.
No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Wheelchair accessible. Tour. Ages 8+.

The Dead Zoo Tour
https://www.museum.ie/Natural-History/Events-Projects
11/08/2018 12 pm & 2 pm
Join Educator, Sarah Sarsfield, for an introductory tour of the galleries and catch highlights from the 10,000 specimens on display at the Dead Zoo. Learn about the animal with the largest antlers in the world and hear the infamous story of how we got our polar bear.
No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Not wheelchair accessible. Tour. Ages 8+.

Irish Women in Science: Maude and the Jellyfish

16/08/2018 11 am – 1 pm
NMI Natural History Museum Maude and the Jellyfish TourWhat does a baby jellyfish look like and why was Irishwoman, Maude Delap, keeping them in her house over 100 years ago? To celebrate her pioneering scientific work, drop into the Discovery Zone at the Museum to learn more about Maude and her homemade aquarium. No booking required but there may be a short waiting period during busy times. Wheelchair
accessible. Drop-in Activity. Ages 8+.

Heritage Week: Sharing Stories at the Dead Zoo

18/08/2018 12 pm & 2 pm
What animal on display has plastic horns and who has the largest antlers in the world? Join zoologist, Sarah Sarsfield, on a tour of stories from the Dead Zoo. No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Not wheelchair accessible.
No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Not wheelchair accessible. Tour. Ages 8+.

NMI Natural History Museum Tour and Talk
African Stories and Tails

16/08/2018 11 am & 12 pm
Join Storyteller, Adekunle Gomez, from the African Cultural Project and Africa Institute in Ireland, and discover where stories come from, including the tails of a monkey, elephant and sea turtle! Pre-booking essential.
Please book by contacting [email protected] or calling 01 6486 316. Not wheelchair accessible. Talk. Families.

The King and the Arctic Fox

22/08/2018 11 am & 1 pm
What was a king doing in the Museum in 1913 and what did the Arctic Fox find during his mission in 1851? During this hands-on session, discover the stories behind two of the largest carnivores on display.
No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Not wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Ages 8+.

peregrine falconPop-up Chat: What is Falconry?

23/08/2018 12.30 pm
Meet Ellen Hagen from the Museum of Archaeology at the University of Stavanger, Norway for a quick chat in the Irish Room about Falconry; the history with emphasis on the Vikings; the technique and the story of Farah the Saker Falcon.
No booking required. This talk will be 20 minutes long and is based in the Irish Room beside the Birds of Prey cabinet. Wheelchair accessible. Talk. Adults and Children 7+

July 2018 Events at The National Museums of Ireland

BOOKING INFORMATION:

Visit the National Museum of Ireland Events Calendar to see all events taking place at the 4 sites.

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

NMI National Museum of Ireland Decorative Arts & History

Six Word Story

06/07/2018 – 30/09/2018 During Opening Hours
Can you tell a story in just six words? Visit the Museum during the summer and write a six word story inspired by any of the objects on exhibition and add your story to our special story exhibition at the Museum.
No booking required. Drop-in-Activity. All Ages. Free Admission.

Summer Family Workshop: Sunday Portraits

NMI National Museum of Ireland glass workshop08/07/2018 – 08/07/2018 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Join Róisín de Buitléar in a hands-on glass workshop to discover the beauty of glass and learn some techniques and skills in glass-making! Open to all ages and materials are provided.
Booking Required. Workshop. Families. Free Admission.

Hands on Design: Symbols of Ireland

NMI National Museum of Ireland Symbols of Ireland15/07/2018 – 15/07/2018 3pm-4pm
Explore and learn about some of the hidden meanings behind the Irish symbols. Join our Museum educators in an exciting drop-in handling session for all ages, using the Museum’s collection of objects for handling.
No Booking Required. Drop-in Activity. All Ages. Free Admission.

Culture Club: Stories of 19th Century Women in Soldiers & Chiefs

27/07/2018 – 27/07/2018 11.30am-1pm
A tour of the Soldiers & Chiefs exhibition, in the company of Siobhán Pierce, will be a journey through the 19th century as experienced by women. This tour will explore the objects on display that relate to the lives of Irish women between the 1840s and 1914 and will examine some stories of women who lived in Dublin 7 at that time.
Booking required. Tour. All Ages. Free Admission.

Geology for Beginners

28/07/2018 – 28/07/2018 10am-4pm
Drop in to learn more about how geologists work! Join staff and volunteers from the Natural History Museum who’ll explain all about Ireland’s rocks and visit the temporary exhibition, Stones, Slabs and Seascapes displaying watercolours by George Victor Du Noyer who taught himself geology with some help from his friends.
No booking required. Drop-in Activity. All Ages. Free Admission.

Public Tour: Proclaiming a Republic

national museum of Ireland Collins Barracks proclaiming a republic

29/07/2018 – 29/07/2018 3pm-3.45pm
Join a family friendly public tour of Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising exhibition. Explore some of the highlights of the Museum’s extensive Easter Week collection.
No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Tour. All Ages. Free Admission.

National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Merrion St., Dublin

NMI National Museum of Ireland Natural History

Seasonal Activity Sheet- Summer Sun!

summer sun seasonal activity sheet for national musuem of Ireland Natural History

01/07/2018 – 31/07/2018 During Opening Hours
For some animals, it is warm all year long, depending on where they live – follow the Summer Sun trail to find out more!
Copies of this activity sheet trail are available at the stands in Reception and the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil! Partially wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Families. Free Admission.

Inspectorium: Teeth and Tusks

NMI National Museum of ireland discovery zone

5/07/2018 – 5/07/2018 11am-1pm
Do you know your teeth from your tusks? What are the different types of teeth that humans and animals share? Drop into the Discovery Zone to learn about this and more!
No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Families. Free Admission.

Can I get the bill please? with Jamie Durrant

NMI National Museum of ireland birds with Jamie Durrant

11/07/2018 – 11/07/2018 11.30am-1.30pm
Why do birds have different shaped beaks? Learn about the amazing adaptations of birds’ beaks and get to touch real skulls, bones and feathers during this drop-in activity, with bird expert Jamie Durrant.
No booking required but there may be a short waiting time. Not wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. All Ages. Free Admission.

Inspectorium: What’s for dinner?

12/07/2018 – 12/07/2018 11am-1pm
Do chimpanzees only eat bananas? Peek inside the mouths of different animals and match their skulls to the different foods that they eat, during this drop-in activity!
No booking required but there may be a short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Families. Free Admission.

NMI National Museum of ireland chimpanzees

The Dead Zoo Tour

14/07/2018 – 14/07/2018 12pm & 2pm
Join Educator, Sarah Sarsfield for an introductory tour of the galleries and catch highlights from the 10,000 specimens on display at the Dead Zoo. Learn about the animal with the largest antlers in the world and hear the infamous story of how we got our polar bear.
No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Not wheelchair accessible. Tour. Ages 8+. Free Admission.

Inspectorium: Catch me if you can!

19/07/2018 – 19/07/2018 11am-1pm
Some animals hide to conceal themselves from predators and others hide to sneak up on their prey. During this drop-in session at the Discovery Zone, find the animal that is hiding in its environment!
No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Families. Free Admission.

Irish Women in Science: Maude and the Jellyfish

21/07/2018 – 21/07/2018 11am-1pm
What does a baby jellyfish look like and why was Irishwoman, Maude Delap, keeping them in her house over 100 years ago? To celebrate her pioneering scientific work, drop into the Discovery Zone at the Museum to learn more about Maude and her homemade aquarium.
No booking required but there may be a short waiting period during busy times. Wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Ages 8+. Free Admission

Inspectorium: Looking Back

NMI National Museum of ireland fossils

26/07/2018 – 26/07/2018 11am-12pm
It is not easy for fossils to form. It is a little like Goldilocks; conditions have to be just right! Drop-into the Discovery Zone for this hands-on session, learn more about how fossils form and touch real ancient fossil creatures that lived over 400 million years ago!
No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Families. Free Admission.

The Dead Zoo Tour

28/07/2018 – 28/07/2018 12pm & 2pm
Join Educator, Sarah Sarsfield, for an introductory tour of the galleries and catch highlights from the 10,000 specimens on display at the Dead Zoo. Learn about the animal with the largest antlers in the world and hear the infamous story of how we got our polar bear.
No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Not wheelchair accessible. Tour. Ages 8+. Free Admission.

National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare St., Dublin

NMI National Museum of Ireland Archaeology

Precious Gifts and Where to Find Them!

NMI National Museum of ireland precious object found underground

07/07/2018 – 07/07/2018 2pm – 4pm
Archaeologists often find precious objects under the ground. 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. Drop-in Activity. Families with children 6+. Free Admission.

Summer Sun Discs!

11/07/2018 – 11/07/2018 12pm – 2pm
In Early Bronze Age Ireland, people made beautiful gold discs that looked like the sun. Drop in to find out more about these precious objects and make your own shining sun disc!
No booking required. Located in Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not wheelchair Accessible. Drop-in Activity. Families with children 6+. Free Admission.

How to Catch your Dinner!

NMI National Museum of ireland how to catch your dinner

14/07/2018 – 14/07/2018 2pm – 4pm
During the Stone Age in Ireland, people had to go exploring to find their dinner. Take a look at our prehistoric handling collection and see if you can figure out how each of the objects were used by people to hunt, collect and fish for their dinner!
No booking required. Located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair Accessible. Drop-in Activity. Families with children 8+. Free Admission.

Prehistory Mysteries – Humans and the Natural World

18/07/2018 – 18/07/2018 12pm – 1.30pm
Pop in and have a chat with our Museum Educators who will have an array of replica artefacts and raw materials which you can pick up and examine. Discover how humans cleverly used antler, wood, and clay in centuries past – long before there was plastic!
No booking required. Located in the Prehistoric Ireland exhibition, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. All Ages. Free Admission.

Tour: The Bog Bodies

NMI National Museum of ireland bog bodies

20/07/2018 – 20/07/2018 1pm – 1.45pm
Join this tour to examine Iron Age finds from Ireland’s wetlands including bog butter and learn about the discovery of the 2,000-year-old bog bodies which are of international scientific significance.
No booking required. Places allocated on a first come basis, meet at Reception. Wheelchair accessible. Tour. Ages 14+. Free Admission.

Megalithic Big Draw!

21/07/2018 – 21/07/2018 2pm – 4pm
Take part in our Big Draw and decorate our giant paper with megalithic and cave art at the Museum! Learn all about the different designs used by people in the Stone Age to decorate prehistoric tombs in Ireland and create your own hand-print cave art.
No booking required. Located in the Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Families. Free Admission.

Prehistory Mysteries – Precious Pots

NMI National Museum of ireland cooking pot

25/07/2018 – 25/07/2018 12pm – 1.30pm
Pop in and have a chat with our Museum Educators who will have some beautiful examples of replica pots from the Stone and Bronze Ages. Handle the replica pots, ask our educators questions and discover how people in the past achieved beautiful decoration and incredible shapes using their bare hands and even their fingernails!
No booking required. Located in the Prehistoric Ireland exhibition, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. All Ages. Free Admission.

Meet the Flint- Stones!

28/07/2018 – 28/07/2018 2pm – 4pm
Did you know that you can use flint stone not only to catch, but also to cook your dinner?! Drop into the Kildare Room to find out why flint was so important to people living in Stone Age Ireland. Meet archaeologist Dave O’Reilly to handle amazing replica stone tools and weapons to learn more about all the ways that people living in Ireland thousands of years ago used stone to their advantage.
No booking required. Located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. All Ages. Free Admission

Treasures of the National Museum Tour

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29/07/2018 – 29/07/2018 3pm – 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.

National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Mayo

NMI National Museum of Ireland Country Life

Celebrating ‘Our Irish Women’

NMI National Museum of ireland celebrating Irish women

01/07/2018 – 31/07/2018 Online & During opening hours
In 1918, the right to vote was extended to include women over 30. To commemorate this centenary and the vital contribution of women to Irish life and society, we are seeking information on Irish women that have made a difference to YOUR community or locality. One woman will be chosen to feature in the Our Irish Women exhibition, opening at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life in October. For more information visit www.ouririshheritage.org.
Temporary Exhibition. All Ages. Free Admission.

Travellers’ Journey

01/07/2018 – 31/07/2018 During opening hours
Travellers’ Journey will explore the rich culture, traditions and crafts of the west of Ireland Traveller community. This exhibition aims to encourage discussion and appreciation of the unique heritage and ethnicity of Travellers. This temporary exhibition is co-curated with the Western Regional Traveller Health Network. Temporary Exhibition. All Ages. Free Admission.

National Treasures – The Exhibition

NMI National Museum of ireland national treasures

01/07/2018 – 31/07/2018 During opening hours
An exhibition of ordinary little objects with big stories to tell, based on the RTÉ television programme National Treasures – A Peoples’ Archive. Exploring aspects of the social history of the four provinces of Ireland over the last 100 years, the objects in the exhibition were crowdsourced from the public through social media and a series of roadshows. In association with RTÉ and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). Until 31st August 2018.
Temporary Exhibition. All Ages. Free Admission.

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Summer Knits

06/07/2018 – 06/07/2018 11am – 1pm & 20/07/2018 – 20/07/2018 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. Drop-in Activity. Adults & Children 7+. Free Admission.

Uncovering the Ordinary Experience of Extraordinary Times

28/07/2018 – 28/07/2018 2pm – 3pm
In this talk, National Treasures curator Dr Richard McElligott, will explore the concept behind the National Treasures project and exhibition and will discuss some of his own favourite items which were donated by the public and which illuminate the ordinary persons experience of the violent years surrounding the emergence of the independent Free State and the political partition of this island.
Booking required. Talk. Adults & Children 12+. Free Admission.

‘The Emotions and Rhythms of Irish life’

NMI National Museum of ireland extraordinary times

28/07/2018 – 28/07/2018 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Join National Treasures curator Roisín Higgins for a talk about how objects store memories and emotions that tell the stories of our lives. A little picture box made in a TB sanatorium, a Crolly doll or a First World War bullet are personal keepsakes that reveal the history of Ireland in all its variety. Through these objects and more Roisín discusses what we have learnt from the National Treasures project.
Talk. Adults & Children 12+. Free Admission.

June 2018 Events at The National Museums of Ireland

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

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Hands on History: Life in Victorian Ireland at National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks on Sunday 10th June 3pm-4pm What did women wear when visiting friends for tea 150 years ago? How did we make tea before the invention of the tea bag? What were soldiers’ uniforms like to wear, and why did some soldiers’ helmets have a spike? Drop in and explore fascinating objects from the Museum’s collection for handling relating to life in 19th century Ireland. No booking required. All Ages

Stoneybatter Festival runs from Friday 22nd June – Sunday 24th June and showcases everything this great part of Dublin has to offer. For the second year running, the National Museum of Ireland is working with festival organisers on this year’s programme – look out for festival events including a family workshop with Artist in Residence at Collins Barracks, Róisín de Buitléar:

stoneybatter festivalStoneybatter Festival Family Workshop: Birds in the City! Saturday 23rd June 10.30am – 12.30pm. Chirp, cheep, flutter and fly to this colourful handson art workshop with Artist in Residence Róisín de Buitléar! Get involved in the local Stoneybatter Festival, discover more about city birds and join in designing and making our festival flock ready to take flight for the weekend festivities!

Booking required. Workshop. All Ages. Free Admission.

National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare St., Dublin

Summer Sun Discs! Saturday 16th June 2pm-4pm In Early Bronze Age Ireland, people made beautiful gold discs to look like the sun. Drop in to find out more about these precious objects and make your own shining sun disc! No booking required. Located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair Accessible Event Type: Drop-in Activity

Bone Stories! Saturday 23rd June 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. No booking required. Located in Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not wheelchair accessible.
Drop-in Activity Ages 10+

National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Merrion St., Dublin

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Seasonal Activity Sheet – Summer Sun! 1st – 30th June 2018 – During Opening Hours. For some animals, it is warm all year long, depending on where they live – follow the Summer Sun trail to find out more! Copies of this activity sheet trail are available at the stands in Reception and the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil! Wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Families. Free Admission.

Family Tours: Animal Lottery with Catherine McGuinness at National Museum of Ireland Natural History on Saturday 9th June 12pm & 2pm You decide the route of the tour by having an animal lottery! Be prepared for a lot of walking! No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Not wheelchair accessible. All ages

batsThe Secret Life of Bats with Bat Conservation Ireland at National Museum of Ireland Natural History on Saturday 16th June 11am-1pm. Drop into the Discovery Zone and meet with Anna and all the gang from the Kildare Bat Group. During this hands-on session, discover the different species that live in Ireland and their night-time behaviours. No booking required but there may be a short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible. All ages

National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Mayo

The next Knitting & Crochet Circle: Summer Knits takes place on Friday 1st June and Friday 15th June 11am – 1pm at National Museum of Ireland Country Life. 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. Drop-in Activity for ages 7+

There are two fun family workshops at National Museum of Ireland Country Life on Saturday 16th June: The Deep Blue Sea 11:30am – 12:30pm adults + kids 3-6 years, 2-3pm adults + kids 7+ Explore the objects in our fishing collection and then recreate the sounds of the sea through rhythm and percussion instruments with musician Mary Curran. Booking required.

fathers day traditional gamesEnjoy Traditional Games for Father’s Day at National Museum of Ireland Country Life on Sunday 17th June 2:30pm – 3:30pm. Join the Education team for Father’s Day to try your hand at some of Ireland’s traditional street and playground games. Play a round of Irish or English skittles, try some “Welly Wanging” or take a turn at a game of “Horseshoes”. Bring your own Wellies! Booking required. Ages 7+

May 2018 Events at The National Museums of Ireland

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

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Hands on History: School days

13th May 2018 – 3pm – 4pm

Join the Museum educators in an exciting drop-in handling session for all ages, using the Museum’s collection of objects for handling. Explore and learn about the history of education and discover key objects used in the classroom during specific time periods.

No booking required. Drop-in-Activity. All Ages. Free Admission.

Tour of Conservation Studios

May 17th 2018 – 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. Tour. Adults & Children 12+. Free Admission.

National Drawing Day 2018: Tapestry Tales

19th May 2018 – 2.00pm & 3.30pm

To mark National Drawing Day 2018 we invite you to drop in and discover the joys of drawing with our workshop Tapestry Tales. Join us to create a large scale tapestry drawing inspired by stories from the Museum’s collection. Tapestry Tales is a collaborative workshop for all age groups that looks at the practice of drawing through observational and drawing techniques.

No booking required. Drop-in-Activity. All Ages. Free Admission.

Public Tour: Proclaiming a Republic

27th May 2018 – 3.00pm

Join a public tour of Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising exhibition. Explore some of the highlights of the Museum’s extensive Easter Week collection.

No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Tour. Adults & Children 12+. Free Admission.

National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare St., Dublin

ardagh chalice National Museum of Ireland

National Drawing Day!: Storyboard how the Ardagh Chalice was lost and found!

19th May 2018 – 11am – 12pm

To celebrate National Drawing Day, join award winning children’s illustrator Mark Wickham to storyboard how the Ardagh Chalice was discovered. The chalice and its hoard were hidden away in the 9th century; a time when the Vikings first travelled to Ireland and raided monasteries in the search for treasure and precious objects. The hoard was rediscovered 150 years ago by a boy digging potatoes at a ringfort and today, remains one of Ireland’s most iconic objects.

Booking Required, please email [email protected] or call 01-6486 332. Located in the Learning Resource Room. Not Wheelchair accessible.

  • Workshop. Ages 6-10. Free Admission
  • Workshop. Ages 11-16. Free Admission

Gold, Amber and Bronze – Discovering Bronze Age Ireland

May 26th 2018 – 2.30pm – 3.15pm

Join Museum educator Trisha Ryan to take a look at the newly refurbished Ór – Ireland’s Gold Exhibition. Learn about the raw materials used by the Bronze Age people of Ireland and how objects, such as the Lunula, Sun Discs and Gorgets, were made and the special meanings and properties they held for people.

No booking required. Places allocated on a first come basis, meet at reception. Wheelchair accessible. Tour. Ages 12+. Free Admission.

National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Merrion St., Dublin

summer sun seasonal activity sheet for national musuem of Ireland Natural History

Seasonal Activity Sheet- Summer Sun!

1st May to 31st May 2018 – During Opening Hours

For some animals, it is warm all year long, depending on where they live – follow the Summer Sun trail to find out more!
Copies of this activity sheet trail are available at the stands in Reception and the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil!

Wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Families. Free Admission.

The Secret Life of Birds with BirdWatch Ireland

12th May 2018 – 11am – 1pm

Drop into the Discovery Zone and meet the team from Birdwatch Ireland. During this hands-on session, learn about the dawn chorus and why it is such an important time of year for all the different birds living in Ireland.

No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. All Ages. Free Admission.

Biodiversity Week with the Herpetological Society of Ireland

26th May 2018 – 11am – 1pm

Join Rob Gandola and Collie Ennis in the Discovery Zone for a hands-on session to learn about biodiversity in Ireland including the secret lives of our native reptiles and amphibians!

No booking required but there may be a short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. All Ages. Free Admission.

National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Mayo

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 National Treasures – The Exhibition

1st May 2018 to August 2018 – During Opening hours

An exhibition of ordinary little objects with big stories to tell, based on the RTÉ television programme National Treasures – A Peoples’ Archive. This exhibition explores aspects of the social history of the four provinces of Ireland over the last 100 years. The objects in the exhibition were crowdsourced from the public through social media and a series of roadshows. The exhibition continues until August 2018 and is staged in association with RTÉ and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI).

Exhibition. All Ages. Free Admission.

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Summer Knits

4th May 2018 & 18th May 2018 – 11.00am – 1.00pm

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. Drop-in Activity. Adults & Children 7+. Free Admission.

April 2018 Events at The National Museums of Ireland

National Museum of Ireland glass exhibition

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

Who’s fooling who?

April 1st to 8th 2018

Take a special family trail through the Decorative Arts galleries in the Museum and see if you can find out what’s the true object description. Trail available at Museum reception. Drop in activity for all ages.

CAUTION! Fragile – Irish Glass Family Tour

Friday 6th April 1.00pm – 1.30pm
Come and experience Glass like you’ve never seen or heard it before! A chance to take a tour of this new exhibition with Artist in Residence Róisín de Buitléar, and explore glass swords, bells and musical instruments on display in this diverse and family friendly exhibition. No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts.

Dublin’s Culture Connects: The National Neighbourhood

April 25th 1pm-2pm
‘People of the Tolka River Valley’ is a performance of songs and artwork created by communities in Cabra and Finglas including a celebration of Irish Sign Language. The project is the culmination of a partnership project with Dublin City Council’s Dublin’s Culture Connects, The Deaf Village, and local communities and schools working with artists Susan McKeown, Jane Groves and Claire Halpin. Join us to see Clarke Square light up with sights and sounds inspired by local treasures of Dublin 7! No booking required. Audience: All Ages

Public Tour: Recovered Voices

April 29th 3pm-3.45pm
Join a public tour of Recovered Voices 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. Audience: Adults & Children 12+

National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare St., Dublin

 

Secrets in Stone: Exploring Ogham Writing

Saturday 7th April 11.00am – 1.00pm
Drop in to our Learning Resource Room to explore the secret writings on early medieval ogham stones, the earliest form of writing found in Ireland. Create a secret message and make your own mini ogham stone to take home.
No booking required. Located in the Learning Resource Room 1st Floor. Not wheelchair accessible. Drop-in-Activity. Ages 8+.

See some of the most amazing Treasures of Ireland

Sunday 15th April 2.30pm – 3.15pm
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.

National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Merrion St., Dublin

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Spring Into Action!

During the month of April

Drop in to the Museum and try the Spring Activity Trail. Copies of this activity sheet are available at the stands in Reception and the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil!

National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Mayo

 

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Springtime Patterns

April 6th & 20th 11.00am – 1.00pm
Update your style for Spring. Join the group to work on your knitting and crochet skills, swap patterns and get advice. Beginners welcome. No booking required.
Drop-in Activity. Adults & Children 7+.  Free Admission.

Easter Design and Create Workshop

April 6th 2pm-3pm
Egg Decorating Workshop Join artist Veronika Straberger to learn about the tradition of egg painting in Ireland and elsewhere. Then have a go at decorating your own Easter Egg. Booking required. Audience: Families with children 7-12

The Seven Virtues of the Rising

April 28th 2pm – 3pm
First published in April 1918, Pádraic Ó Conaire’s Seacht mBua an Éirí Amach (Seven Virtues of the Rising) 1882-1928 is a collection of seven fictional stories set around the Easter Rising. To mark its centenary, join Brendan McGowan to learn about the writer and what has been called ‘his last important creative work’. Booking required. Audience: Adults & Children 12+

March 2018 Events at The National Museums of Ireland

Whats on in Dublin for Famiiles

BOOKING INFORMATION:

Visit the National Museum of Ireland Events Calendar to see all events taking place at the 4 sites.

National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare St., Dublin

Thóg Tráil – Take a Trail

During Opening Hours, 1st March to 17th March

Chun Seachtain na Gaeilge 2018 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 2018, 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.
Drop-in Activity. Ages 7-12

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2018: Ollphéisteanna, gaiscígh agus laochra – finscéalta ón Ard- Mhúsaem

Monsters, warriors and heroes – legends from the National Museum

11/03/2018 – 11/03/2018 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Scéalta dátheangacha, Gaeilge agus Béarla, le Seosamh Ó Maolalaí, scéalaí. Bilingual stories, Irish and English, with Seosamh Ó Maolalaí, storyteller. Booking Required. Email [email protected] or phone 01-6486 332. Located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair Accessible.
Talk. Ages 10-16. Free Admission.

Treasures of the National Museum

18/03/2018 – 18/03/2018 2.30pm – 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.
Tour. Ages 7+. Free Admission.

Ancient Egyptian Animal Adventure!

National Museum of Ireland Archaeology Kildare Street Ancient Egyptian Animal Adventure24/03/2018 – 24/03/2018 11.30am – 1.30pm
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 African animals, then complete the trail at the Museum of Archaeology on Kildare Street where you will discover the ancient Egyptian animal gods! No booking required, located in the Learning Resource Room, 1st Floor. Not Wheelchair accessible.
Drop-in Activity. Families. Free Admission.

The Derrynaflan Hoard

28/03/2018 – 28/03/2018 1.00pm – 1.45pm
A lecture by Dr Michael Ryan, MRIA, Past-President of the Royal Irish Academy and former Director of the Chester Beatty Library, about one of the most spectacular artefacts from Early Christian Ireland. This talk will discuss how was the chalice made and for what purpose, and how does it relate to the other chalices of early medieval times? Booking Required. Please book by emailing [email protected] or calling 01 6486334.
Lecture. Ages 14+. Free Admission.

Treasures of the National Museum

31/03/2018 – 31/03/2018 11.00am – 11.45am
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.

National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Merrion St., Dublin

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Seasonal Activity Sheet – Spring into Action

During opening hours, March 1st to 31st

Spring has sprung so why not drop in to the Museum and try our Spring Activity Trail. Copies of this activity sheet are available at the stands in Reception and the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil!
Drop-in Activity. Audience: Families

The Natural History Public Tour

16/03/2018 – 16/03/2018 2.30pm – 3.15pm
Meet Museum Educator, Geraldine Breen, and discover the science and stories behind the collections on display during this free public highlights tour of the Museum of Natural History. No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Not wheelchair accessible.
Tour. All Ages. Free Admission.

Ancient Egyptian Animal Adventure!

24/03/2018 – 24/03/2018 11.00am – 1.00pm
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.
Drop-in Activity. Families. Free Admission.

Jamie’s Eggcellent Birds!

11am – 1pm, Thursday, March 29
Touch real bird eggs and feathers during this drop-in session with bird expert Jamie Durrant. Jamie has worked with Birdwatch Ireland and is on the Heritage Council’s school panel of experts. No booking required but there may be a short wait time. Suitable for children aged eight years plus.

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

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Seachtáin na Gaeilge

During Opening Hours, March 1st to 17th

Tar chugainn le trial a bhaint as Conair Gníomhaíochta trí Ghaeilge sa Mhúsaem, oiriúnach do pháistí idir 8 -12 bhlian d’aois, ar fáil le linn Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Drop in and try out a Museum activity trail in Irish, suitable for children aged 8 – 12 years old, available during Seachtain na Gaeilge. No booking required. Audience: Ages 8-12

Bilingual Public Tour/Turas Dátheangach Poiblí

04/03/2018 – 04/03/2018 3.00pm & 4.00pm
Glac páirt i dturas dátheangach ar thaispeántas Dearbhú na Poblachta: Éirí Amach 1916. Déan iniúchadh ar roinnt buaicphointí de bhailiúchán leathan Sheachtain na Cásca an Mhúsaem. Ní gá duit áit a chur in áirithe ach beidh áiteanna teoranta agus cuirfear iad ar fáil dóibh siúd a thagann ar dtús, cúig nóiméad déag roimh thosach an turais. Join a bilingual tour of Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising exhibition. Explore some of the highlights of the Museum’s extensive Easter Week collection. No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts.
Tour. Adults & Children 12+. Free Admission.

Artists Residency: Róisín de Buitléar

01/01/2018 – 31/12/2018 During Opening Hours
Internationally celebrated Irish Artist Róisín de Buitléar, is Artist in Residence for 2018. Róisín will have a studio on site at Collins Barracks throughout 2018, and an exciting and diverse public engagement programme is planned around the year’s residency. A collaborative glass exhibition, entitled CAUTION! Fragile Tradition in Transition opens at the Museum on 8th March 2018. For further information on this residency contact [email protected]
Various Events. All Ages. Free Admission.

In Kind: An exhibition of portraits by local artists

01/01/2018 – 11/03/2018 During Opening Hours
In Kind is an exhibition of portraits celebrating the contribution of community volunteers, and showcases work produced by members of the Henrietta Adult Community Education (HACE) and Phibsboro Active Retirement Association. This project was led by artist and educator Janine Davidson, and the groups’ portraits are a response to the Museum’s temporary exhibitions, Portrait of a Century and Joe Caslin’s The Volunteers.
Temporary Exhibition. All Ages. Free Admission.

Glass Workshop for Families/Ceardlann Ghloine do Chlanna

2.30pm – 4.30pm, Sunday, March 11
Enjoy a bilingual class in glass with renowned glass artist Róisín de Buitléar. Explore the art and skills of glass engraving with all materials provided. This is a special bilingual family workshop to celebrate Seachtain na Gaelige 2018. Suitable for all ages. Booking required.

Hands on History: Symbols of Ireland

18/03/2018 – 18/03/2018 3.00pm 4.00pm
Explore and learn about some of the hidden meanings behind the symbols of Ireland. Join our Museum educators in a fascinating drop-in handling session for all ages, using the Museum’s collection of objects for handling. No booking required.
Drop-in Activity. All Ages. Free Admission.

Public Tour: Proclaiming a Republic

national museum of Ireland Collins Barracks proclaiming a republic

25/03/2018 – 25/03/2018 3.00pm – 4.00pm
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. No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts.
Tour. Adults & Children 12+. Free Admission.

National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Mayo

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Knitting & Crochet Circle – Springtime Patterns

11am – 1pm, March 2nd & March 16th

Update your style for Spring. Join the group to work on your knitting and crochet skills, swap patterns and get advice. Beginners welcome. No booking required. Audience: Adults & Children 7+

New: Leaving Certificate History Revision Day

10am – 1.30pm March 3rd & March 10th

A free Late Modern Irish History revision session for Leaving Cert students led by Dr Yvonne McDermott, History Lecturer, GMIT Mayo campus on March 3rd and by Dr Fiona White, History Lecturer GMIT Mayo campus on March 10th.  Booking required.

Mother’s Day Make and Decorate

2.30pm – 3.30pm, Sunday, March 11
Join the National Print Museum for a special Mother’s Day gift making workshop. Use traditional and contemporary methods and materials to handcraft and decorate your own hardback book. Booking required. Suitable for adults and children aged seven years plus.

Connacht Textile Crafters

11.30am to 12.30pm & 3pm – 4pm, March 24th

The talented Connacht Textile Crafters (CTC) are holding two open sessions on wreath making for all seasons. The CTC work in a range of textile crafts, using both traditional and contemporary techniques. No booking required.Event Type: Drop-in Activity Audience: Adults & Children 12+

February 2018 Events at The National Museums of Ireland

national museum of Ireland events and workshops

BOOKING INFORMATION:

National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare St., Dublin

Medieval Knights and Ladies

2pm – 4pm, February 14th

In Medieval times a lady would give a knight a love token to carry into ‘battle’ for good luck. Join us to find out more about love and courting in Medieval times and to make your own love token to bring home. No booking required. Located in the Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not wheelchair accessible. Drop-in Activity. Families with children 8+

Artefact Detective

2pm – 4pm, Friday, February 16
Learn how to think like an archaeologist and try to solve the puzzle of some mystery objects! This is a drop-in session in the Kildare Room on the ground floor of the Museum. No booking required. Suitable for families with children aged eight years plus.

Viking Ireland

3pm – 3.45pm, February 25th

Did you know that Dublin was established by the Vikings? Take our Viking Ireland tour with museum educator Annie Birney to learn more about Viking raiders, traders and settlers, see the skeleton of a Viking warrior, and discover ice skates made of bone! No booking required. Places are limited and allocated on a first come basis. Meet at Reception. Not wheelchair accessible. Adults & Children 7+

National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Merrion St., Dublin

Seasonal Activity Sheet – Spring into Action

During opening hours, February 1st to 28th

Spring has sprung so why not drop in to the Museum and try our Spring Activity Trail. Copies of this activity sheet are available at the stands in Reception and the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil!
Drop-in Activity. Audience: Families

Meet the Relatives

11am – 1pm, Saturday, February 10
What’s the difference between a chimp, a gorilla and an orangutan. Meet a zoologist, investigate ape skulls and complete the primate trail to find out more about our closest relatives. No booking required but there may be a short wait time. Suitable for children aged eight years plus.

Family Tour: Animal Lottery with Catherine McGuinness

11.30am & 2.30pm, February 10th

You decide the route of the tour by having an animal lottery- be prepared for a lot of walking! No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Not wheelchair accessible. Audience: Families

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

Love tokens

Family Tour: Love Tokens

11am – 12pm, February 14th

An opportunity to explore the romantic histories of objects on display in the Museum’s collections with Lisa Flanagan, focusing on the fashion and furniture exhibitions, The Way We Wore and Irish Country Furniture. No booking required, places allocated on a first come basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Audience: Families

Chinese New Year Workshop

2.30pm – 4pm, Friday, February 16
Celebrate the Year of the Dog and learn all about Chinese New Year with this special art workshop for families. All art materials will be provided. Suitable for families with children aged seven years plus. Booking is required.

Hands on Design: Elegance or functionality, display or camouflage?

3pm – 4pm, February 18th

Drop in and explore the design of military uniforms, headwear and other equipment Irish men and women used while preparing for or fighting in different conflicts. A chance to test designs of objects from the Museum’s collection for handling. No booking required. All ages

Public Tour: Recovered Voices – Ireland and World War 1

3pm – 4pm, February 25th

Join a public tour of Recovered Voices 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. Audience: Adults & Children 12+

National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Mayo

National Museum of Ireland

Knitting & Crochet Circle – A Woolly Winter

11am – 1pm, February 2nd

Working on some winter woollies? Starting a new crochet project? Come along to our Knitting & Crochet Circle for some help, advice and a good auld yarn. Beginners welcome. No booking required. Drop-in Activity. Audience: Adults & Children 7+

Be My Valentine

2.30pm to 4.30pm, February 10th

Join artist Veronika Straberger for a Valentine’s themed creative writing workshop. Compose a love poem and make a unique card for that special someone. Booking required for workshop. Audience: Adults & Children 12+

You Could Draw That Blindfolded

2.30pm to 3.30pm, February 13th

Join artist Nuala Clarke for a fun and collaborative workshop for parents and children with a shared interest in art. With a little help, see if you can draw an object from our collections with your eyes closed. Booking required for workshop. Audience: Adults & Children 7+

Little Red Hen

2.30pm – 3.30pm, Thursday, February 15
Hear the story of the Little Red Hen and her friends, told through puppets, in this fun, interactive gallery session with Barbara Barclay. Hear the tale, handle objects from the collection and then make your own character. Booking required. Suitable for children aged three to six years.

Knitting & Crochet Circle – Springtime Patterns

11am – 1pm, February 16th

Update your style for Spring. Join the group to work on your knitting and crochet skills, swap patterns and get advice. Beginners welcome. No booking required. Audience: Adults & Children 7+

January 2018 Events at The National Museums of Ireland

Kildare street MuseumBOOKING INFORMATION:

National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare St., Dublin

Budding Scribes Calligraphy Workshop

National Museum of Ireland family events03/01/2018 – 03/01/2018 11.00am – 12.00pm & 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Did you know that there is a book in the museum which was preserved in a bog for over 1,000 years? Find out more about this amazing book, learn about the skill of the scribe in Medieval Ireland and then create your own example of calligraphy to take home. Booking required. Please email [email protected] or call 01 6486 334. Located in the Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not Wheelchair Accesible.
Workshop. Families with children Ages 10+. Free Admission.

Gold, Amber and Bronze – Discovering Bronze Age Ireland Tour

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04/01/2018 – 04/01/2018 1.00pm – 1.45pm
Join museum educator Trisha Ryan to take a look at the newly refurbished exhibition, Ór – Ireland’s Gold. Learn about the raw materials used by the Bronze Age people of Ireland and how objects, such as the Lunula, Sun Discs and Gorgets, were made and the special meanings and properties they held for people.

No Booking Required. Meet at Reception, places allocated on first come basis. Wheelchair Accessible.
Tour.

Ages 12+. Free Admission.

Precious Gifts and Where to Find them

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06/01/2018 – 06/01/2018 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.Drop-in Activity. Families with children 7+. Free Admission.

Treasures of the National Museum

20/01/2018 – 20/01/2018 2.30pm – 3.15pm
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.

National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Merrion St., Dublin

national museum of Ireland do not disturbSeasonal Activity Sheet – Do Not Disturb!

02/01/2018 – 31/01/2018 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.

A Selection Box of Natural History Mysteries

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06/01/2018 – 06/01/2018 11.00am – 1.00pm
Animal, fossil or mineral? Drop into the Discovery Zone today to check out our selection box of mysteries from the natural history handling collection. No booking required. Wheelchair accessible.
Drop-in Activity. Ages 8+. Free Admission.

Taxidermy: Creation & Conservation

27/01/2018 – 27/01/2018 10.00am – 1.00pm
How do natural history museums acquire and care for their collections in the 21st century? Drop into the Dead Zoo and meet ethical taxidermist, Jazmine Miles-Long, and natural history conservator, Lucie Mascord; see up close the techniques involved in mounting or stuffing an animal, and the skills in fixing, repairing and conserving bad and decaying taxidermy. No booking required. Not wheelchair accessible.
Drop-in Activity. Adults & Children 12+. Free Admission.

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

Artists Residency: Róisín de Buitléar

national museum of Ireland glass exhibitionDuring 2018
In January, the Museum welcomes internationally celebrated Irish Artist Róisín de Buitléar, as Artist in Residence for 2018. Róisín will have a studio on site at Collins Barracks throughout 2018, and an exciting and diverse public engagement programme is planned around the year’s residency. A collaborative glass exhibition, entitled CAUTION! Fragile Tradition in Transition opens at the Museum on 8th March 2018. For further information on this residency contact [email protected]
Various Events. All Ages. Free Admission.

In Kind: An exhibition of portraits by local artists

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01/01/2018 – 11/03/2018 During Opening Hours
In Kind is an exhibition of portraits celebrating the contribution of community volunteers, and showcases work produced by members of the Henrietta Adult Community Education (HACE) and Phibsboro Active Retirement Association. This project was led by artist and educator Janine Davidson, and the groups’ portraits are a response to the Museum’s temporary exhibitions, Portrait of a Century and Joe Caslin’s The Volunteers.
Temporary Exhibition. All Ages. Free Admission.

Armagh Rhymers

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02/01/2018 – 02/01/2018 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Join the Armagh Rhymers, one of Ireland’s most celebrated folk theatre ensembles, for their traditional seasonal performance at Collins Barracks. Take part in this annual tradition and see them sing, act, make music, dance, tell stories and act the clown, dressed in costume and beautifully crafted masks of flax, willow and straw. This January they will once again give voice to a tradition that dates back to 2,500 years. Suitable for all ages. No Booking Required, places allocated on a first come basis.
Performance. All Ages. Free Admission.

Hands on History: Childhood

21/01/2018 – 21/01/2018 3.00pm – 4.00pm
Drop in to discover objects from Museums handling collection relating to childhood and play. Join our Museum educators in an exciting drop-in handling session for all ages, using the Museum’s collection of objects for handling. No booking required.
Drop-in Activity. All Ages. Free Admission.

Public Tour: Eileen Gray

28/01/2018 – 28/01/2018 3.00pm – 4.00pm
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 & Children 7+. Free Admission.

National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Mayo

The Hoard and the Sword: Echoes of the Vikings in Mayo

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03/01/2018 – 28/01/2018 During Opening Hours

Last chance to see the Hoard and the Sword Exhibition. 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.

Nollaig na mBan. Women’s Little Christmas

national museum of Ireland country life Nollaig na mBan

06/01/2018 – 06/01/2018 2.00pm – 3.00pm

The 6th January is traditionally when women have their own Christmas celebration and the men took on their household duties. Join us to celebrate Nollaig na mBan with musician Emer Mayock and friends. All musicians and listeners are welcome. Drop in event. No booking required.Performance. All Ages. Free Admission.

Knitting & Crochet Circle: Fall Back to Winter

national Museum knitting and rochet circle at NMI Country LIfe Whats on

19/01/2018 – 19/01/2018 11.00am – 1.00pm

Have you made a resolution to try something different for the New Year? Come along to our Knitting & Crochet Circle for some help, advice and a good auld yarn. Beginners welcome. No booking required.Drop-in Activity. Adults & Children 7+. Free Admission.

Open Mic Afternoon: Museum Writers’ Group

21/01/2018 – 21/01/2018 2.30pm – 4.30pm

On a dark afternoon in deepest winter, feed your soul with poetry. Listen to a reading from Mayo poet Ger Reidy and enjoy stories and poems from the Museum’s Writers’ Group and other local writers. Take a seat and listen, or share your own poetry and prose. No booking required.Drop-in Activity. Adults & Children 12+. Free Admission.

Connacht Textile Crafters

27/01/2018 – 27/01/2018 11.30am – 12.30pm & 3.00pm – 4.00pm

Come along and meet the talented Connacht Textile Crafters (CTC) for St. Brigid’s themed open sessions. The CTC work in a range of textile crafts, using both traditional and contemporary techniques. No booking required.Drop-in Activity. Adults & Children 12+. Free Admission.

Make a St Brigid’s Cross

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28/01/2018 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Join the members of the Education team to learn more about St Brigid and to make your very own St Brigid’s Cross. No booking required. Drop-in Activity. Adults & Children 7+. Free Admission.

 

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