National Museums of Ireland Fun Family Events for 2018

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National Museum of Ireland family events

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. 

February 2018 Events at The National Museums of Ireland

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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

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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

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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+

March 2018 Events at The National Museums of Ireland

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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 educationarch@museum.ie 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 educationarch@museum.ie 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 education@museum.ie
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

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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+

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 educationarch@museum.ie 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 education@museum.ie
Various Events. All Ages. Free Admission.

In Kind: An exhibition of portraits by local artists

national museum of Ireland 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.

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

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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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