Post Primary

Find out about the range of learning resources and services for Post Primary teachers and students


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Use the Museum to capture the imagination of your students and make learning fun.

  • Our workshops, tours and resources are:
  • Linked to the Junior Certificate, Transition Year and Leaving Certificate syllabus
  • Created to help your students expand their knowledge, gain understanding and new skills
  • Designed by our experienced education team
  • FREE of charge 

Explore the Museum with our Education Team

Choose a topic below to find out about the tours, workshops, activity sheets and other resources that are avaliable for second level students.

If your group would like to explore the Museum with one of our team, please contact us at least two weeks in advance by contacting our booking office at bookings@museum.ie or ringing 01-6486 453.

Explore the Museum in your own time

To discover what you can do with you class by topics, see the information below.
To discover what resources we have to assist you in planning your visit, please see Teacher's Resources.
As the Museum can be very crowded, you need to book a class in and contact us in advance of you visit. We recommend that you give advance notice of your visit using the, make a booking form.

 


 

Guided Tour: Leaving Certificate History of Art

Guided Tour: Leaving Certificate History of Art

Trace the developments of art in Ireland from the Neolithic to the 12th century. Take a closer look at how passage tombs were constructed and decorated in the Stone Age, how some of Ireland’s gold objects were made and used in the Bronze Age right up to the creation and design of Early Christian treasures including the ‘Tara’ Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice. This tour is specifically designed to cover key objects that appear on the History of Art Leaving Certificate course.

Guided Tour: Prehistoric Ireland

Guided Tour: Prehistoric Ireland

Discover the artefacts left behind by Ireland’s earliest people, from the hunter-gathers and the first farmers of the Stone Age to the goldsmiths and warriors of the Bronze Age and find out what insights they can give into the lives and rituals of peoples in the distant past

Guided Tour: Viking Ireland

Guided Tour: Viking Ireland

Discover what the Museum’s unique collection of artefacts and displays can tell us about Viking burial customs and beliefs, their society and politics and the new inventions and materials that they brought to Ireland through travel and trade across Europe and the Middle East

Guided Tour: Kingship and Sacrifice - The Bog Bodies

Guided Tour: Kingship and Sacrifice - The Bog Bodies

Come face-to-face with a mysterious 2,000 year old bog body and discover exciting finds from Irish wetlands including bog butter. Hear what archaeology and science can tell us about Celtic People, their rituals and beliefs.

Guided Tour: Highlights of the National Museum

Guided Tour: Highlights of the National Museum

Explore up to 7,000 years of Irish History from Mesolithic Ireland right up to Medieval Ireland.Take a close up look at some of the museum’s most famous objects including gold lunula from the Irish Bronze Age and Early Medieval Irish treasure such as the ‘Tara’ Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice.

Workshop: Make a Prehistoric Pot - Prehistoric Handling

Workshop: Make a Prehistoric Pot - Prehistoric Handling

See original Neolithic and Bronze Age pottery, handle museum replicas and using the same tools and techniques as prehistoric potters, create a clay model to take home

Workshop: Back to the Bronze Age Handling

Workshop: Back to the Bronze Age Handling

Where did Bronze Age people get metal from, how did they make stone and bronze tools and what did they use these tools for? During this workshop, students will uncover the answers to these questions, handle museum standard replica artefacts and make their own replica Bronze Age lunula to take home. This workshop complements the Education Centre Network’s Bronze Age Handling Box resource.

Workshop: Kingship and Sacrifice - The Bog Bodies

Workshop: Kingship and Sacrifice - The Bog Bodies

Visit the Kingship and Sacrifice Exhibition as part of this workshop and learn all about what archaeologists and scientists can learn from Ireland’s mysterious Bog Bodies. Examine the unique properties of Ireland’s bogs and their importance to archaeological research. Find out more about clothes and regalia worn by kings for special ceremonies and make you own replica of the arm ring worn by Old Croghan Man.

Workshop: Raiders, Traders and Settlers - Viking Handling

Workshop: Raiders, Traders and Settlers - Viking Handling

Discover how artefactual evidence allows archaeologists to learn more about the lives of people in the past. Analyse replica Viking grave goods from whalebone ironing boards to Iron helmets to discover what these can tell us about the origins, livelihoods and beliefs of Vikings who came to Ireland, first to raid, and later to trade