Primary

Make the Museum your classroom for a day - give your students an out-of-the-classroom experience that can have a lasting impact.


Primary schools gold tour

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

  • Our workshops, tours and resources are:
  • Linked to the Primary School's SESE Curriculum History, Science and Geography 
  • 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 Primary 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: 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.

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: The Bog Bodies

Guided Tour: 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 these Celtic People and their rituals and beliefs.

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

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 - Bronze Age Handling

Workshop: Back to the Bronze Age - Bronze Age Handling

Where did Bronze Age people get metals 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: 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

Workshop: Kingship and Sacrifice - The Bog Bodies

Workshop: Kingship and Sacrifice - The Bog Bodies

Find out more about what life was like two thousand years ago during the Iron Age through fascinating finds from the peat bog. Visit the mysterious Bog Bodies and take a look at artefacts they may have worn to special ceremonies, Make a leather armlet like the one discovered with Old Croghan Man

Workshop: Sacred Scarabs - Ancient Egyptian Handling

Workshop: Sacred Scarabs - Ancient Egyptian Handling

Explore the beliefs and rituals of the Ancient Egyptians, discover how they mummified their dead, and hear why scarab beetles were so special and make your own beetle amulet to take home.