Prehistoric Ireland Tour
Discover more about Ireland's earliest people, from the hunter-gatherers and first farmers of the Stone Age to the goldsmiths and warriors of the Bronze Age.
On this page, you can find out what you can do at the Museum, in the classroom and online
At the Museum
All groups who are coming to the Museum must book their visit with the Bookings Office.
Prehistoric Ireland Tour
On this tour you can:
Discover how people in Mesolithic Ireland caught their fish with our 9,000 year old fish-trap
Examine some of Irelands earliest art with the mysterious carvings on our Neolithic passage tomb
Guess how many of your classmates could fit inside our 4,500 year old log boat
Hear how our first metalworkers turned gold from the soil into stunning neck ornaments shaped like half moons
Imagine that you are a warrioir and decide which shield would provide the best defense in battle
Key Curriculum Strands
How we find out about the past
The work of the historian
Our roots in ancient civilization
Time and chronology
Technology and innovation
Continuity and change over time
Life, society, work and culture in the past
On request, this tour can include a hands-on session with a replica Mesolithic fish-trap and replica prehistoric pottery.
You may also be interested in our Make a Prehistoric Pot Workshop.
Maximum 30 per group. Duration 50 minutes.
Tours and workshops should be booked at least two weeks in advance, via the Bookings Office.
Want to explore on your own?
As the Museum can get very busy, we require all groups to book in advance with our Bookings Office.
Using worksheet in the Bronze Age Exhibition
To make the most of your visit, we recommend that you plan activities for your students to complete:
Why not try our free worksheets: You can download these in advance of your visit, or request some at the time of your self-directed booking.
Stone Age EN (1.15 MB, Adobe PDF)
Stone Age IRE (1.15 MB, Adobe PDF)
My Favourite Object (Irish) (0.11 MB, Adobe PDF)
My Favourite Object Activity Sheet (English) (0.11 MB, Adobe PDF)
Don't forget to bring your pencils!
In The Classroom
Suggested follow up activities:
Create your own versions of our decorated prehistoric pots on display with air-drying clay using Neolithic pinch-pot and coil-building techniques.
Examine examples of carvings from kerbstones on Neolithic passage tombs and using cardboard, cut out the kerbstone shape and decorate with spirals, zig-zags and circles. Invite the students to discuss what the possible meanings might be.
Create a timeline using drawings inspired by your Museum visit, such as Mesolithic arrowheads, Bronze Age lunulae or shields. Add to this timeline as more topics are covered.
Discuss prehistoric food sources and create a menu for a prehistoric feast.
Useful link: Archaeology in the Classroom
We are continually improving and adding to our online resources.
Looking for information on exhibitions and collections?
Take a look around:
Looking for a particular object? Try our Artefacts Search
Information on the Mesolithic Clowanstown Fish-Trap:
Fishtraps article (1.07 MB, Adobe PDF)
Seanda article on fish traps (2.08 MB, Adobe PDF)