For Schools & Teachers

Immerse your students in art, craft and design, drama, english, folklore, geography, history, music, religion and science at the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History

Making a booking:

Click into the relevant section below to read about the different options available for schools and colleagues. Alternatively, you can print out a copy of our Primary or Secondary Schools Programme 2016 - 2017 . Once you have found a tour or workshop that you would like to book contact our bookings office to arrange a time and date.

NB: Due to high demand we suggest that you contact us at least a fortnight before you wish to visit. We would ask that all visits, with or without a guide, be scheduled through our bookings office.


Teachers In-service

While we do not currently run teachers in-service courses, we do facilitate a number of annual in-service visits run by external coordinators. If you would like to bring an in-service group to the Museum contact the bookings office.


Meet The Educator

Teachers can talk to a member of the Museum’s Education team in person at the Museum or over the phone in advance of their visit to the Museum. Contact the bookings office to make an appointment.

The Museum’s educators can help teachers prepare for their visits by providing information, expert knowledge and resources on the Museum’s exhibitions, as well as advice on pre and post visit activities and tips on how to bring groups around the Museum.


Why visit the Museum with your students?

Object based learning engages a range of learning styles and encourages students to develop skills in:

  • Observation, language and listening
  • Critical thinking
  • Reflection and making judgments
  • Social learning and working in teams

We offer a wide range of guided tours, workshops and self-directed options for you to avail of during your visit and to help you give your students an out-of-the-classroom experience that can have a lasting impact:

"Our school visits were just brilliant - it's the best resource that the nation has"

"Thanks to our museum educator for her excellent presentation and rapport with the students..."







Make the most of your Museum visit - find out about our learning resources and programmes for Primary Schools



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

Further Education and Third Level

Further Education and Third Level

Whether you are studying History, Art & Design, Heritage Studies or a related discipline, Collins Barracks is full of objects that can bring your research to life.