Guided Tours

Tour: Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising

Please Note: Guided and self-guided group visits to the new exhibition Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising are now booked up to June 2016. If you wish to explore 1916 at the Museum, you could visit Soldiers and Chiefs, Asgard and Recovered Voices: The Stories of Irish at War, 1914-1915.

 Proclaiming a Republic promotional Image

The new exhibition Proclaiming a Republic:The 1916 Rising opens March 2016 marking the centenary, examines the events of Easter Week in detail through key documents and artefacts relating to the Rising, such as the Proclamation of the Republic, Pearse’s bulletins issued from the GPO and his surrender order. The exhibition provides the historic context for the Rising and examines the events through the eyes of civilians as well as those of the leaders, and explores the aftermath of the Rising, its impact and legacy.

Primary School Curriculum Links

SESE History

  • Politics, conflict and society
  • Language and culture in late 19th and early 20th-Century Ireland
  • Eras of change and conflict
  • Changing roles of women in the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • 1916 and the foundation of the state
  • Working as an Historian

Tour: Understanding 1916

Students in Soldiers and Chiefs gallery

Please Note: This tour takes place in the Soldiers & Chiefs exhibition, which has important material relating to the 1916 Rising on display.

Objects include:

-One of the original copies of the Proclamation in the Museum’s collection

-The message that mobilised the Dublin Irish Volunteers on Easter Monday, 1916, and the note from Eamonn Ceannt to mobilize Cumann na mBan

-A Red Cross Armlet & Apron worn in the GPO by Eva Burke, a member of Cumann na mBan

-The blood-stained undershirt worn by James Connolly when in the GPO.


This is a small gallery and therefore in order for your group to have the best experience, we ask that you break your class into groups of maximum 15 students per group, with 1 supervising adult. Students get a general introduction to the political, social and cultural events leading up to the Rising, the Easter Week in Dublin and its aftermath. Students will see key artefacts, such as the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic.

This session can also be tailored to focus on the curriculum strand 'Working as an Historian' and the interpretation of primary sources, by referring to the objects, photographs and written documents on display.

Duration: Approximately 30 minutes.