Guided Tours

Guided Tours at a glance


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.

Duration: Approximately 45 Minutes

Tour: Understanding 1916

Students on Understanding 1916 tour

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.

Please Note: The Understanding 1916 exhibition will close on 1st November 2015. The new exhibition, Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising, will open in March 2016.  The Soldiers & Chiefs exhibition has material relating to the 1916 Rising on display and this material will remain on display. The 1916 section in Soldiers and Chiefs explore these key periods in Irish History.

Duration: Approximately 30 minutes.

Tour: 1913 – 1923: A Decade of Military Conflict 

Soldiers and Chiefs Exhibition

Students are introduced to the experiences of ordinary Irishmen and women involved in World War I, the 1916 Rebellion, the War of Independence and Civil War, and how all these events affected combatants and civilians alike. This tour can also be tailored to focus on the interpretation of primary sources, by referring to the objects, photographs and written documents on display.

The tour caters for classes of up to 30 students. For groups who exceed this number, we provide back-to-back tours of about 30 minutes duration.

Key Curriculum Links

Junior Cycle History
Senior Cycle History - Later Modern Irish and European History

 

Tour: From Barracks to Museum: Exhibition Layout and Design 

Eileen Gray Exhibition

This tour gives students the tools in which to evaluate an exhibition effectively.

This tour gives students the tools in which to evaluate an exhibition effectively. Students will explore the transformation of Collins Barracks into the Museum of
Decorative Arts and History using some of the exhibitions to think critically about layout and design, lighting, labelling and display, online information and education resources linked with the exhibition and discuss the idea of a school museum .

Maximum: 30 per group

Duration: 1 hour

Curriculum Links

Senior Cycle Art Craft & Design

Tour: Eileen Gray

Eileen Gray Non Conformist chair

Wexford-born Eileen Gray (1879-1976) is now regarded as one of the most influential designers and architects of the 20th century. Students are introduced to her life and work through observation of her furniture, drawings and other artefacts.

Maximum: 30 per group

Duration: 1 hour

Curriculum Links

Senior Cycle Art Craft & Design