We provide exciting opportunities for adults to learn from our world class collection of objects.
At the Museum you can:
- Make clay pots using the techniques of Ireland's first farmers
- Sketch Bronze Age gold work in the galleries
- Handle a range of replica objects from flint arrowheads or prehistoric fishtraps to Viking weighing scales and Anglo-Norman chainmail
- Practive calligraphy or printmaking taking inspiration from ancient manuscripts and metalwork
- Talk with experts about old and new discoveries in Archaeology
- Discover more about our past at a conference, lecture, seminar or tour
Would you like to explore the museum on your own?
Find out what's on display, what not to miss and download a free floorplan, guidebook and Treasury Exhibition audio-guide:
Would you like to know more about the recently restored 8th century Faddan More Psalter? Download this booklet:
Faddan More Psalter - Explore the Text Psalter
text.pdf (0.86 MB, Adobe PDF)
Want to explore with us?
All adults are welcome to join our public events for adults and our special themed guided tours. Details of guided tours and lectures or workshops scheduled that are designed for adult audiences are listed in the main Calendar of Events.
Every month you can meet an expert at a Gallery Talk and deepen your knowledge of Archaeology.
Attendence is free, no booking is required and talks take place once a month at noon. Details of this month's talk is in the Calendar of Events.
Previous talks include:
An Early Bronze Age Detective Story from Strokestown, Co. Roscommon by Mary Cahill, curator of the Bronze Age collection in the National Museum of Ireland
On the Way to Valhalla-Weapons from the Irish Viking Graves in the Museum by Dr Stephen Harrison, co-author of Viking Graves and Grave-Goods in Ireland
Daily Life in Ancient Rome by Dr Lynda Mulvin, author of Roman & Byzantine Antiquities in the National Museum of Ireland
The Ancient Egypt Collection by Dr Jody Tabitha Neal, Egyptologist
Celebrate seasonal festivals with us at special events for Seachtain na Gaeilge and St.Patrick's Day in March, the Bealtaine Festival in May, Heritage Week in August and Culture Night in September. Details of current special events are listed in the relevant month's Calendar of Events.
Adult groups such as active retirement groups or special interest groups are welcome to explore by themselves or to book an introductory tour. All groups intending to visit us must contact us in advance.