Workshop participants discuss their work

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

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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.

Gallery Talks

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

Celebrating Culture

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.

Group Visits

Gallery Tour on the Rotunda balcony

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.

Ardagh Chalice
Top Ten Tour

Explore over 7,000 years of Irish history through 10 exciting artefacts, inclding the gold lunula, Tara Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice!

Viking Sword found on a cránnog at Ballinderry, Co, Westmeath. Ninth century A.D.
Viking Ireland Tour

Hear the story of the Viking Age in Ireland!

Egypt Classroom Poster
Ancient Egypt Tour

Explore aspects of the vibrant culture of Ancient Egypt including myths, mummification practices and the development of the hieroglyphs.

Kavanagh Charter Horn, symbolic of the kingship of Leinster, twelfth and fifteenth century A.D.
Medieval Ireland Tour

Discover power, prayer, and work through the middle ages.

Bog body hand
Kingship & Sacrifice: Bog Bodies Tour

Examine Iron Age finds from Irish wetlands including bog butter and the mysterious Irish bog bodies.

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Specialised Tours

We can tailor your tour to meet the educational needs of your group and can suit a range of ages.

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