Families & Children
A visit to Decorative Arts & History is not just for adults - there's plenty for the kids too!
to Scientific Instruments
, and from Eileen Gray
to Albert Bender
, inspire and delight children with the objects and people waiting to be discovered in the National Museum.
The Barracks Life Room gives children of all ages the opportunity to explore what life was like as a solider in the 19th & 20th centuries. Try on costumes, handle objects and explore history using computer interactives.
We also provide tailored tours and events for families, as well as an activity area in the Museum...
Family Events & Tours
The My Museum programme of events is designed to encourage families to work together, in an alternative and fun way, to learn more about the National Museum of Ireland’s collections.
Every two to three weeks, a different part of the Museum’s collections is explored either through an art, drama or storytelling workshop; or through a demonstration or special guided tour.
To find out more about the times and costs of tours and workshops, check out the Calendar of Events.
*Please note that places are limited and operate on a first come, first served basis.
The Activity Area, situated between the Out of Storage and Irish Silver galleries on the first floor of the Museum, is a resource for families and children.
You are welcome to drop by and try out a range of activities, which focus on a different gallery or theme every couple of weeks and are suitable for children from four years old and upwards.
Activities are free and don’t need to be booked, which means you can stay for as long or as short a time as you like.
Explore the Museum - Downloadable Family Activity Booklets
Click to download and print the family activity booklets before your visit. These activity booklets are also available from the main reception of the Museum.
Soldiers & Chiefs Exhibition
- Baby changing facilities are available within all toilet facilities available throughout the Museum.
- It is possible to take pushchairs/strollers around the Museum as it is fully accessible with lifts, ramps, and wide doors.
- Highchairs are available on request in the Museum Café.
- The Museum Café is a breast-feeding friendly location.