Families and Children

Collins Barracks is a family-friendly, spacious and creative place and there are lots of things for everyone to see and do.

You can explore the Museum through the programmes and events or you can explore the Museum in your own time.

Want to explore the Museum with us?

Check out the Museum's Calendar of Events for information about family tours and hands-on workshops at weekends and during school holidays.



Hands-on History Sessions

Would you dress up as a UN peacekeeper?  How do you lace up a corset? What does a fifty-year old bar of soap smell like? Find out at the Hands on History sessions. 

This is a drop in session for all ages, no booking required.

See the calendar of events for dates and times.

Want to explore by yourselves? You can:

Follow a trail with an activity booklet

Explore and Learn in Collins Barracks

Follow a trail with free children’s activity books (7 – 12 year olds). They are also available at Reception when you arrive.

Drop into the Family Activity Area

This is a family space just for you. Pick up a pencil and draw, read a book, take a break and learn more about the Museum.  The Activity Area is situated between the Out of Storage and Irish Silver galleries on the first floor of the Museum. 

Explore the Barracks Life Room

Boy in uniform image courtesy of Irish Times

What was it like to be a soldier in the Barracks?  There are uniforms to try on and games to play in the Barracks Life Room that will help you find out.  What was different about being a soldier in the 19th-century or during the Emergency in Ireland (1939-1945)?  Experience a soldier's life in the Barracks Life Room and investigate the history of Collins Barracks together.

Plan your visit

You'll find all the practical information you need about visiting the museum like opening times and directions in our visitor information section.

Special Events

Celebrate festivals and historic events with us

Download Activity Trails

Free activity trails to download

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