Explore the Museum in your own time

Self Directed 6

Teachers Notes

Teachers Notes tell you how to lead your own themed tour and make the most of your Museum visit.

They include:

  • A detailed floor plan of suggested tours
  • Pre- and post-visit activities for the classroom
  • Curriculum links
  • Suggested books and online resources

Download a copy:

  Natural History Teachers Notes National_Museum_of_Ireland Natural_History_Teachers_Notes_2012_2013.pdf (3.99 MB, Adobe PDF) 

Use an activity sheet

Activity sheets help to ensure students are focused and engaged, while they gain skills and learn something new.

My Favourite Animal

This short, simple activity sheet asks the student to describe and sketch their favourite animal in the Museum.

Download in English or Irish:

Curriculum links: Science (Living Things Strand), SPHE, English, Art

The Zoo in My Garden

This short activity sheet introduces the topic of biodiversity to students. It directs them to follow a trail and note information about garden animals in the Museum.

Download the activity sheet:

 Zoo in My Garden Activity Sheet Biodiversity  Zoo in My Garden Activity Sheet Biodiversity Activity Sheet 1.pdf

and the accompanying poster:

 Zoo Garden Poster Zoo Garden Poster.pdf (0.62 MB, Adobe PDF) 

Curriculum links: Science (Living Things Strand), SPHE, English, Art

Everything Counts

This more advanced activity booklet builds on students' knowledge of environmental awareness and care. Using existing knowledge and the information provided in the booklet, students have to complete specific tasks.

Download the activity sheet:

Curriculum links: Science, Geography and SPHE

Seasonal Trails

Resource Areas

Learn about our Discovery Zone and Reading Area here.

Classroom Resources

The Zoo in My Garden poster illustrates and introduces the topic of Biodiversity.

You can pick up a copy in the Museum or download here.

Before you come

You must read the Museum's Group Entry Regulations for Heath and Safety reasons.

Quick Links
Group Entry Regulations

* For tours and workshops, the maximum number of students per group is 30.

* Duration of tours and workshops is approx. 60 mins.

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