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Christmas at the National Museum of Ireland

If you are visiting Dublin or Mayo over the festive period, why not consider taking a step back in time and spend a day exploring the National Museum of Ireland’s four sites.

The National Museums of Ireland have a wealth of wonderful exhibitions and events happening across three sites in Dublin and its site in Castelbar, Co Mayo over the festive period that would make for a fun day out for all the family. The three sites in Dublin are: Decorative Arts & History at Collins Barracks, D7 Archaeology at Kildare Street, D2 and Natural History at Merrion Street, D2. In Castelbar why not visit Country Life, Turlough Park.

Just some of the events taking place include:

Christmas Open Day at Collins Barracks: Christmas starts at Collins Barracks on Saturday, December 3 with carol-singing and a festive art and craft workshop for all the family. Explore the Museum with the 12 Days of Christmas Trail or the Angel Trail.

A Medieval Christmas Fair at Kildare Street: Experience the magical smells, tastes and sights of a Medieval Christmas with Irish Arms on Sunday, December 4. Meet market sellers, a candle-maker and a scriptor monk. Try Medieval armour on for size and taste Hyprocras spiced wines and Grete Pye and other by-gone Christmas fare.

My Museum: The Christmas Turkey and Other Stories at Collins Barracks: Step out of the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and drop into the Museum to hear one of Ireland's favourite storytellers, Niall de Búrca tell the story of Michael, his mammy and the Christmas Turkey and other wonderful festive tales on Sunday, December 18.

Visit Turlough Park (Country Life) on December 9th from 3-4.00pm, for a special talk on handcrafted furniture. To mark the International Year of the Craft, join RDS National Craft Competition winner Tim Dunleavy as he talks about his craft. Suitable for adults and accompanied children aged 14+. Booking required.

Take the stress out of Christmas shopping by visiting one of our Museum shops, where a treasure trove of gifts awaits you. Jewellery designed exclusively for us by Ireland’s leading gold and silversmiths based on our unique collections. Irish made throws and scarves in a variety of styles and colours. Contemporary gifts, traditional stone craft, intriguing puzzles, models and a range of children’s toys and educational stocking fillers. 15% off everything and complimentary gift wrapping. (1st Dec- 23rd Dec)

Have a Christmas lunch with a difference this year. Relax in the beautiful surrounds of our Museum Cafes in Dublin and Turlough Park, Castlebar. Home baking, gourmet coffees and a wonderful expanded savoury menu give a great choice. You can be sure of some seasonal specialities too; just perfect after a visit to the Museum Galleries. Loyalty cards available to customers.

Admission to all National Museum of Ireland sites is free. Booking in advance maybe required for some events. Check for up to date details on events



Museum Shops

Dublin: 01 6777 444; email:

Turlough Park, Castlebar: Tel: 094 90 31767; e-mail:

Museum Cafes

Dublin: Tel: 01 6777 444; Email  

Turlough Park, Castlebar:

Tel: 094 90 89972; E-mail:  


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