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Guided Tour: Highlights of the National Museum

Explore up to 7,000 years of Irish History from Mesolithic Ireland right up to Medieval Ireland.Take a close up look at some of the museum’s most famous objects including gold lunula from the Irish Bronze Age and Early Medieval Irish treasure such as the ‘Tara’ Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice.

Tour at a Glance

Level 1st  - 3rd Years and Transition Years
Group Size 30 students max 
Location Prehistoric Ireland, Ór - Ireland's Gold and The Treasury, Ground Floor, National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare Street  
Duration 45 minutes
Days Available Tuesdays and Wednesdays during term time 
Times Available 10:30am and 12:00pm
Accessability This tour is wheelchair accessible. Please advise when booking if there are any mobility needs.  



Curriculum Links 

Junior Cert History

  • The Nature of History
    Working with Evidence / Developing Historical Consciousness / Acquiring ‘the big picture’ / The History of Ireland
  • Key moments of change
    Thinking historically- explain the relevance of archaeology to their understanding of Irish history, citing local examples, where appropriate
  • Key Skills for Junior Cert
    Managing information and thinking / Communicating / Staying well-being positive about learning / Being creative- Imagining / Learning creatively

Statements of Learning for Junior Cert

  • Values local, national and international heritage, understands the importance of the relationship between past and current events and the forces that drive change.
  • Communicates effectively using a variety of means in a range of contexts
  • Appreciates and respects how diverse values, beliefs and traditions have contributed to the communities and culture in which he/she lives
  • Creates and presents artistic works and appreciates the process and skills involved

Transition Year

  • Teaching methods and approaches
    Study visits and field trips



Learning Outcomes

  • Learn about people from Stone Age Ireland, Bronze Age Ireland, Iron Age Ireland and Early Medieval Ireland
  • Learn about how these people lived, the homes they built and lived in, the objects they made and used and the places that they travelled too
  • Gain a greater insight into the religion and beliefs of past people in Ireland