Primary

Make the Museum your classroom for a day - give your students an out-of-the-classroom experience that can have a lasting impact.


Primary schools gold tour

Use the Museum to capture the imagination of your students and make learning fun.

  • Our workshops, tours and resources are:
  • Linked to the Primary School's SESE Curriculum History, Science and Geography 
  • Created to help your students expand their knowledge, gain understanding and new skills
  • Designed by our experienced education team
  • FREE of charge 

Explore the Museum with our Education Team

Choose a topic below to find out about the tours, workshops, activity sheets and other resources that are avaliable for Primary level students. 

If your group would like to explore the Museum with one of our team, please contact us at least two weeks in advance by contacting our booking office at bookings@museum.ie or ringing 01-6486 453.

Explore the Museum in your own time

To discover what you can do with you class by topics, see the information below.
To discover what resources we have to assist you in planning your visit, please see Teacher's Resources.
As the Museum can be very crowded, you need to book a class in and contact us in advance of you visit. We recommend that you give advance notice of your visit using the, make a booking form.

 



 

Guided Tour: Highlights of the National Museum

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.

Guided Tour: Prehistoric Ireland

Guided Tour: Prehistoric Ireland

Discover the artefacts left behind by Ireland’s earliest people, from the hunter-gathers and the first farmers of the Stone Age to the goldsmiths and warriors of the Bronze Age and find out what insights they can give into the lives and rituals of peoples in the distant past

Guided Tour: The Bog Bodies

Guided Tour: The Bog Bodies

Come face-to-face with a mysterious 2,000 year old Bog Body and discover exciting finds from Irish wetlands including bog butter. Hear what archaeology and science can tell us about these Celtic People and their rituals and beliefs.

Guided Tour: Viking Ireland

Guided Tour: Viking Ireland

Discover what the Museum’s unique collection of artefacts and displays can tell us about Viking burial customs and beliefs, their society and politics and the new inventions and materials that they brought to Ireland through travel and trade across Europe and the Middle East

Workshop: Raider, Trader, Settler or Craftsperson?

Workshop: Raider, Trader, Settler or Craftsperson?

Put the skills of the archaeologist to use in this special hands on session! What can archaeology can reveal to us about the beliefs, skills and everyday lives of the Vikings who first came to Ireland 1,200 years ago? As part of this interactive workshop, students will learn about the skills of the archaeologist and analyse replica Viking grave goods including whalebone linen smoothers, iron helmets and precious amber.

Special Workshop: All Wrapped Up! Mummified Oranges

Special Workshop: All Wrapped Up! Mummified Oranges

For special workshop learn all about the mummifying techniques of the Ancient Egyptians to see how they preserved the remains of ancient Pharoahs and queens! Explore the Ancient Egyptian Exhibition and see the mummies and discover all about the special embalming techniques. Have a go at the mummifying technique by making your own Mummified Orange to take home.

Workshop: Knot Again! Ardagh Chalice Workshop

Workshop: Knot Again! Ardagh Chalice Workshop

To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the finding of the Ardagh Chalice, come join us on a special workshop to find out more about one of Ireland’s most iconic object. Learn all about Early Medieval Ireland and how they made the Ardagh Chalice. Take a close look at its interlacing knot designs and enamel bosses and, as a class, help make the museum’s giant Ardagh Chalice!