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.

Tour at a Glance 

Level: 4th – 6th Class
Group size: Designed for groups of 30 max
Location: Kingship and Sacrifice Exhibition, Ground Floor, National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare Street
Duration: 45 mins
Days available Tuesdays and Thursdays during term time
Times available 10:30am and 12:00pm
Accessibility This tour is wheelchair accessible. Please advise us of any mobility issues when booking.



Curriculum Links 

SESE History

  • Working as an Historian
    Time and Chronology / Using Evidence / Change and Continuity / Cause and Effect / Synthesis and Communication / Empathy
  • Early People and Ancient Societies Bronze Age Peoples / Celtic Peoples
  • Story Stories from the lives of the people in the past
  • Continuity and Change Over Time Homes, House and Urban Developments / Food and Farming / Literature, Arts, Crafts and Culture

Other curriculum links include

  • SESE Geography A Sense of Place and Space / Human Environments / Natural Environments
  • SESE Science  Working Scientifically / Questioning / Observing/ Analysing
  • English Receptiveness to Language / Competence and Confidence in using Language


Learning Outcomes 

  • See real artefacts from the Bronze and Iron Ages in Ireland
  • Discover how scientific and archaeological studies of the bog bodies have contributed to our understanding of the Iron Age and Celtic rituals and beliefs in Ireland
  • Learn about the conservation of the Bog Bodies and their international scientific importance  
  • Learn about the archaeological importance of bogs and the conditions which allow for the preservation of artefacts