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Calendar of Easter Events

Find out all about the Easter Events happening across our four sites. 

Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History)

Family Tour: Proclaiming a Republic

28/04/2019 3pm – 4pm

On the 103rd anniversary of the Rising, why not join a family-friendly tour of Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising exhibition. Explore some of the highlights of the Museum’s extensive Easter Week collection.

Families. Admission free, places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts.

Barracks Easter Egg Hunt

21/04/2019 - 21/04/2019 2 - 4pm

Take this egg-straordinary trail through the Museum’s exhibitions and test your knowledge to find the Museum’s golden egg. Complete the trail to receive an egg-cellent edible reward! Pick up your free Trail at Museum reception. No booking required.

Kildare Street (Archaeology)

Treasures of the National Museum

14/04/2019 2.00pm-2.45pm & 3pm – 3.45pm

Take a tour of the iconic treasures in the National Museum, including the ‘Tara’ Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice.

Adults & Children 7+. Admission free. No booking required, places allocated on a first-come basis first-served basis. Wheelchair accessible.

Brilliant Brooches

16/04/2019 11.30am – 1.30pm

There are some beautiful brooches to be seen at the Museum, from the famous ‘Tara’ Brooch of Early Christian times, to brooches worn by Viking women, and even brooches given as love tokens in medieval times. Drop into the Museum to see the beautiful pins and brooches discovered in 2016 and displayed in the new ‘Dressed to Impress’ exhibit, learn about the people who made these brooches, then make your own brooch to take home!

Ages 6+. Drop in Activity. Admission free. No booking required. Located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible.

Weight-to-Go! Make your own Viking Weight

18/04/2019 11.30am – 1.30pm

Did you know that before there were coins in Ireland, the Vikings used to trade in silver? Drop into the Museum to learn about the weighing scales and decorated lead weights the Vikings used to figure out how much silver they had, discover who the Vikings were trading with, then make your own weight to take home!

Ages 6+. Drop in Activity. Admission free. No booking required. Located in the Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not wheelchair accessible.


Merrion Street (Natural History)

Earth Day: Protect our Species Super Sketch

20/04/2019 11am – 1pm

Drop into the Museum to find your favourite animal and join the super sketch at the Dead Zoo. See up close some super species from the handling collection and learn about why species are endangered and how science can help protect our species!

Families. Drop in Activity. Admission free. No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Not wheelchair accessible.

Inspectorium: If (shark) teeth could talk!

25/04/2019 11am – 1pm

How many teeth does a shark have in its lifetime and just how big can they get? Drop into the Discovery Zone to learn all about sharks and inspect some of the handling collection up close.

Families. Drop in Activity. Admission free. No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible.

Turlough Park (Country Life)

Easter Egg Mania

21/04/2019 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Lots of Easter Eggs are hidden around the grounds of Turlough Park House. Can you find the secret hiding places and take home some eggs of your own?

Families. Admission free. Booking Required.

Egg in the Sky

23/04/2019 11.30am – 12.30pm & 2pm – 3pm

Can you build a great big tower that’s stable enough to hold an egg or build a vessel to launch an egg in flight without it cracking? A fun and exciting, hands-on science and engineering workshop brought to you by the team from Toodlelou.

Adults & Children 7+. Admission free. Booking required.

We've gone all Horse and Donkey!


24/04/2019 11am – 4pm

Join some of the members of local donkey welfare groups including Irish Donkey Welfare Organisation, who will all explain about Ireland's much-loved donkey. Colman Coogan with his two beautiful Shire horses Ned & Ted, will explain the history of Shires in Ireland and show some of the tack and equipment traditionally used by these massive workhorses. Also joined by master farrier Mark Hester and straw crafter Pat Broderick who will demonstrate their skills on the day.

Families. Admission free. No booking required.