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Museum joins 1,400 venues celebrating arts, heritage and culture on September 22

More than 3,000 free evening and late-night events are set to take place across Ireland to celebrate Culture Night 2017 on Friday, September 22.

Now in its 13th year, Culture Night is an all-island celebration of arts, heritage and culture and organisers say the 2017 programme is set to be the biggest to date with events taking place at more than 1,400 venues.

The National Museum of Ireland is delighted to announce an engaging programme of free events across its four sites in Dublin and in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, for Culture Night 2017.  

The National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, at Collins Barracks, Dublin 7, will be hosting free guided tours from 5 to 9pm of the highly acclaimed exhibitions, Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising and Recovered Voices: The Stories of the Irish at War 1914-15

At the National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Culture Night is all about Viking and Medieval Ireland, with a family adventure trail through the museum galleries from 6 to 8.30pm. Be prepared to encounter Viking warriors, merchants, Medieval knights and soliders along the way and learn about weapons, armour, trade and craft with living history group Claíomh. 

In Co. Mayo, at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, award-winning columnist and author Fintan O’Toole will be speaking about Irish culture and identity in 2017. This event, from 7 to 9pm, will include refreshments, music, a film screening by the Museum Writer’s Group, and taster-tours of the National Folklife Collection.

The National Museum of Ireland - Natural History, Merrion Street, Dublin 2, will be celebrating World Rhino Day from 5.30 to 8pm. Suitable for children aged 10 years plus, visitors will get to meet zookeepers Brendan Walsh and Ken Mackey from Dublin Zoo, and conservator Nieves Fernandez, to discover how she created the perfect replica horn for the museum’s black rhino.

All events are free. No booking is required. For tours and talks, places will be allocated on a first-come basis.

Click here for further information on Culture Night and other upcoming events this September at the National Museum of Ireland.