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Ten great things for families to enjoy at the Museum this spring

Enjoy a free family day out with a difference at a National Museum of Ireland workshop or tour


The National Museum of Ireland has just launched its new programme of winter/spring 2018 events and there is plenty on offer to keep young minds (and parents too!) busy and entertained over the coming months.

To celebrate the launch of the new programme, we have highlighted ten great events for families to enjoy together this spring at the Museum. 

1. Treasures of the National Museum

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin

2.30pm - 3.15pm, Saturday, January 20

Take a tour of the iconic treasures of the National Museum of Ireland from the Tara Brooch to the Ardagh Chalice. No booking required. Places allocated on a first come basis. Suitable for adults and children aged seven years plus.

2. Hands on History: Childhood

National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin

3pm - 4pm, Sunday, January 21

Get up close to history with the museum's handling collection. Discover objects all about childhood and play with the Museum educators. This is a free, drop-in activity, suitable for all ages. No booking required.

3. Make a St. Brigid's Cross

National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

2.30pm - 4.30pm, Sunday, January 28

Join the members of the Museum's Education Team to learn more about St. Brigid and make your own St. Brigid's Cross. No booking required. Suitable for adults and children aged seven years plus.

4. Meet the Relatives

National Museum of Ireland - Natural History, Merrion Street, Dublin

11am - 1pm, Saturday, February 10

What's the difference between a chimp, a gorilla and an orangutan. Meet a zoologist, investigate ape skulls and complete the primate trail to find out more about our closest relatives. No booking required but there may be a short wait time. Suitable for children aged eight years plus.

5. Little Red Hen

National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

2.30pm - 3.30pm, Thursday, February 15

Hear the story of the Little Red Hen and her friends, told through puppets, in this fun, interactive gallery session with Barbara Barclay. Hear the tale, handle objects from the collection and then make your own character. Booking required. Suitable for children aged three to six years.

6. Chinese New Year Workshop

National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin

2.30pm - 4pm, Friday, February 16

Celebrate the Year of the Dog and learn all about Chinese New Year with this special art workshop for families. All art materials will be provided. Suitable for families with children aged seven years plus. Booking is required.

7. Artefact Detective

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin

2pm - 4pm, Friday, February 16

Learn how to think like an archaeologist and try to solve the puzzle of some mystery objects! This is a drop-in session in the Kildare Room on the ground floor of the Museum. No booking required. Suitable for families with children aged eight years plus.

8. Glass Workshop for Families/Ceardlann Ghloine do Chlanna

National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin

2.30pm - 4.30pm, Sunday, March 11

Enjoy a bilingual class in glass with renowned glass artist Róisín de Buitléar. Explore the art and skills of glass engraving with all materials provided. This is a special binlingual family workshop to celebrate Seachtain na Gaelige 2018. Suitable for all ages. Booking required.

9. Mother's Day Make and Decorate

National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

2.30pm - 3.30pm, Sunday, March 11

Join the National Print Museum for a special Mother's Day gift making workshop. Use traditional and contemporary methods and materials to handcraft and decorate your own hardback book. Booking required. Suitable for adults and children aged seven years plus

10. Jamie's Eggcellent Birds! 

National Museum of Ireland - Natural History, Merrion Street, Dublin

11am - 1pm, Thursday, March 29

Touch real bird eggs and feathers during this drop-in session with bird expert Jamie Durrant. Jamie has worked with Birdwatch Ireland and is on the Heritage Council's school panel of experts. No booking required but there may be a short wait time. Suitable for children aged eight years plus.

BOOKING INFORMATION: For Dublin events, telephone +353 (0) 1 6486453 or email bookings@museum.ie. For Mayo events, telephone +353 (0) 94 90 31751 or email educationtph@museum.ie. 

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