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11 top events for families at the Museum this Spring

Discover when dinosaurs took to the air, make a St Brigid’s cross or find out what animal has the largest appetite or best sense of smell. There are lots to do and see for families at the National Museum of Ireland this Spring.


1. Make a St. Brigid’s Cross

National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Castlebar, Mayo

2pm – 4pm, Sunday, January 27th

Join the members of the Education team to learn more about the history, customs and traditions around St. Brigid’s Day and make your very own St. Brigid’s Cross. No booking required. All ages.

 

2. Tour of the Eileen Gray Exhibition

National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7

3pm – 4pm, Sunday, January 27th

Join a public tour of the Eileen Gray gallery, exploring one of the most influential designers and architects of the 20th century. No booking required, places allocated on a first-come basis 15minutes before tour starts. All ages.

 

3. CAMP Project: Building a Bendy

National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Castlebar, Mayo

12pm – 1pm, Thursday, February 7th

As part of the Travellers’ Journey CAMP arts project, artist Gianna Tomasso and members of the Tippeary Traveller Horse Owners’ Association, will demonstrate the construction of a traditional Shelter Tent or ‘Bendy’, on the grounds of Turlough Park House. Discover the different materials and construction techniques that went into this mainstay of traditional Traveller Camp. No booking required. All ages.

 

4. Jurassic Skies: Open Day

National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7

1pm – 4pm, Sunday, February 17th

Dinosaurs are taking over Collins Barracks for a special open day! Drop-in on the day to visit the temporary exhibition, Jurassic Skies, and meet with scientists, artists and storytellers to discover more about when dinosaurs took to the air. Activities on the day include a hands-on look at real dinosaur fossils, bird feathers and bones. No booking required. All ages.

 

5. Made to Measure?

National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Dublin 2

12pm & 2pm, Thursday, February 21st

Are you the height of a beaver? Are you as long as a moose? Join zoologist Catherine McGuinness to learn how we measure animals and guess their sizes. You might be surprised by your animal height! No booking required, places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15minutes before tour starts. Not wheelchair accessible.  All ages.

 

6. Prehistory Mysteries! Humans and the Natural World

National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Dublin 2

2.30pm – 4.30pm, Saturday, February 23rd

Pop into the Museum and have a chat with our Museum Educators who will have an array of replica artefacts and raw materials, which you can pick up and examine. Discover how humans cleverly used antler, wood, and clay in centuries past – long before there was plastic! No booking required. Located in the Prehistoric Ireland exhibition, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible.  All ages.

 

7. Engineers Week with Bricks 4 Kidz

National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Castlebar, Mayo

1.30pm – 4.30pm, Sunday, March 3rd   

Explore our collections in a very different way. Join the Bricks 4 Kidz team to celebrate Engineers Week and discover the engineering behind some of our artefacts using LEGO©. No booking required. All ages.

 

8. Inspectorium: Record Breakers!

National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Dublin 2

11am – 1pm, Saturday, March 9th 

What animal has the largest appetite or best sense of smell? Drop into the Discovery Zone to find out more and see up close some animal record breakers from the handling collection! No booking required but there may be short waiting time. Wheelchair accessible.  All ages.

 

9. Bilingual Tour: Turas Dearbhú na Poblachta: Éirí Amach 1916

National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7

3pm – 4pm, Sunday, March 10th

Glac páirt linn i Seachtain na Gaeilge, ar an turas dátheangach don taispeántas Dearbhú na Poblachta: Éirí Amach 1916, le treoir an Mhusaem, staraí Déaglán Ó Brádaigh. Ní gá aon áirithintí, déanfaimid leithroinnt d’áiteanna cúig nóiméad déag sula dtosaíonn an turas. Fáilte roimh chách.

Take part in Seachtain na Gaeilge, by joining Museum guide Declan Brady on a bilingual tour of Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising exhibition. No booking required, places allocated 15minutes before tour starts. All Ages.

 

10. The Trail of St. Patrick and the Saints of Ireland

National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Dublin 2

During Museum Opening Hours

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, drop by the Museum and join in our special trail! Follow St. Patrick’s trail through the museum and discover all about the Patron Saint of Ireland; the myths, the legends and the objects. Find out more about the many other saints associated to Ireland. No booking required, trails will be available at the reception area of the Museum. Partially wheelchair accessible. Don’t forget to bring your pencil! Ages 8+

 

11. A History of Falconry in Ireland and Norway

National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Dublin 2

2.30pm – 3.30pm, Saturday, March 23rd

Falconers Ellen Hagen from the Museum of Archaeology at the University of Stavanger, Norway, and Hilary White of the Irish Hawking Club will explain the archaeological and historical evidence for falconry in Norway and Ireland, from medieval to modern times. Booking required, please email educationarch@museum.ie or call 016486334. Located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible. Ages 7+

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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