For Families

Explore events and information to get the most from your visit to Collins Barracks

Looking for free family activities to do in Dublin? There are lots of family-friendly spaces at the National Museum of Ireland - Collins Barracks.

Take a walk around our exhibition galleries and activity spaces in your own time. There's a whole world of history to explore and many of our spaces have been designed especially with families in mind...

Activity Area

The Activity Area hosts drop in seasonal family crafts and exhibitions. As part of Wish You Were Here, between July and September, you can draw, collage or embroider your own post card from the past, inspired by objects in the Museum.



Take A Seat 

This is an interactive space, within the New Furniture Galleries, where you can explore design through the chair. These chairs, which date from the late 19th century up to the present day, are here for you to touch and examine, sit  and reflect on. Accompanying information encourages you to think about furniture design in terms of form, function, materials, construction, value and the influence of technology on chair forms.


You can find out more about each of these classic chair designs from the information sheets provided:



When you visit the space you can design your own chair, a few examples are in the gallery below:


There are also information sheets available in the galleries that provide additional information on the exhibits in the New Furniture Galleies. These are available for download here:


In addition, we invite you to tell us what you think about chair design. What makes the perfect chair? Which design works best for you and how do you decide what's important? You can see some of the designs that other visitors have done in the slide gallery below:


Barracks Life Room


Listen to what life was like in the Barracks during the 18th and 19th centuries:

List to find out what the soldiers living in the Barracks ate during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries:



Family Trails

Find our family spaces and much more with our Family Trail, you can download a copy here or pick one up on arrival:



Explore the Collins Barracks section of the History of Ireland in 100 Objects trail:



Explore the galleries with our Conservation Trail and find out how we protect the objects in our collections from potential hazards such as light, moisture and bugs...:


Self Guided Activity Booklets

There are a range of self guided activity booklets available to download or to pick up on arrival at our reception area and our friendly staff are on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Decorative Arts and History Galleries Family Activity Books

Soldiers and Chiefs Family Activity Books