Activity Books

Use activity books to ensure students are focused and engaged on a self-directed visit

Download and print the activity books before your visit or ask us to have them for you to collect when you arrive. Self-guided group visits can be booked by using our online form.


What's in the Museum?

The 'What's in the Museum?' Resource Pack gives an introduction to the Museum and contains

  • 10 Factsheets on objects in two galleries
  • Historical information on Collins Barracks and on the National Museum
  • Curriculum links
  • A useful glossary of terms
  • Lots of back in the classroom ideas for following up your visit
  • Practical advice on bringing groups around the Museum and on encouraging them to engage with the exhibitions.


“I thought the fact sheets were great...their format gave me a structure to use with other objects in the gallery” Teacher Feedback



Soldiers and Chiefs Activity Books 1 - 12

These 12 activity books encourage students to learn through a self-directed enquiry approach and explore themes within the exhibition Soldiers and Chiefs.

A Teachers' Guide to using the books with your class, which provides practical advice, curriculum links and follow-up activities back in school is also available.

The 12 books are ordered by level of challenge where 1 to 4 = introductory, 5 to 8 = intermediate and 9 to 12 = advanced.  We recommend Books 5-12 for post primary schools but advise you to look through a selection to determine the books best suited to your class.

Symbols of Ireland Book 1  (0.35 MB, Adobe PDF)
Far From Home Book 2  (0.33 MB, Adobe PDF)
Garrison Communities Book 3  (0.28 MB, Adobe PDF)
Horsepower Book 4  (0.37 MB, Adobe PDF)
Army Women Army Children Book 5  (0.35 MB, Adobe PDF)
Clothes Make The Soldier Book 6  (0.37 MB, Adobe PDF)
Far From Home Book 7  (0.35 MB, Adobe PDF)
Why Soldiers Enlist Book 8  (0.55 MB, Adobe PDF)
Horsepower Book 9  (0.41 MB, Adobe PDF)
The Experience of Battle Book 10  (0.36 MB, Adobe PDF)
Symbols of Ireland Book 11  (0.36 MB, Adobe PDF)
What is a Hero? Book 12  (0.27 MB, Adobe PDF)

Teacher's Notes for Soldiers & Chiefs books 1-12