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Tour: The Arctic Fox (and other explorers...)

Join zoologist educator Catherine McGuinness and on this tour learn about the great Irish explorers and the animals they brought back to the Natural History Museum! As part of the tour, complete a fun activity to find other animals on a map as you explore the Mammals of the World Exhibition. Dates for this very special tour are limited so to avoid disappoinment please book early.

Image of educator with school group looking at the mounted tiger

Tour at a glance

Level 3rd to 6th class
Group size Designed for groups of 30 maximum
Location National Museum of Ireland, Natural History, Merrion Street
Duration 60 minutes
Dates 16th, 17th, 23rd & 24th January 2019
Times 10am & 11:30am

Not wheelchair accessible



Curriculum Links

SESE Science

Investigating and experimenting
Collect information and data from a variety of sources, including maps (practical element of the workshop)

Living things
Plant and animal life

Environmental awareness and care
Environmental awareness; Science and the environment; Caring for the environment

Other curriculum links include

  • Geography (Skills, concepts and development; Human environment; Environmental awareness and care)
  • History (Story; Life, society, work, culture in the past; Continuity and change over time; Eras and change over time)
  • SPHE (Myself and the wider world)



Learning Outcomes

  • Increased knowledge on the habitats of the animals featured and their endangered status
  • Gain a greater knowledge of the history behind the Museum's collection and the stories behind some of the Irish explorers that donated items to the collection

Learn about:

  • Victorian attitudes to animals and foreign cultures 
  • Why museums and zoos started in Europe and North America
  • The role hunting plays on the endangerment and extinction of animals
  • How attitudes towards animals and foreign cultures have changed over the last 100 years
  • Why every person has a responsibility to protect nature and wildlife

Museum educator with group outside the Museum at the statue of Irish explorer and Surgeon Major Thomas Heazle Parke



Resources & Suggestions

Before Your Visit

Make the most of your visit to the Museum. Why not take a 3D virtual tour of the Natural History Museum in the classroom with your students.

Prepare the class for the visit - give them an idea of what to expect to see or have a discussion about the Museum in advance of the visit. Other topics you might like to cover might include biodiversity, endangerment & extinction, predator-prey interactions, camouflage and animal prints, conservation, different rock types or how fossils are formed.