Tour: Furry Friends

What do all mammals share in common? Join Educator Geraldine Breen for this seasonal tour about the different furry friends on display at the Dead Zoo. See upclose the range of animals, from red squirrels to brown bears, and learn about what they share in common and even get to touch a real wolf skin!

School group looking at the mounted tiger, upstairs in the Museum of Natural History

Tour at a glance

Level Junior Infants to 6th Class
Group size Designed for groups of 30 maximum
Location National Museum of Ireland, Natural History, Merrion Street
Duration 45 minutes
Dates November 29th and December 13th 2018
Times 10am & 11:30am


This tour is not wheelchair accessible. With advanced notification the tour can be adapted to take place on the ground floor only, for groups with mobility issues.



Curriculum Links

SESE Science

Working scientifically
Questioning; Observing; Analysing

Living things
Human life; Plant and animal life

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



Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a greater knowledge of the history of the Museum's collection of animals 
  • Understanding of mammals, their shared characeristics and what habitats they live in
  • Increased knowledge of Ireland's mammals and biodiversity
  • Increased knowledge of mammals around the world
  • What are the main threats to mammals living in the wild 
  • Observation and touch of mammal fur and bones from the handling collection

Learn about:

  • The small mammals that live all around Ireland and which ones are endangered
  • Irish predators and the important role they play in the environment
  • Touch the fur of a real wolf from the handling collection to discover the textures and how it feels
  • The skull of a pilot whale and discover how it feels and smells
  • The largest mammals in the world - stand underneath a 20m fin whale
  • See upclose other mammals such as a kangaroo, sloth, tiger and all the different bear species


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.

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