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Workshop: The Natural History of Post Workshop

Visit the National Gallery of Ireland and the Museum of Natural History to see both the Curious Creatures – Frans Post & Brazil exhibition and a Victorian museum filled with taxidermy! During the hands-on workshop at the Museum of Natural History, touch different skulls of curious creatures from South America and explore the Mammals of the World exhibition with a Museum Educator. Discover the different animals that were gifted to the Museum by explorers over 100 years ago!

School group talking with a Museum Educator in the Irish Room

Tour at a glance

Level 3rd class to 6th class
Group size Designed for groups of 30 maximum
Location National Museum of Ireland, Natural History, Merrion Street
Duration 45 minutes
Dates September 26th; October 24th; November 28th; December 12th
Times 11am

Not wheelchair accessible

Booking Please contact the National Gallery of Ireland; T: 01 6633510 E: tours@ngi.ie or visit their website https://www.nationalgallery.ie/



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

  • Understanding what can be learnt from animal skulls through observation and touch
  • Understanding what can be learnt from animal taxidermy through observation and questioning
  • The importance of science and museum collections and how this can help conserve wildlife
  • Greater knowledge on how an animals environment and diet influence how it looks and behaves

Learn about:

  • How to identify animal skulls like a real scientist
  • The wildlife of South America and endangered species
  • The history of the Museum and how it got it's collection of animal taxidermy and skeletons



Sloth drawing by Frans Post

Photo credit: National Gallery of Ireland. Drawing of sloth by Frans Post. 

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