Tour: Extinction Who's to Blame?

Get your students thinking about and debating the issues surrounding climate change, sustainability and stewardship.Students investigate case studies of endangered and extinct species within the Museum's collection and increase their awareness of human impacts on the natural world.

Students in the Reading Area looking at handling objects

Tour at a Glance

Level 5th and 6th Year
Group size Designed for groups of 30 maximum
Location National Museum of Ireland, Natural History, Merrion Street
Duration 60 minutes
Dates 2019 Limited availability. Please contact for inquiries
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

Leaving Certificate

1.4 General Principles of Ecology
1.5 A Study of an Ecosystem

Elective Unit 4: Patterns and processes in economic activities
Optional Unit 6: Global interdependence
Optional Unit 7: Geoecology



Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a greater knowledge of extinction and the endangerment of species
  • Increased knowledge of human impacts of wildlife in Ireland and around the world
  • Greater insight into the history of the collection and the changing roles of Museums in the last 100 years

Learn about:

  • The fossils and mounted taxidermy on display that are extinct such as the giant Irish deer and thylacine.
  • The complex nature of a re-introduction conservation programme of Irish birds of prey
  • See up close invasive species in Ireland that are to be regulated as part of the new European Commission implementation plan.
  • Hear how one of Ireland's critically endangered species is high on the list of illegally traded wildlife.
  • Discover the different endangered species of animals on exhibit at the Museum that are on the brink of extinction including rhinoceros, tigers and gorillas. 
  • Discuss the threats to species and their environments and the role of Museums.


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.