Tour: The Natural History Trail

Students will see up-close zoological and geological examples of the natural world that have been on display since we opened our doors 160 years ago .This introductory tour covers the highlights and unique stories from a selection of the 10,000 items on display, covering curriculum linked themes such as biodiversity, ecology, endangerment and extinction.

Students in the Reading Area

Tour at a Glance

Level 1st - 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

Junior Certificate

Biological World
Element: Systems and interactions
Element: Sustainability

Transition Year

Transition Units
Environmental studies

Leaving Certificate

1.4 General Principles of Ecology
1.5 A Study of an Ecosystem



Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a greater knowledge of wildlife in Ireland and around the world
  • Increased knowledge of local and global environmental issues
  • Greater insight into the history of the collection and the changing roles of Museums in the last 100 years

Learn about:

  • How the giant Irish deer became extinct 10,500 years ago in Ireland
  • A 7 metre long basking shark that was caught off the west coast of Ireland 147 years ago
  • The ecology of different mammals from around the world and the threats the face
  • Hear the tale of Irish Arctic Explorer Sir Francis Leopold McClintock and the polar bear



Resources and 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.