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Heritage Week 2018 - Natural History

Free events at the Dead Zoo, Merrion Street, Dublin 2

Image of the mounted zenra and hippo taxidermy in the Mammals of the World Exhibition on the First Floor

Sharing Stories at the Dead Zoo!

Saturday 18th August 2018. 12:00pm & 2:00pm.


What animal on display has plastic horns and who has the largest antlers in the world? Join Zoologist, Sarah Sarsfield, on a tour of stories from the Dead Zoo. Meet some wildlife fact to face in the Irish Room, such as the fossils of the giant Irish deer, Ireland's largest bird of prey - the white tailed sea eagle, and the many different species of sharks found in Irish waters. See and smell the pilot whale skull before heading upstairs to the Mammals of the World Exhibition. Hear stories of the black rhino and why it has plastic horns, how we got Spoticus the giraffe and the infamous and dramatic story of how we got the polar bear that is on display, back in 1851.

No booking required , places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before the tour starts.

Audience: Ages 8 +

Not wheelchair accessible.

Photo of the Asian Elephant on display at the National Museum of Ireland. Family members are looking at the elephant as they complete the Summer Sun activity trail.

African Stories and Tails - BOOKED OUT

Tuesday 21st August 2018. 11:00am & 12:00pm.

Pre-booked event.

Join Storyteller, Adekunle Gomez,  in the Reading Area and hear tales from Africa and beyond! Discover the tale of Manzandaba and her husband Zenzele as they try to discover 'Where Stories Come From@ with the help of some animals along the way including a hare, monkey, owl, elephant, eagle and turtle! See up close some of these animals on display at the Mammals of the World Exhibition on the First Floor of the Dead Zoo and get a chance to touch some real bones, teeth and skulls from the handling collection during this family event.

Adekunle Gomez is a Storyteller and Programme Director of the African Cultural Project and Africa Institute in Ireland.

Audience: Families

Not wheelchair accessible.

Please book in advance by emailing educationnh@museum.ie or contact 01 6486316.


The King and the Arctic Fox

Wednesday 22nd August 2018. 11:00am - 1:00pm.

Drop-in Activity

During this drop-in session meet Educators, Catherine McGuinness and Geraldine Breen, as they share two important stories of Irish heritage, natural history, exploration and kings at the Dead Zoo. Learn about what King George V donated to the Museum in 1913 after his visit to Ireland in 1911, and what  the 'Artic Fox' AKA explorer, Sir Francis Leopold McClintock, encountered during a mission to Baffin Bay in 1851. During this hands-on session with animal skulls, discover the stories behind two of the largest carnivores on display at the National Museum of Ireland, Natural History.

Audience: Ages 8 +

Not wheelchair accessible.


Pop-Up Chat: What is Falconry?

Thursday 23rd August 2018. 12:30pm


Meet Ellen Hagen from the Museum of Archaeology at the University of Stavanger, Norway for a quick chat in the Irish Room about  Falconry; the history with emphasis on the Vikings; the technique and the story of Farah the Saker Falcon.

No booking required. This talk will be 20 minutes long and is based in the Irish Room at the Birds of Pry cabinet.

Audience: Adults and children 7 +

Wheelchair accessible.

Photo of a peregrine falcon. Credit Klaus Leix.

Photo credit Klaus Leix.