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The Top 10 Tour

Join an experienced Museum Guide on our 'Top 10 Tour'.

Find out about how our ancestors lived in this interactive and informative tour told through stories about key objects in the Museums' collection.  

Activity at a Glance

Level: All classes  
Group Size: Classroom size
5min: Introduction to Museum 
40min: Tour through the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life exhibition galleries 
5min: Conclusion Q & A
Availability: Various dates and times - please check availability with the bookings office
Times: Various dates and times - please check availability with the bookings office
Booking: Booking required

Bookings and information:

Please complete an online enquiry form and we will be in touch soon.

Alternatively, you can email the Bookings Office at or telephone (094) 90 31751. 


Curriculum Links: 


  • Working as an historian; Discuss the Past and Present – Imagine and Discuss Stories from the Past

  • Local studies; Story; Life, society, work and culture in the past;Home – School – Trades – Craft – Feasts and Festivals – Games – Stories of People in the Past – Farming - Fishing

  • Eras of change and conflict; Politics, conflict and society; Emigration – Famine – Change in Land Ownership – Foundation of the State – Northern Ireland

  • Continuity and change over time; Food – Farming – Clothes – Transport – Craft – Culture – Communications – Energy and Power


  • Sense of Place – People and Communities Living and Working in the Area - How Culture, Language and Customs Reflect the Nature of Places – Home – Economic and Leisure Activities

  • Human Environments – People Living and Working in the Local Area and Contrasting Parts of Ireland – Communities – Settlement – People at Work – Transport and Communications

  • Caring for the Environment – Changes in Farming Practice

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Gain an understanding of the National Folklife Collection and associated themes through 10 key objects on display 

  • Learn about the people, events, issues and cultural experiences which have helped to shape the local community and the environment

  • Appreciation of cultural and historical inheritances from a local and national context

  • Learn about conservation and change in the environment

  • Develop a sense of personal, local, national, European and wider identities through studying the history and cultural inheritance of local and other communities

  • Develop a sense of responsibility for, and a willingness to participate in, the preservation of heritage

  • Learn about the impact of environmental conditions on the lives of people in the locality and in other areas, and come to appreciate some of the ways in which humans use, modify or influence their environments

  • Learn about and come to value the diversity of peoples, cultures and societies in Ireland

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Country Life

Turlough Park,
Co. Mayo,
F23 HY31

+353 94 903 1755