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Online Workshop: Museum Explorers!

Join Museum Educators from the National Museum, Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks online and live in your classroom to explore how objects enable our understanding of history in an engaging and interactive workshop

Students will be introduced to key artefacts from the National Museum’s collection, and through a series of fun activities will learn about how to analyse and interpret artefacts and appreciate their importance in shaping our knowledge of the past and the people who lived in it. 

Activity at a Glance

Level:  3rd – 6th Class
Format: Online Facilitated Workshop
Group Size: This session is recommended for 30 students max. 
Online via: Microsoft Teams
Availability: This workshop is offered on Tuesday’s from 10.00am – 11.00am and 11.30am – 12.30pm. For more information on booking a slot for this workshop please contact 

Curriculum Links 

Subject: History 

Working as a Historian
Time and chronology/ Using evidence/ Change and continuity/ Synthesis and communication/ Cause and effect/ Empathy

Local studies
Buildings, sites or ruins in my locality/ My locality through the ages

Stories from the lives, myths and legends of people in the past

Life, society, work and culture in the past
Language and culture in late 19th and early 20th century Ireland

Eras of change and conflict
Changing roles of women in the 19th and 20th centuries

Continuity and change over time
Literature, art, crafts and culture

Learning Outcomes 

  • To provide a unique, engaging and thought-provoking learning experience through a first-hand study of artefacts and discussion
  • To enhance students understanding of our place in history and the importance of objects in comprehending the past
  • To understand the role of museums in preserving and collecting history and heritage
  • To provide an engaging and thought-provoking learning experience
  • To provide an introduction to the history of Collins Barracks and the National Museum of Ireland
  • To aid critical thinking, observation, analysis and teamwork skills

Make a Booking 

This workshop is offered every Tuesday at 10.00 – 11.00 and 11.30-12.30. The workshops are conducted through Microsoft Teams and can be booked through It is vital that a booking is made at least 2 weeks in advance in order to give the Bookings Department adequate time to confirm an educator for your class. Teachers must book a pre-workshop phone call 48 hours prior to the event to speak with their presenter about the workshop, including information about operating Microsoft teams, learning aims of the class, and the role of the teacher during the workshop.

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Decorative Arts & History

Collins Barracks ,
Benburb St,
Dublin 7,
D07 XKV4

+353 1 677 7444