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On-site Tour: Get Stuffed!

A Loggerhead Turtle on display in the Wonder Cabinet

A new specifically designed session for junior primary audiences. Make some new friends as we visit the furry deer, feathery puffins, and scaly turtles in the museum, during this tour led by a Museum Educator.

On-site tour at a glance

Level: Junior Infants – 2nd Class
Duration: 30 - 40 mins
Capacity: One class per session
Availability: Fully Booked until Easter mid-term. Programme for April - June 2024 term will be available to book in March.
Times: 10am & 11.30am
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. If your group has any additional access concerns or requirements please advise the Museum Bookings team in advance. 
Booking: To enquire about booking a facilitated visit for your class please complete this enquiry form.
Description: Join a short tour of the displays on the ground floor Irish Room as we investigate the differences between toy animals, living animals and stuffed museum animals! Pupils are invited to bring along their favourite teddy to help them learn about real vs. fake stuffed animals. Includes a close up inspection of some of the education handling collections e.g. real fur, feathers and scales. 

Please note: The teacher will remain with the class throughout the duration of the workshop.

Curriculum links

SESE Science

Investigating and experimenting
Collect information and data from a variety of sources

Living things
Human life; Plant and animal life

Learning outcomes

On completion of this live session students should be able to: 

  • Give a brief description of a natural history museum and name examples of Irish animals and fossils on display.
  • Understand the basics of taxidermy or stuffed animals; identify what parts are real and what parts are fake.
  • Increase knowledge of living things e.g. observe and describe an animal and it’s body parts

Before your visit

Prepare the class for the tour. Give pupils an idea of what to expect to see or have a discussion about the Museum in advance of the visit.

  • Teachers, screen a short curriculum linked video (What is the Difference Between Toy Animals and Stuffed Animals at the Museum? 2 min 55 secs) to introduce your class to the topics covered in the tour. Teachers please review the video in advance and be aware that there are behind the scenes images of giraffe skin being placed over a model frame. Please note that the video shows displays from the first floor of the Museum which is currently closed to the public.
  • Why not take a 3D virtual tour of the NMI - Natural History in the classroom with your puplis.

Make an enquiry

To enquire about booking a facilitated visit for your class please complete this enquiry form.

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Merrion Street,
Dublin 2,
D02 F627

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