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On-site Tour: Get Stuffed! - No slots currently available

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+ mins
Capacity: One class per session
Days: Thursdays (No slots currently available)
Times: 10am & 11.30am
Description: Watch a short curriculum-linked video at the Wonder Cabinet, followed by 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.

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.
  • Describe differences and similarities between a toy animal, living animals, and taxidermy.
  • Understand the basics of taxidermy; 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

Resources used during this workshop

Video resources: What’s the difference between toy animals and stuffed animals at the Museum (2 min 55 sec)

Before your visit

Teachers, please preview a short curriculum linked video that will be screened to your class during the virtual session. Please do not show this to your class in advance of your visit!

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

Why not take a 3D virtual tour of the NMI - Natural History in the classroom with your students.

Make an enquiry

Please note: Please note: Due to low staffing, for the coming term we only have self-guided visit options for school visits, we apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause. Self-guided visits must be booked, by contacting the Bookings Office. We can also supply Activity sheets on request, to use during the visit.

To enquire about booking a self-guided visit for your class please complete this enquiry form.

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