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Self-Guided Visit: Resources

A selection of activity sheets designed to explore the animals and fossils on display in the Museum

Let the Museum and its collections capture the imagination of your pupils with a self-guided visit.

Activity sheets are a great way to learn, explore and enjoy the objects and themes of the collections. Describe your favourite animal or follow one of our seasonal trails with a curriculum-linked activity sheet. Booking is essential.

Self-guided visit at a glance

Level: Junior Infants – 6th Class
Duration: 45 mins
Days: Museum opening hours. Limited availability. Please enquire below.
Times: Self-guided visits are booked on the hour only from 1pm – 3pm on Mondays and 10am - 3pm Tuesday - Friday. 
Booking: To enquire about booking a self-guided visit for your class with or without activity sheets, please complete this enquiry form.  

Curriculum links

  • Science (Living Things Strand)

  • SPHE

  • English

  • Art


Download and print the activity sheet for your self-guided visit. Alternatively you can request an activity sheet pack (one activity sheet per pupil) during the booking process. 

My Favourite Animal
Describe and sketch your favourite animal in the Museum with this short and simple activity sheet.

Аркуші із завданнями «Моя улюблена тварина» наразі доступні англійською, ірландською та українською мовами. 

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Seasonal trails

Follow a trail through the Museum to find our more about the animals you'll see on display. 

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Learning outcomes

On completion of a self-guided visit with activity sheet pupils should be able to -

  • Describe and sketch their favourite animal in the Museum.

  • Complete a short trail with activities.

  • Describe a range of different animals and fossils found in Ireland.

Before your visit

Prepare the class for the visit. 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 pupils.

Make an enquiry

To enquire about booking a self-guided visit for your class with or without activity sheets, please complete this enquiry form

If you have any further queries about any of the Education Department’s resources contact our Bookings Office at

Please regularly check the website for updated information on Museum opening hours. 

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