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11 June 2022

Cruinniú na nÓg: At Home with NMI -Natural History

While the National Museum of Ireland-Natural History is closed for important building works, get creative this Cruinniú na nÓg with some short 'Museum at Home' activities.


Online Video: Inside the Dead Zoo!

Take a peek inside the National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, fondly nicknamed, the Dead Zoo. Meet the Bengal tiger, walrus and giant deer, as you discover the different types of animals and fossils on display at the Museum during this short video for young children.

Activity Duration: approx. 6 mins 

Activity Sheet - What happened to the Giant Deer?

Download and print an activity sheet on the giant deer and learn about an ancient animal that lived on your doorstep thousands of years ago! Colouring in the illustration and help the giant deer to escape the ice sheet by completing a short maze activity. 

Activity Duration: 10 mins +

Curate your own Wonder Cabinet

For a creative activity to try at home! The Wonder Cabinet at the Museum is full of interesting and unusual animals and fossils to discover! Why not try to curate your very own Wonder Cabinet?

Online video: 6 mins
Activity Duration: 1 hour +

Don’t forget you can also find your favourite animal or fossil on display with a self-guided online tour of the Museum using the 3D Virtual Visit

If you have any feedback let us know at or you can tell us how you got on by contacting us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – or share it yourself, just remember to use the hashtag #MuseumAtHome.


Cruinniú na nÓg: At Home with NMI -Natural History is located at:
Natural History,
Merrion Street,
Dublin 2
D02 F627

Take a peek inside the Dead Zoo and get creative with some online activities!

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Natural History,
Merrion Street,
Dublin 2,
D02 F627

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