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Celebrating education and research for International Museum Day

Fonthill Vase, Chinese, c.1300-40. NMI Collections DC:1882.3941

Delve into a rich history of objects, stories and discoveries on Saturday, 18 May, to mark International Museum Day 2024.

International Museum Day is an annual event that recognises the important work of cultural institutions in the development and preservation of an integrated and functional society. This year’s theme of 'Museums for Education and Research' highlights the pivotal role of museums in these spheres.

Here are several highlight events designed to ignite your sense of wonder and curiosity this International Museum Day. 

Admission is free and no booking is required.

Drop-In Workshop: Tactile Timeline of Historic Ireland

Saturday 18 May, 10.30am - 12.30pm & 2pm - 4pm, Families
National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Come to the Learning Resource Room to see how objects changed and developed from Early Medieval Ireland, through to Viking Ireland and into Medieval Ireland. Take part in some relaxing colouring activities, read through our many books about archaeology, and make sure to explore the Museum's galleries afterwards. No booking is required. FIND OUT MORE

Animation Station with Paper Panther

Saturday 18 May, 11am - 1pm, Families
National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7

Inspired by the sporty artefacts on display in GAA: People, Objects & Stories, make your own drawings move by learning to create animation devices known as thaumatropes and phenakistoscopes. Don't know what these are? Come along and see! No booking is required. FIND OUT MORE

Hands-on History: Museum Mechanics

Saturday, 18 May, 2pm - 4pm, All Ages
National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7

Have you ever wondered about the life of objects before they are put on display? Take a look at some fascinating artefacts from the Museum’s handling collection. Explore some of the paths artefacts take and the questions museum workers ask of them before they are put into the glass case! No booking is required for this event.  FIND OUT MORE

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