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Join us for enriching after hours events at the National Museum of Ireland! Late Night at the Museum Thursdays until 8pm

Join us on Thursday evenings until 8pm from 4 July to 12 September 2024 .

Join us on Thursday evenings until 8pm from 4 July to 12 September 2024 for an exciting free programme of tours, talks, handling sessions, and workshops at the three Dublin branches of the National Museum of Ireland.

Discover the wonders of history, art, and natural science at the National Museum of Ireland with our free after-hours highlight events. Admission is free and no booking is required.

Please be advised of the following: 

  • The National Museum of Ireland - Natural History late night opening runs until 29 August 2024.

  • Enjoy a 10% discount at our Museum shops in the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology and the National Museum of Ireland -Decorative Arts & History


A Taste of the Past: The History of Food & Drink free guided tour
Thursday, 4 July, 5.30pm,  Adults & Families
National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dubin 7

Explore wining and dining through the ages.


The History of Art in Ireland guided tour
Thursday, 4 July, 6pm, Adults & Families
National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Learn about the development of art from the Stone Age to Early Medieval Ireland.


Museum Director's Highlights Tour of the Dead Zoo
Thursday, 4 July, 6pm to 6.45pm, Adults
National Museum of Ireland - Natural History, Merrion Street, Dublin 2

Join Lynn Scarff, Director of the National Museum of Ireland, on a special evening tour of the Dead Zoo where she will share personal highlights of the collection in the Ground Floor gallery of the Natural History Museum.


Museum Director's Highlights Tour of Collins Barracks
Thursday, 11 July, 5.30pm, Adults & Families
National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dubin 7
Museum Director, Lynn Scarff, will give a special tour of the Museum sharing her personal highlights from the collection. 


The History of Art in Ireland guided tour
Thursday, 11 July, 6pm, Adults & Families
National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Learn about the development of art from the Stone Age to Early Medieval Ireland.


'Out of Storage' Highlights - Behind the Scenes Bird Collections
Thursday, 11 July, 6pm to 7pm, Adults & Families
National Museum of Ireland - Natural History, Merrion Street, Dublin 2

Drop-in and discover some highlights from the extensive bird collections at the National Museum of Ireland -Natural History. Meet Zoology Curator, Emma Murphy, as she showcases some of her favourite specimens from the 'behind the scenes' research collections.


Asgard: From Gun-Running to Recent Conservation - Curator's talk
Thursday, 18 July, 5.30pm, Adults
National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dubin 7
Learn about the fascinating life of the Asgard yacht, from its revolutionary history to its storied restoration.


The Saints and Scholars of Ireland guided tour
Thursday, 18 July, 6pm, Adults & Families
National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Discover the artefacts associated with the patron saints of Ireland - St. Patrick, St. Brigid and St. Colmcille.


Curating Monsters - The Importance of Pathology in Natural History Collections
Thursday, 18 July, 6pm, Adults
National Museum of Ireland- Natural History, Merrion Street, Dublin 2
Meet Zoology Curator, Dr Amy Geraghty, and learn about the importance of collecting, maintaining and studying unusual specimens and how Natural History Collections can contribute to the study of diseases and environmental impacts. 


Game, Set, Match: The History of Sports in Irish Society guided tour
Thursday, 25 July, 5.30pm, Adults & Families
National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dubin 7
Learn about the origins of camogie, the meaning of 'garrison games', and the revolutionary history of the GAA, among many other fascinating insights into Ireland's complex sporting world.


Summer Highlights guided tour
Thursday, 25 July, 6pm, Adults & Families
National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

An evening tour of the National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology exploring the history of some of the most famous archaeological objects in Ireland including the Knowth Macehead, the Mooghaun Hoard and the ‘Tara' Brooch as well as some lesser well known but equally fascinating objects from the Collection! 


A History of Sharks through their Teeth
Thursday, 25 July, 6pm to 6.45pm, Adults
National Museum of Ireland - Natural History, Merrion Street, Dublin 2

Meet Dr Aodhán Ó Gogáin who will dispel the myth that sharks are voracious top predators that have remained unchanged since before the dinosaurs. Join Dr Ó Gogáin to learn how the fossil record of these animals and their relations tells a completely different story.


The Way We Wore guided tour: Representations of Social Change through Clothing
Thursday, 1 August, 5.30pm, Adults & Families
National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dubin 7
Explore the changing roles of women in Ireland as reflected by the history of their clothing and costume.


The Saints and Scholars of Ireland guided tour
Thursday, 1 August, 6pm, Adults & Families
National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Discover the artefacts associated with the patron saints of Ireland - St. Patrick, St. Brigid and St. Colmcille.


Roger Casement's Natural History Collections
Thursday, 1 August, Cancelled.
National Museum of Ireland - Natural History, Merrion Street, Dublin 2
Unfortunately this talk has been cancelled.


Hands-on History: Unconvertible Rebels, The Women of Revolutionary Ireland - handling table
Thursday, 8 August, 5.30pm, Adults & Families
National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dubin 7
Join Museum educators for an interactive handling session with objects from the Museum's handling collection that reflect a history of women's activism during the revolutionary era of 1913-1923.


Recovered Voices: Stories and Experiences of the Irish during World War One guided tour
Thursday, 15 August, 5.30pm, Adults & Families
National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dubin 7
Explore fascinating histories of Irish soldiers fighting in World War I in this free guided tour of the Recovered Voices exhibition. 


What's Next for the Dead Zoo?
Thursday, 15 August, 6pm to 6.45pm, Adults
National Museum of Ireland- Natural History, Merrion Street, Dublin 2.
The Dead Zoo is due to close its doors for a major refurbishment at the end of the summer. Keeper Paolo Viscardi will be onsite for this late event answering questions about why the museum is closing, what work is being done behind the scenes, and what the next steps will be in order to bring new life to the Dead Zoo.


Prehistoric Ireland guided tour
Thursday, 22 August, 6pm, Adults & Families
National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Discover Mesolithic fish-traps, food of Neolithic Ireland, wonderful gold objects of the Irish Bronze Age, and artefacts from Iron Age Ireland. 


Become a Swiftie 
Thursday, 22 August, 6pm to 6.45pm, Adults
National Museum of Ireland- Natural History, Merrion Street, Dublin 2.
Join Museum Educator, Geraldine Breen, for her talk on our most fascinating frequent flyer - the swift. Discover the essentials of this species, with a peek behind the scenes and some stories about swifts in the city. Get ready to become a swiftie! 


Gloves, Games and Gallons of Fun - handling table
Thursday, 29 August, 5.30pm, Adults & Families
National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dubin 7


Colonial Collections - Global Biodiversity in an Irish Museum
Thursday, 29 August, 6pm to 6.45pm, Adults
National Museum of Ireland - Natural History, Merrion Street, Dublin 2.

The Dead Zoo is a repository of Irish biodiversity, mapping the animal species found on the island and in the surrounding seas. But the collection also encompasses biodiversity from around the globe and reflects human histories of trade, colonisation and exploitation. Join Keeper Paolo Viscardi to discover some of the stories of where collections came from, how they were acquired, and how some of them are playing an important role in understanding biodiversity in their source nations, with examples discovered during a collaborative digitisation project led by the SINGIFY team from the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum in Singapore.
 


Museum Director's Highlights tour of the National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology
5th September, 6pm to 6.45pm, Adults
National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Director Lynn Scarff will give a special tour of the Museum sharing her personal highlights in the collection. 


Revolutionary Women Guided Tour: Representations through Soldiers and Chiefs
5th September, 5.30pm to 6.15pm, Adults
National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dubin 7

 



From Barracks to Museum – An Introduction to Collins Barracks guided tour
12th September, 5.30pm to 6.15pm, Adults
National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dubin 7

 


Prehistoric Ireland guided tour
12th  September, 6pm to 6.45pm, Adults
National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

On this tour, discover Mesolithic fish-traps, food of Neolithic Ireland, wonderful gold objects of the Irish Bronze Age, and artefacts from Iron Age Ireland. 

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