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Explore the infinite possibilities of science with the National Museum of Ireland for Science Week 2022

Medieval Glendalough LEGO® model, created by LEGO® artist Jessica Farrell

'Explore the infinite possibilities of science' is the theme for Science Week 2022 and the NMI is delighted to present an exciting programme of events with something for all ages - from the weird world of parasites to a Medieval Glendalough LEGO® model display. 

Science Week takes place each November in Ireland, celebrating science in our everyday lives. It is an initiative of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the aim is to engage and inspire people of all ages with science, engineering and technology. This year, Science Week runs from 13 to 20 November.

See some of our highlight events for Science Week 2022


ONLINE TALK: Opening a can of worms: parasites in the National Museum of Ireland - Natural History

Friday 18 November, 1.15pm -1.45pm, Adults

This Science Week join NMI- Natural History Zoology Curator, Dr Amy Geraghty, for a special online talk for adults to discover some examples of parasites from the collections. Parasites are found in nearly every environment and creature on earth. They are important but understudied parts of ecosystems - a community of interacting organisms and their environment. Help us to lift the lid on their behaviour, lifecycles and presence in the National Museum of Ireland – Natural History. Booking is required. FIND OUT MORE

Glendalough LEGO® Open Day

Saturday 12  November, 10am  - 4.30pm, Families
Sunday 13 November, 1pm - 4.30pm, Families

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

This Science Week, come to the Museum and view the Medieval Glendalough LEGO® model, created by LEGO® artist Jessica Farrell, containing over 40,000 bricks! 

Throughout the first weekend of Science Week 2022, the Medieval Glendalough LEGO® Model will be on display at the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology. During these open days, on Saturday and Sunday, 12 and 13 November, the model will be available for viewing with a variety of other activities taking place. Hands-on LEGO® workshops will be available where children can contribute to the longest LEGO® wall ever built in Ireland.

The Open Day will take place in the Ceramics Room, first floor, between 10am and 4.30pm on Saturday,12 November, and between 1pm and 4.30pm on Sunday, 13 November. This event is not wheelchair accessible. 

Please note that the Open Day is free with no booking required, however booking is required for the LEGO® workshops. These workshops are available to book on Eventbrite. FIND OUT MORE

Planet Champion Workshop

Saturday 12 November, 2pm, Families
National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Castlebar, Mayo

Take part in Science Week at the Museum by exploring the problem of climate change and discovering how our activities create excessive greenhouse gases. Learn more about the science behind our changing climate by launching hot air balloons and making infrared waves.  Join Declan Holmes from Science Ireland for this special hands-on Science Week workshop at 2pm on Saturday, 12 November. Booking is required. FIND OUT MORE

Science Week Outreach: Viking Artefact Detective goes to Tullamore

Tuesday, 15 November, Families
St. Mary’s Youth and Community Cente, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. 

The Education and Outreach Department at NMI - Archaeology will be bringing the Viking Handling Collection to Tullamore, Co. Offaly, for family workshops as part of the Midlands Science Festival. Archaeologists use lots of scientific techniques to figure out what life was like in Ireland hundreds, and even thousands, of years ago. Educators from the National Museum of Ireland will show lots of replica artefacts and raw materials, for you to take a closer look. Think like an archaeologist and use the evidence to solve the puzzle and discover what these objects are and how they were used by the Vikings. Midlands Science Festival is supported by the Science Foundation Ireland Discover Programme as part of national Science Week. This event is open to everyone and will take place St. Mary’s Youth and Community Cente, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. The event is wheelchair accessible. FIND OUT MORE

Science Week Outreach Lecture: Archaeology Through the Keyhole; Stories Through Science from Co. Offaly

Tuesday, 15 November, 7pm, Adults

Offaly History Centre, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

Discover more about archaeological artefacts from Co. Offaly, including the Dowris Hoard, with Dr Bernard Gilhooly, Assistant Keeper of Irish Antiquities from the National Museum of Ireland. This talk will examine artefacts from the county, and with Science Week in mind, we will look at some of the techniques archaeologists use to interpret objects, and how they tell stories about past peoples and societies. Booking is required. FIND OUT MORE

Science Week Special Inspectorium with the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group

Saturday 19 November, 12pm - 4pm,  Families

National Museum of Ireland - Natural History, Dublin 2

Drop-in to the Wonder Cabinet this Science Week for a special ‘Inspectorium’ with the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. Learn about the evolution of whales and dolphins and discover some of the fun ways to identify different species from inspecting their bones and teeth.  An 'Inspectorium' is a drop-in event with a short activity that takes about 10-15 mins and is located on the ground floor of the Museum. Places are allocated on a first come, first basis, no booking required. Wheelchair accessible. FIND OUT MORE

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