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Spring into heritage & traditions at the National Museum of Ireland

New ways to enjoy your National Museum of Ireland this Spring.

Spring is a time for new beginnings and rejuvenation, so why not take time out and visit  the National Museum of Ireland, and experience a season filled with traditions, history and culture.

If you can't join us onsite you can still watch our videos and learn how to make a St. Brigid's Cross, discover the history behind St. Brigid's shoe shrine or learn about the Lunar Year of the Tiger. 

For onsite visits book your free ticket to the National Museum of Ireland here


National Museum of Ireland- Country Life

21 Years of the Irish Folklife Collections at Turlough Park

Customs of St. Brigid's Day

National Museum of Ireland- Country Life

February 1st marks Lá Fhéile Bríde or St Brigid’s Day. There are many traditions and customs associated with this feast-day, including the practice of making St. Brigid's Day Crosses. Learn how to make your own here.

Online Pop-up talk: St. Brigid's Shoe Shrine

National Museum of Ireland- Archaeology

Celebrate St. Brigid's Day (1st February) and learn more about the saint and her shoe shrine. Click here

Online Activity: St. Brigid Shoe Shrine Colouring Sheet

National Museum of Ireland- Archaeology

To celebrate St. Brigid’s Day, why not download and print out our new colouring sheet of St. Brigid’s Shoe Shrine and learn more about Ireland’s only female patron saint. Click Here

Dublin Lunar New Year – Spotlight Talk: Tibetan Buddhist Thangka, The Arhat Upasaka Dharmatala

National Museum of Ireland- Decorative Arts & History

Celebrate Dublin Lunar New Year 2022, the Year of the Tiger. Join Dr Audrey Whitty, Head of Collections and Learning and Deputy Director at the National Museum of Ireland, who will discuss a specific Thangka painting from the Museum’s highly important Asian art collections. Dr Audrey Whitty will focus specifically on the Thangka painting, The Arhat Upasaka Dharmatala. Learn more here.

St. Valentine's Day

National Museum of Ireland- Decorative Arts & History

Learn more about the origins of St. Valentine's Day, in this online talk, inspired by objects in the Museum’s collections.

Spring into Action Virtual Quiz

National Museum of Ireland- Natural History

It’s spring and all of nature is busy – building nests, looking after young or finding food after a long winter’s sleep. Follow this online trail with a National Museum of Ireland - Natural History Educator.

Colmcille: Sacred objects of a Saint - 1500 years of devotion

National Museum of Ireland- Archaeology

This exhibition celebrates of one of Ireland’s three patron saints on the 1500th anniversary of his birth, through a selection of famous artefacts associated with him. Learn more here.

Glendalough: Power, Prayer and Pilgrimage

National Museum of Ireland- Archaeology

Glendalough is of national significance as the story of a saint who became intertwined with landscape, buildings and objects as Christianity transformed medieval Ireland. The major players in medieval Ireland were all involved from the Vikings, bishops and abbots, to local and national kings. Learn more here

Our Irish Chair: Tradition Revisited

National Museum of Ireland- Country Life

Explore the design and exceptional crafting tradition of an engaging Irish chair type, and the creativity it continues to inspire. Learn more here.

'1845: Memento Mori' by Paula Stokes

National Museum of Ireland- Country Life

1845: Memento Mori is a famine memorial by glass artist Paula Stokes. It is an installation of 1,845 handblown glass potatoes remembering the Great Irish Famine. Learn more here.

Studio & State: The Laverys and the Anglo-Irish Treaty

National Museum of Ireland- Decorative Arts & History

This exhibition features for the first time Sir John Lavery’s paintings of the Treaty signatories from Hugh Lane Gallery next to contemporary artefacts of the time from the National Museum of Ireland’s collection. Museum objects include the fountain pen reputedly used by Michael Collins to sign the original Treaty document and propaganda handbills. It marks the centenary of the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in December 1921. Learn more here.

Down to Earth - Exploring Ireland's Geology

National Museum of Ireland- Decorative Arts & History

Down to Earth, Exploring Ireland's Geology is an exhibition on the geology of Ireland that tells the story of how scientists have developed their understanding of our planet over the last 175 years. Learn more here.

Little Houses

National Museum of Ireland- Decorative Arts & History

Little Houses is an exhibition of artworks created through a collaborative partnership between the Stoneybatter Youth Service and the National Museum.

The artworks were created by young people from the community close to Collins Barracks during the series of Lockdowns since March 2020. The exhibition is a visual record of their experiences of the pandemic and its impact on the community, and wider society. Down load the Exhibition Flipbook here.

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