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See what's on at the Museum this Midterm

Some young 'witches' cast a spell at Clarke Square at the NMI - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7

The National Museum of Ireland is delighted to present a 'spooktacular' range of events for families and intergenerational audiences to enjoy together at the Museum this Midterm from 23 to 31 October.

See what's on for the Hallowe'en Midterm break below and be sure to schedule in an autumn visit to your Museum! Book a free, timed entry ticket for three Museum sites open now in Dublin and Mayo.

Crows: Spooky or Smarties

NMI - Natural History (online)
11am | Saturday, 23 October

Crows are often associated with the supernatural and spooky time of Hallowe'en. Discover the Irish links between crows and Hallowe'en, and learn about the real animal behaviour behind the superstitions! Did you know that crows are one of the smartest groups of animals on the planet? Swoop in to this fun family online talk to discover more about these brainiest of birds! FIND OUT MORE

OUTDOOR TRAIL: Pumpkin hunt

NMI - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo
During Museum opening hours | 23-31 October 

Our popular pumpkin hunt returns to the gardens and woodland of Turlough Park from 23 to 31 October. Pick up a free map at Museum Reception and find all of the pumpkins and solve the riddle. Bring your completed challenge back to Reception to collect your prize (while stocks last). FIND OUT MORE

GALLERY TRAIL: Odious Objects

NMI - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo
During Museum opening hours | 23-31 October 

Pick up a Hallowe'en challenge sheet at Museum Reception and use the clues to find some 'Odious Objects' in the exhibition galleries. This Hallowe’en trail will take you on an object hunt across three floors of exhibition galleries with lots of fun learning about things in our Collection with a horrible past! See if you can find all 10 objects and solve the final puzzle to collect a prize at Reception (while stocks last). FIND OUT MORE

ART WORKSHOP: Bubble, Boil and Trouble

NMI - Decorative Arts & History (online)
Pre-recorded | Available now

Celebrate Hallowe'en by unleashing your inner witch or wizard at a special pre-recorded online art workshop! Find out how to make your very own crafty, colourful potions from home! Spoooooky costumes highly recommended but not essential. Send us your spell binding creations to share online at FIND OUT MORE

ONLINE ACTIVITY: Valhallaween!

NMI - Archaeology (online)
Downloadable activity | Launching 22 October

Dress up like a Viking for Hallowe'en using our Valhallaween activity sheets. Use our ‘Horrible Helmets’ craft activity to find out more about helmets and weapons used by the Vikings going into battle and create your own Viking Helmet. Discover more about the Viking god, Odin, and his ravens, Hugin and Munin, by creating your own Raven Mask using our 'Viking Raven Mask'  craft activity sheet. FIND OUT MORE

GUIDED TOUR: Autumn nature walks

NMI - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
12noon and 2pm, Tuesday-Thursday, 26-28 October

Join our Museum guides to discover the changes that are taking place at this time of the year in the spectacular gardens and woodland of Turlough Park. What animals have left us and which ones are returning? Are there any getting ready for hibernation, or are they all going to brave the long winter months to come? Find out more about autumn and nature on these guided walks. FIND OUT MORE

GUIDED TOUR: Ireland's National Folklife Collection

NMI - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo
3pm, Tuesday-Thursday, 26-28 October

Discover the unique stories, rich heritage and fascinating cultural traditions of our rural ancestors in this guided tour across four floors of exhibition galleries. Join our Museum guides to see Ireland's National Folklife Collection and learn about everyday life in rural Ireland from the 1850s to the 1950s. FIND OUT MORE

ARTS & CRAFTS: The Crow Knows

NMI - Natural History (online)
11am, Tuesday, 26 October

Learn how to make your very own wearable crow skull headpiece in this fun arts and crafts video developed for the National Museum of Ireland - Natural History in association with Recreate Ireland. This creative video for families and children (5+)  invites you to swoop in and discover the fascinating world of crows. FIND OUT MORE

ART WORKSHOP: Masks made easy!

NMI - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo
12noon, 2pm and 3pm, Friday-Saturday, 29-30 October

Learn about some traditional Samhain customs – including scary lanterns and homemade masks - and then join artist Breda Burns to see how you can turn your facemask into a terrifying disguise to go with any Hallowe’en costume. This is a free art workshop activity, suitable for families. FIND OUT MORE

Fantastical Beasties and How to Make Them

NMI - Decorative Arts & History (online)
Available from 12noon, Sunday, 31 October

Join multimedia artist Kim Sharkey and learn how to create your own clay Fantastical Beastie! This online workshop is inspired by animals in the Museum's silverware collection and other mythical beasts. Learn about some of the key design techniques applied to the Museum’s silverware collection. Using this knowledge, Kim will show you how to apply these techniques by creating a rolled piece of clay. Add paint and finish with a hanging beastie to decorate your home! FIND OUT MORE


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