Summer workshops, tours and activities for Primary Schools at the National Museum of Ireland

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The National Museum of Ireland (NMI) has launched its summer 2022 programme of workshops, activities and resources for schools. The Museum is inviting schools all over Ireland to enjoy, engage and learn with culture in the classroom this summer and beyond online or in person.

This is the fifth specially developed, virtual programme launched by the National Museum of Ireland since traditional class visits to the Museum sites have been restricted due to COVID-19 regulations. All events are offered free of charge.

Although the National Museum of Ireland – Natural History is currently closed to the public for essential building works, you can still avail a range of online learning resources and workshops.


·       Ice Age Ireland – Cool Fossils!

Use these curriculum-linked activity sheets and video resource to learn more about Ice Age Ireland. In this museum activity, find out about Ice Age Ireland, learn about fossils and the different kinds of animals that lived on your doorstep thousands of years ago.

New Irish Resources for the Classroom!

·       Éire san Oighearaois – Iontaisí Iontacha

An ndearna tú iontas riamh de na cineálacha ainmhithe ársa a bhí ar leac an dorais againn na mílte bliain ó shin? Sa ghníomhaíocht Músaeim seo, déanfaimid iniúchadh ar Oighearaois na hÉireann, foghlaimeoimid faoi iontaisí i mbailiúchán an Mhúsaeim agus faoi na cineálacha éagsúla ainmhithe a bhí ina gcónaí anseo san am a chuaigh thart

·       Cuardach Focal Séasúracha

Cuir eolas ar bhailiúcháin Ard-Mhúsaem na hÉireann – Saol an Dúlra trínár mbileoga nua gníomhaíochta as Gaeilge. Iarr ar do dhaltaí triail a bhaint as na cuardaigh seo d’fhocail shéasúracha chun cur lena gcuid foclóra, agus an litriú agus an cumas díriú ar an obair a fheabhsú, agus iad ag cur eolais ar an dúlra sa Mhúsaem.


·       Online Workshop Calendar Customs: Decorating Easter Eggs

Find out about the customs and traditions that took place around Easter time. Afterwards have a go at decorating your own Easter egg with artist Breda Burns. BOOKING REQUIRED

·       The Top 10 Tour

Join our Panel of Freelance Guides on our top 10 tour. Find out about how our ancestors lived in this interactive and informative tour told through stories about key objects in the Museums’ collection. BOOKING REQUIRED

·       Seasonal Nature Tours

Tour the grounds of Turlough Park House with our Panel of Freelance Guides. Find out about nature and biodiversity on a seasonal woodland walk. Discover what trees are on site and how to identify them at different times of the year and then figure out what animals and plants are here and what we can do to protect them. BOOKING REQUIRED


NMI – Archaeology is open for self-guided visits. Enhance your visit with curriculum link resources from our webpage.

·       The Vikings in Ireland

Discover the amazing history of the Vikings in Ireland in this live virtual session! Join Museum educators for a live online virtual session broadcast direct to your classroom.

·       The Viking Runes!

Explore our specially designed activity sheets in the classroom to learn more about the Vikings

·       Early Medieval Ireland

Learn more about Ogham stones, and how to write your own message in Ogham in our activity sheet. Many of these monuments date to Early Medieval Ireland, when many of Ireland’s early saints were teaching the Irish people about Christianity. See if you can find the names of these saints in our word search and learn more about the objects connected to them.



·       Virtual Tour: Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising

Join Museum Guides, Educators and Curators for an engaging, informative and thought-provoking look at a significant period in Irish history, through the Museum’s recent ‘Proclaiming a Republic’ exhibition. This virtual tour focuses on personal stories, in particular those of the lesser-known participants and civilians who were involved in Easter Week, and examines why the rebellion happened, and the immediate aftermath. Included on this page are Teachers Notes, which will guide your class through the film.

·       Classroom Activity: Make Some Noise!

Through a series of online tutorials, sound artist Ed Devane will show you how to make some musical instruments, inspired by instruments in the Museum’s collections. Artist and musician Ed Devane was inspired by the Museum’s musical instrument collection to create some online instrument making workshops. All are easily made from either materials already found in most homes or classrooms, or material that can be easily sourced from supermarkets. 


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