National Museum of Ireland

Information

The National Museum of Ireland is devoted to Irish archaeology, history, decorative arts and natural history. Its collections are displayed in four museums:

  • National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology
  • National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts and History
  • National Museum of Ireland - Natural History
  • National Museum of Ireland - Country Life.

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology

The National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, which opened in 1890 and is located in Kildare Street, Dublin, contains artefacts ranging from 7000BC to the 16th Centuary, which are displayed in seven exhibition galleries.

The archaeological exhibitions trace the development of Irish civilisation from the arrival of the first people in Ireland in the Mesolithic or Middle Stone Age to late Medieval Ireland. In addition, there are exhibitions dealing with the civilisations of Ancient Egypt and Roman.

The National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology is home to the Irish Antiquities Division of the National Museum of Ireland. This division is responsible for maintaining the portable archaeological heritage of Ireland.

Education and outreach

The National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology's educational facilities include an audio-visual room, an Activity Cart in the exhibition galleries and a dedicated education resource room.

The Museum offers guided tours. Tours last approximately 45 minutes. At least 2 week's notice is required when booking group tours.

It is advisable to let Museum staff know in advance if you are visiting on a self-guided visit.

The Museum hosts public lectures throughout the year, as well as workshops. Admission to lectures is free and no booking is required, although places are allocated on a "first come first served" basis. Lectures last approximately one hour.

Check the calendar of events for details of tours, lectures and workshops.

Information on information sheets, teachers' notes and workpacks is available on the Museum's website.

You should contact the National Museum of Ireland's Education and Outreach Department at (01) 648 6453 or book online to book group tours or education programmes.

National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts and History

The National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts and History at Collins Barracks in Dublin contains collections of artefacts such as furniture, silver, ceramics, glassware, costume, and weaponry. It is home to the Art and Industrial Division of the National Museum of Ireland, which is responsible for artefacts relating to Irish political, economic, social, industrial and military history over the last 300 years. Museum staff also care for collections of Irish, European and Oriental decorative arts, which give an understanding of international design and culture as they relate to Ireland.

Education and outreach

The National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts and History offers guided tours including a general introduction to the Museum. Tours last approximately 45 minutes. At least one month's notice is required when booking group tours.

It is advisable to let Museum staff know in advance if you are visiting the Museum on a self-guided visit.

The Museum also hosts workshops and public lectures. Admission to lectures is free and no booking is required, although places are allocated on a "first come first served" basis.

Check the calendar of events for details of tours, lectures and workshops.

Information on information sheets, teachers' notes and workpacks is available on the Museum's website.

You should contact the National Museum of Ireland's Education and Outreach Department at (01) 648 6453 or book online to book group tours or education programmes.

National Museum of Ireland - Natural History

The National Museum of Ireland - Natural History, which is the oldest part of the National Museum and located in Merrion Street in Dublin, contains collections of Irish animals dating from prehistoric times to the present, international animals, invertebrate animals (animals without spines) and vertebrate animals (animals with spines).

Education and outreach

The National Museum of Ireland - Natural History hosts a range of guided tours. Tours last approximately 45 minutes. Check the calendar of events for details of tours, talks and workshops. At least 2 week's notice is required when booking group tours.

It is advisable to let Museum staff know in advance if you are visiting the National Museum of Ireland - Natural History on a self-guided visit.

Information on information sheets, teachers' notes and workpacks is available on the Museum's website.

You should contact the National Museum of Ireland's Education and Outreach Department at (01) 648 6453 or book online to book group tours or education programmes.

National Museum of Ireland - Country Life

The National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, which is the newest branch of the National Museum of Ireland, traces the traditions of rural life throughout Ireland from 1850-1950. Artefacts deal with domestic life, agriculture, fishing and hunting, clothing and textiles, furniture and fittings, trades and crafts, transport, sports and leisure and religion. The collections are housed in a purpose-built and award-winning museum building, which is set into the terraces of a lake and in the grounds of Turlough Park House, Co. Mayo.

Education and outreach

The National Museum of Ireland - Country Life hosts exhibitions with an educational theme, special annual events, drop-in activities, a Sunday programme of activities and craft workshops and craft demonstrations. It also offers guided tours. At least one month's notice is required when booking group tours.

It is advisable to let Museum staff know in advance if your group is visiting the Museum on a self-guided visit.

Check the calendar of events for details of tours, talks and workshops.

The Museum also contains an audio-visual room, an activity room and a resource room. Information on information sheets, teachers' notes and workpacks is available on the Museum's website.

You should contact the National Museum of Ireland's Education and Outreach Department at (01) 648 6453 or book online to book group tours or education programmes.

Rates

Admission to all four branches of the National Museum of Ireland is free.

There may be a charge for guided tours.

How to apply

Opening hours for all four branches of the National Museum of Ireland are:

  • Tuesdays to Saturdays 10am to 5pm
  • Sundays 2pm to 5pm.

The Museum is closed on Mondays, Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Where to apply

National Museum of Ireland

Marketing Department
Collins Barracks
Benburb Street
Dublin 7
Ireland

Tel:+353 (0)1 6486453
Locall:1890 687386 ext.304
Fax:+353 (0)94 9031498
Homepage: http://www.museum.ie
Email: educationtph@museum.ie

Page edited: 9 December 2014