A great programme of events for all of the family to enjoy.  With four incredible sites to discover and a full programme of Christmas events for all of the family to enjoy, be sure to schedule in a visit to your National Museum of Ireland this December. All events are free to attend however booking is required for some. See further details at museum.ie

CHRISTMAS FAMILY TRAIL: Get in the festive mood with the museum’s Christmas Family Trail. Have fun together, exploring and seeking out festive objects on display in the museum. Collect your trail sheet and pencils from Reception. At NMI – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7. DECEMBER 1-31 During Museum Hours. For all ages – No booking required

 

INSPECTORIUM – FESTIVE FOSSILS: Make your own festive fossil decoration and learn about fossils from around the world – from 500 million-year-old invertebrates to dinosaur poo and Ice Age mammals. At NMI – Natural History, Merrion Street, Dublin 2, SATURDAY DECEMBER 7 From: 11 am to 1 pm. For families – No booking required

 

POP-UP TALK: POLAR BEARS: Discover some surprising facts and tales about polar bears at this 15-minute pop-up talk in the Wonder Cabinet. At NMI – Natural History, Merrion Street, Dublin 2, SATURDAY DECEMBER 28 From: 12 Noon & 2 pm. For all ages – No booking required

 

INSPECTORIUM – LIFE IN THE FREEZER: From wolves to polar bears, find out about some amazing animals who can survive in the extreme cold and explore real specimens from the Museum’s collection. At NMI – Natural History, Merrion Street, Dublin 2. TUESDAY DECEMBER 31 From: 11 am to 1 pm. For families – No booking required

 

WINTER TRAIL: Challenge yourself to a winter activity trail to discover how Medieval lords, Viking children and Stone Age farmers celebrated winters past. Collect your trail sheet at Reception. At NMI – Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. DECEMBER 1-31 During Museum Hours. For families – No booking required

 

MEDIEVAL CHRISTMAS PILGRIMAGE: Go on a Medieval Christmas Pilgrimage through the museum galleries and chat with medieval craftsmen along the way. This is a free, drop-in event with no booking required. SUNDAY DECEMBER 15 From: 1 pm to 4 pm. Open Day, for all ages – No booking required. At NMI – Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. For families – No booking required

 

WINTER SOLSTICE TOUR: Celebrate the rising sun of the Winter Solstice at Newgrange and discover how monuments and archaeological objects are linked to celestial events. Booking required. At NMI – Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. SATURDAY DECEMBER 21 From: 11 am to 11:45 am Families with children.

 

For further information contact the Education and Outreach Department by phone on 0 1 648 6453 or emailing bookings@museum.ie.

See www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events/Christmas-at-the-Museum