Heritage Highlights at the National Museum

The National Museum of Ireland has announced an exciting programme of 20 free talks, workshops, tours and events to celebrate National Heritage Week across its 4 sites in Dublin and Mayo.

Choose from 20 events running at the National Museum of Ireland across its 4 sites in Dublin and Mayo.

In keeping with this year’s National Heritage Week theme of ‘Sharing Stories’, the Museum’s programme aims to do just that - sharing a fascinating range of stories inspired by the Museum's collections and brought to life by artists, storytellers, travellers, design historians, zoologists, archaeologists and even a falconer.

Here are some highlights from the National Museum’s programme.    


Country Life Turlough Park, Castlebar, County Mayo

National Treasures Talks

Saturday 18 August 2pm & 3.30pm Booking required

Join Linda King and Ruth Griffin, curators of the National Treasures exhibition for a series of talks looking at design objects as social history (2pm) and how fashion objects and history give us a unique and fascinating perspective of Ireland’s past (3.30pm).

Decorative Arts & History Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7

Grow Your Story

Sunday 19 August 2 – 4.30pm All Ages. Drop-in activity. No booking required.

Explore the roots of your family tree at this event with artist Claire Halpin, who extends the following invitation, “Come along with the family and leave your mark! Branch out and meet some ancestors from the past by creating a huge family tree drawing in Clarke Square for Heritage Week.”

Grow Your Story is a street-art workshop in Clarke Square where families will create a huge family tree drawing on the square itself. Using chalks and stencils, the Museum will come alive with a great big family tree will grow, connecting past and present, sharing stories and histories.

Natural History Merrion Street, Dublin 2

The King and the Arctic Fox

Wednesday 22 August 11am - 1pm Ages 8+. Drop-in activity. No booking required. Not wheelchair accessible.

Come to Dublin’s Dead Zoo to hear two exciting stories of Irish heritage, natural history, exploration and kings. Learn about what King George V donated to the Museum in 1913 after his royal visit to Ireland, and what the 'Artic Fox', explorer Sir Francis Leopold McClintock, encountered during a mission to Baffin Bay in 1851. During this hands-on session with animal skulls, discover the stories behind two of the largest carnivores on display in the Dead Zoo.

Archaeology Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Treasures of the Bog Trail

Saturday 25 August 2 – 4pm Ages 8+. Drop-in activity. No booking required.

Bogs are fascinating places for archaeologists. Take our Treasures of the Bog trail to learn more about the unusual artefacts found in bogs, from butter, to books and even an entire boat. Uncover the secrets of Ireland’s wetlands then make a bog armlet treasure of your own to take home.


Check out the National Museum’s full programme of over 20 free events here.