Tours & Workshops for Schools

A school tour of the Beyond Caravaggio exhibition. © National Gallery of Ireland.
© National Gallery of Ireland. Credit

We are not currently offering school tours.

Keep an eye on our website for updates on tours, or sign up for our teachers' newsletter to receive all the latest news and updates.

You can find some helpful resources for schools here, and you can contact us with any questions at [email protected]

School kids looking at a vintage camera in an exhibition
Group of school children taking part in an interactive tour of the Sorolla exhibition

Please note: We are not currently offering schools tours. Below is an outline of the types of tours we usually offer.

General Tours

Available on a year-round basis, these tours explore the national collection and temporary exhibitions, and can be tailored to the needs of your group and your learning objectives. 

See a list of current and upcoming exhibitions here

Suitable for: All ages and levels
Duration: 50 mins
Cost: Free  

Booking: We are not currently offering school tours.

Understanding an Exhibition Tour

Explore how galleries present and interpret art, and the many elements that go into creating an exhibition. This is a specialised tour focusing on the Leaving Certificate exhibition question. Bring sketchbooks and drawing materials. 

Suitable for: Post-Primary (5th – 6th Year)
Duration: 60 mins
Cost: Free 
Teachers' Notes: Download teachers' notes here [PDF]
Resource: Download student resource pack here [PDF]

Booking: We are not currently offering school tours.

Sketching Tour

Take a closer look at the national collection on this engaging tour led by an artist from our guide panel. Learn about the history of the paintings and use sketching to observe and respond to details and techniques. This tour will aid Leaving Certificate students with the sketching component of their History of Art and Appreciation exam, but can also be adapted for different levels and ages.

Suitable for: Post-Primary (5th – 6th Year)
Duration: 120 mins
Cost: €75 per group (max. 30 students)
Teachers' Notes: Download teachers' notes here [PDF]

Booking: We are not currently offering school tours.

Interactive Tour: Pigments & Painting

Explore the materiality of paintings in this specially designed tour that brings painting materials and techniques to life. Hands-on activities with sensory objects enhances students’ learning. 

Suitable for: 1st class – 6th year 
Duration: 60 minutes 
Cost: €25 per group of 15 students 
Booking: We are not currently offering school tours.

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