Visiting with kids

Boy wearing glasses looking at a large gilt-framed painting in a Gallery
Photographer: Jack Caffrey, The Pimlico Project, 2021.Credit

Activities and ideas for kids and young people.

Looking for something creative to inspire and entertain kids? Look no further!

We've pulled together a list of some fun activities and creative content for kids and young people to enjoy while visiting the Gallery or at home.

 

For younger children

Listen!

Audio Tour for Kids & Families
  • Go on a Gallery adventure with Eoin and Ide and learn about the art and artists in the collection.
  • Use your own mobile device and headphones to follow the audio tour on your visit to the Gallery.
  • Or, enjoy the audio tour at home, on the go, or in school. We've included pictures of all the artworks on our website.
  • Listen to the audio tour for kids now.

 

Look closer!

Through a Lens self-guided tour
  • Use your mobile device to follow our online self-guided tours of the collection - the perfect way to encourage kids to look closely and share their thoughts and opinions on art.
  • Our Family Favourites tour includes paintings that are always popular with our younger visitors.
  • Our Babies & Toddlers tour suggests some paintings to look at and chat about with smaller children.
  • Our Family Architecture tour is the perfect way to explore the different buildings in the Gallery.
  • We've included pictures of all the artworks on our website, so you can also enjoy these online tours at home or in school.
What is a Portrait?
  • This resource encourages children to think about the purpose of portraits, and shares tips for identifying symbols and clues that reveal more about the sitters.
  • We've included pictures of all the artworks on our website, so you can enjoy this resource in the Gallery, at home or in school.
  • Take a look at the What is a Portrait? online resource now.
Resources for primary-school kids
Collage portrait in sixteenth-century costume
A photograph of a child drawing, taken from above

Make!

Creative Challenge videos
Sensory activities
Colouring in the Collection
Drawing Inspiration
  • From fairytale illustrations to giant murals, learn more about a selection of drawings in the collection.
  • We've also included some drawing activity ideas, so sharpen your pencils and get drawing!
  • Not all the drawings in this resource are currently on display in the Gallery. Drawings, and other artworks that are made on paper, can be damaged if they are exposed to light for a long time. Our paper conservators and curators protect these delicate artworks by only displaying them for short amounts of time.
  • Start exploring the Drawing Inspiration online resource now.

 

Watch!

Explore the Italian Renaissance with Cozimo 
Art & Mindfulness: Powerscourt Waterfall
  • A guided mindfulness video focusing on a painting of Powerscourt Waterfall, Co. Wicklow, by George Barret, which is on display in Room 21.
  • This video is available in English and Irish.
  • Watch the Art & Mindfulness video now. 

 

    Explore outdoors!

    Wonder of Weeds
    • Step outside and discover the surprising plants that emerge from walls, cracks in pavements, and in Merrion Square park!
    • You could use this field guide after your visit to the Gallery to explore the plants growing in the streets or parks nearby. Or, use it at home in your garden, local park or neighbourhood.
    • Take a look at the Wonder of Weeds online resource now.
    Two young girls standing in front of a stone wall framed by a curved wooden sculpture
    A group of young people walking away through an open doorway in an art gallery with red walls and gilt-framed oil paintings

    For older children and teens

    Listen!

    Audio Guide
    • Use your own mobile device and headphones to learn more about some of the highlights of the permanent collection on your next visit.
    • Listen to the audio guide now.
    Warmbloods Audio Tour
    • A darkly comedic audio tour of the Gallery from two lady-like members of Dublin’s vampire community.
    • Suitable for ages 12+.
    • Use your own mobile device and headphones to follow this audio tour on your next visit to the Gallery.
    • Listen to the Warmbloods audio tour now.

     

      Look closer!

      Jack B. Yeats: Painting & Memory - visual resource
      Through a Lens self-guided tour
      • Use your mobile device to follow our online self-guided tours of the collection.
      • Interested in fashion? Our Costumes in Art tour takes a closer look at textiles and costume details in paintings in the collection.
      • Our LGBTQIA+ tour offers a different perspective of the national collection, to inspire you to look more closely at art, and to question the seemingly heteronormative histories that go with it.
      • Our Mental Health in Art tour takes a closer look at favourite works on display in the Gallery, and encourages dialogue around historical and contemporary mental health issues.
      • If you're interested in architecture, you might like our Architecture Tour which explores the spaces and details of the Gallery's buildings.
      • Focus on Irish art and take our Irish Art tour or our Irish History tour.
      • For a whistle-stop tour of some popular artworks in the collection, take our Highlights tour.
      • We've included pictures of all the artworks on our website, so you can also enjoy these online tours at home or in school.
      Mindfulness & Art
      How to storyboard, with comic-book artist Nick Roche
      Queer Mind, Body and Soul exhibition
      • Take a look at our online presentation of an exhibition which explores the experiences and perspectives of a group of young LGBTQIA+, gender non-conforming people and allies.
      • This exhibition is on display in the Gallery until 17 October 2021.
      • Explore Queer Mind, Body and Soul online now.
      Online resources for secondary-school students

       

      Make!

      Shapes and Spatial Relations

      Plan your visit