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

Tours & Workshops for Schools

We offer free school tours to all pre-primary, primary, post-primary and additional-needs pupils and teachers.

 

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: Contact [email protected]  
Subject to availability. All tours must be booked at least three weeks in advance.

A school tour of the Beyond Caravaggio exhibition. © National Gallery of Ireland.
Photo of two teenage boys sitting on the floor drawing

Specialised Tours

We also offer a selection of interactive and immersive tours:

Interactive Tour \ Moment in Time: A Legacy of Photographs | Works from the Bank of America Collection (30 November 2019 - 22 March 2020)

Explore the medium, materiality and magic of photography in this specially-designed tour that brings to life some of the analogue techniques used to create the photographs in the exhibition. Students' learning is enhanced as they get hands-on with photography equipment and materials.

Suitable for: Primary (1st - 6th class) and Post-Primary (1st Year – 6th Year)
Duration: 60 minutes
Cost: Free 
Download teachers' notes here [PDF]

Booking: Contact [email protected]  
Limited number of tours available from January 2020. All tours must be booked at least three weeks in advance.

 

From April 2020

Pigments & Painting: Interactive Tour \ Murillo: The Prodigal Son Restored (29 February - 30 August 2020)

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: Primary (1st - 6th class) and Post-Primary (1st Year – 6th Year)
Duration: 60 minutes
Cost: €25 per group of 15 students

Booking: Contact [email protected] / 01 6633510
Subject to availability. All tours must be booked at least three weeks in advance.

Photo of a young girl sitting on the floor in a gallery and drawing.
Two visitors drawing in the National Gallery of Ireland

Sketching Tour

Look deeper into 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). Please note we have introduced a nominal charge for Sketching Tours from January 2020 in order to cover the additional costs of providing a specialised guide-practitioner, and the longer tour length.
Teachers' Notes: Download teachers' notes here [PDF]

Booking: Contact [email protected]  
Subject to availability. All tours must be booked at least three weeks in advance.

 

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: Contact [email protected]  
Subject to availability. All tours must be booked at least three weeks in advance.

Cancellations/No Shows

While we provide standard school tours free of charge, and subsidise the cost of enhanced tours, in the event of a cancellation within 24 hours of the tour time we require schools to cover the tour-guide fee. This is to ensure that more schools will have the opportunity to avail of free tours at the Gallery.

Please provide at least 24 hours' notice when cancelling a tour. Otherwise you will be charged a cancellation fee of €25 for a standard guided tour, €75 for a sketching tour, or €50 for an interactive/sensory tour.

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