New exhibition explores the influence of bees on our culture and environment
A new temporary exhibition exploring the captivating influence of Irish bees on our culture and environment was officially launched by biologist and broadcaster Dr Éanna Ní Lamhna at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life on Wednesday, 7 February.
The Murmur of Bees includes objects from the Museum’s Natural History and Irish Folklife collections, dating from the 18th century to the present day.
From bumblebees to board games - get culturally curious at the Museum this Spring Midterm
The Museum is delighted to present a fun-filled, family-friendly programme of events to keep the children entertained this Spring Midterm break.
Celebrate the magic of Ireland’s bees; take a yoga session with instructor Claire Anne Tobin; find out more about Medieval love brooches or get to touch a fossil, fur or skull from the handling collection at the Wonder Cabinet at the National Museum of Ireland - Natural History.
Lunar New Year 2024: Mandarin-English Tour of the Albert Bender Exhibition
Celebrate the year of the dragon and take a Mandarin-English tour of the Albert Bender exhibition with YaChingTess Hung from the Dublin School of Mandarin Chinese at 2 pm on Sunday, 11 February at the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks. Admission is free and no booking is required.
See a replica fishing boat, examine the beautiful oval brooches worn by Scandinavian women, and discover ice skates made of bone! Discover what life was like in Viking Dublin, and see the wider impact that the Vikings had on Ireland. This tour is for families, but all ages are welcome to join!
TALKING DESIGN: The Irish Roots of Modern Woodturning
Join woodturner Ambrose O'Halloran to hear the story of how a simple bowl, designed by Kilkenny Design Workshops in the late 1960s, led to a reimagining of the traditional skill of woodturning and its resurgence in modern crafting in Ireland.
This event takes place at 3 pm on Sunday, 25 February at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo. Booking is required.
Join Dr Michelle Larkin, National Pollinator Monitoring Scheme Officer with the National Biodiversity Data Centre, for a talk about the All Ireland Pollinator Plan from 3pm to 4pm on Saturday, 2 March, at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo.
Find out more about the important work of the National Biodiversity Data Centre and how you can become involved in pollinator monitoring schemes.
A Flying Reptile in the National Museum of Ireland
This week’s blog by Aodhán Ó Gogáin, Inventory Assistant, National Museum of Ireland discusses Pterosaurs, a group of flying reptiles who lived during the Mesozoic Era, a time when dinosaurs also roamed the Earth. Learn more about one Pterosaur, Rhamphorhynchus (“Ram – foh – rin – kus”) that lived in the skies above a tropical lagoon in what is now Solnhofen, Germany.
Albert Bender was born in Dublin, the son of Rabbi Philip Bender and Augusta Bremer. Albert Bender's was a proud Jewish family whose influence was felt not only in Ireland and the United States but also in Britain and South Africa.
A Dubliner’s Collection of Asian Art: The Albert Bender Exhibition opened at the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History in November 2008.
Read more on the life of Albert Bender or view a few of the outstanding examples of Asian art on display in the exhibition via the link below, but why stop there? Come and discover this beautiful collection for yourself.
1. Dr Aidan O'Hanlon (left), Curator of Entomology, NMI - Natural History, and Tiernan Gaffney, Curator, Irish Folklife Division, NMI - Country Life. Image: Jason Clarke 2. Handling drop-in session, National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology 3. Woodblock print, paper, 'Gatherer of Herbs' by Kunisada 4. Viking exhibition, National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology 5. Reproduction of the 1969 KDW Wooden Bowl 6. Gold Fringed Mason Bee, The Murmur of Bees exhibition, NMI - Country Life, Castlebar, Mayo 7. Reconstruction of Rhamphorhynchus showing bare wings and a body covered in proto-feathers (Image courtesy of https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rhamphorhynchus_DB.jpg) 8. Japanese carving of a hunter figure by Ueda. Albert Bender Collection 9. VIDEO: St Valentine's Day
Our mailing address is: National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7, D07 XKV4s