Here at The Hunt Museum, we offer a variety of fun and educational tours, workshops and competitions for primary school pupils. Our workshops are available both in-house as well as the option to bring a little piece of the Museum’s charm to your school.

We believe that museums are a very special place for learning and engagement. Activities in the museum can complement the curriculum, inspire your class and increase their understanding of the past while providing a fun day of learning outside of the classroom.

In the downloadable PDF you can view our full public programming guide for Primary Schools.

We are always happy to work with you and find what is best for your class so please call us to discuss your visit on 061 312833 or email us at [email protected]

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Workshops and Visits at the Museum

All About the Hunt (60 mins)

Our introduction to The Hunt Museum for younger pupils is suitable for children with no experience of museums as well as for those already familiar with the Hunt. Pupils encounter highlights from the diverse collection at The Hunt Museum in a fun and accessible way. What is a museum? What kinds of objects are in it? What kinds of artistic objects are in The Hunt and what can we see when we look carefully at art? What kinds of historical objects are at The Hunt, and how can they tell us about people in the past?

Children are introduced to some of the fascinating stories behind the museum and its objects. Pupils build their observation skills through problem-solving, investigation, drawing and discussion. In an age-appropriate way, children explore artistic elements such as shape, line, colour and texture.

This workshop can be accompanied by either a pre-reading activity booklet or a workbook for pupils beginning to read independently.

Animal Hunt (60 mins)

Hunt for animal imagery in the Museum’s galleries. Pupils will discover how animals have been depicted in art from ancient to modern times. Children explore questions like: What kinds of animals are shown in objects in the collection? Why do artists depict animals? How does the artist represent the animals? Do the animals look like animals you have seen in real life? Pupils will also encounter mythological animals. Learning strategies include discussion, movement and drawing.

This workshop can also be accompanied by either a pre-reading activity booklet or workbook as stated above.

Time Traveller’s Tours and Workshops

Students will get a chance to examine real and replica items close up in a handling session. Choosing from the Vikings or The Bronze Age, they will look at genuine artefacts from that era in The Hunt Museums Collections, examining these artefacts for clues on their use, construction and significance.

Learning outcomes:

  • Describe with more confidence aspects of their chosen time period
  • Describe objects and their uses
  • Explain key points about the importance of art in society, including in religious practice, myths and legends
  • Explain key aspects of life from their chosen period such as diet, clothing and living conditions

Temporary Exhibitions

Jack B. Yeats and Paul Henry

June – September

Yeats and Henry had the ability to capture in their painting snapshots of the real Ireland. Yeats achieved this through his examination of Ireland’s rich sporting heritage and Henry through his landscapes of the west of Ireland.
Through a short interactive tour, students will explore and interpret the work of these artists. Their visual literacy will be increased as they become familiar with key terms associated with these paintings. Inspired by these artworks they will be asked to produce a postcard scene. They will imagine they live in this world and will write a note home to their family.

Suitable for 1st – 6th class
Price: €3 pp
Duration: 1hr 30mins

Self-guided visits

We advise against bringing groups of ten or more under-8s for a self-guided visit, and recommend you book one of our workshops instead. If you are planning a self-guided visit, we ask that you contact us at least two weeks in advance to discuss arrangements. For every self-guided visits by 4-8 year olds, we require 1 adult for every 5 children.

Pricing for visits

School groups are charged €2 per pupil, including one workshop or guided tour. There is no charge for accompanying adults. Our two workshops for this age group, All About The Hunt and Animal Hunt, can be booked together as a Children’s Introduction to The Hunt, for €3 per pupil. Please contact us to discuss how best to accommodate your group of younger children during a longer visit.
Competitions
The Hunt Museum runs several competitions each year for children and young people to express their creativity.

Planning a visit

If you would like to visit the Museum before you come with your class, we can offer free admission for a planning visit to 1 teacher per 15 pupils booked in. Please reserve your planning visit admission through the Education and Outreach Office when you make your group booking.

All guided tours and workshops must be booked in advance. All our education programmes are offered by volunteers, so we request at least two weeks’ notice of the confirmed date, time, group size and requested workshops in order to make arrangements. Downloadable workshop descriptions are available on the website to help you prepare for your visit.

Additional Information

To download the Code of Conduct for primary schools, please click here.

Tours and workshops at the Museum

Pupils will get the chance to examine real and replica items close up in a handling sessions. They will look at genuine artefacts from the era in the Hunt Museums Collections, examining these artefacts for clues on their use, construction and significance. These tours and workshops have been designed for children aged 9 to 12 years.

All About the Hunt (60 mins)

Our introduction to The Hunt Museum is suitable for children with no experience of museums as well as for those already familiar with the Hunt. Pupils encounter highlights from the diverse collection at The Hunt Museum in a fun and accessible way. What is a museum? What kinds of objects are in it? What kinds of artistic objects are in The Hunt and what can we see when we look carefully at art? What kinds of historical objects are at The Hunt, and how can they tell us about people in the past?

Children are introduced to some of the fascinating stories behind the museum and its objects. Pupils build their observation skills through problem-solving, investigation, drawing and discussion. In an age-appropriate way, children explore artistic elements such as shape, line, colour and texture.

This workshop can be accompanied by either a pre-reading activity booklet or a workbook for pupils beginning to read independently.

Time Traveller’s Tours and Workshops

Students will get a chance to examine real and replica items close up in a handling session. Choosing from the Vikings or The Bronze Age, they will look at genuine artefacts from that era in The Hunt Museums Collections, examining these artefacts for clues on their use, construction and significance.

Learning outcomes:

  • Describe with more confidence aspects of their chosen time period
  • Describe objects and their uses
  • Explain key points about the importance of art in society, including in religious practice, myths and legends
  • Explain key aspects of life from their chosen period such as diet, clothing and living conditions

Collection Tours

Discover the secrets of the Hunt Museums Collection with our expert guides. Children will learn all about the Hunt Family, why museums are important and see real artefacts from the Stone Age, to ancient Egypt, to paintings by Picasso and Renoir. Why not let us know what you’ve been doing in school and we can tailor your tour to your group’s needs.
Learning outcomes: to understand museums and their function, look more carefully at art and describe what they see with greater confidence, understand age-appropriate stories relating to the history of museum objects.

Tours are €2 per pupil, teachers go free. Durations 1 hour.

Why not extend your stay and add arts and crafts to your tour? €2 per pupil.

Can’t come to us in the museum? Don’t worry, we’ll come to you!

Outreach Workshop Visits

With these workshops, the museum comes to you! We will deliver these workshops in your classroom, and provide all materials. Outreach visits are €20 per workshop (waived for DEIS schools) and mileage costs of €0.31 per kilometre. We have a variety of workshops available, such as the 800 Years of Fashion workshop, Archaeology Loan box and Viking Loan box. For more information, see Outreach Workshop Visits

Temporary Exhibitions

Jack B. Yeats and Paul Henry

June – September

Yeats and Henry had the ability to capture in their painting snapshots of the real Ireland. Yeats achieved this through his examination of Ireland’s rich sporting heritage and Henry through his landscapes of the west of Ireland.
Through a short interactive tour, students will explore and interpret the work of these artists. Their visual literacy will be increased as they become familiar with key terms associated with these paintings. Inspired by these artworks they will be asked to produce a postcard scene. They will imagine they live in this world and will write a note home to their family.

Suitable for 1st – 6th class
Price: €3 pp
Duration: 1hr 30mins

For an ongoing list of our workshops that relate to the work on display in our temporary exhibition gallery see http://thehunteducation.wixsite.com/learninghub

Our Bee Garden

Here at the Hunt Museum we have our own busy bees in association with Limerick Urban Beekeepers Society.

With our bee garden, the newly named ‘The Bee-Loud Glade’ marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of W. B. Yeats, we hope to help raise local awareness of environmental issues. Bee workshops available.

Additional Information

To download the Code of Conduct for primary schools, please click here.

800 Years of Fashion – Sixth Class only

800 Years of Fashion is one of our most popular workshops at the museum. Participants will learn about the clothing of the past and the societies that wore it. Participants will have the opportunity to dress up as Elizabethan nobility or medieval serfs. The workshop covers eight periods between 1200 and 1920. Participants will use clothing as historical evidence, gain a better understanding of the changes in clothes through time as well as relate the changes in the clothes to wider changes in society.

Loan Boxes

The Hunt Museum has two loan boxes which bring the museum to your class. These boxes contain objects which can be used in the classroom to aid learning. They provide hands-on active learning experiences to compliment the curriculum.

The boxes available are Archaeology and Vikings. Both come with a teachers pack to assist with lesson planning. Loan boxes can be collected from the museum and kept at the school for up to 10 days. There is also the option to have the box brought out to your school accompanied by a museum Docent (volunteer). Docents will deliver sessions in the school with the objects from the box. There are half day and full day options available as Docents can go to more than one class when they visit your school. Lessons will be tailored to the abilities of each level.

Archaeology Loan Box

This loan box includes replica objects and other archaeological items to help pupils to learn about archaeology. Lesson ideas and activity suggestions include games, study projects and class discussion topics tailored to each level of primary school learning. The loan box works well on its own, but the activity resources identify links to the Archaeology in the Classroom. ‘It’s About Time’ resource pack for primary schools is available for free at www.itsabouttime.ie/ or on CD from the Limerick Education Centre. You can also book an outreach visit to support the Archaeology Loan Box – contact us for details.

Viking Loan Box

This loan box includes replica objects to help pupils to learn about medieval Ireland. Lesson ideas and activity suggestions are provided, including games, study projects and class discussion topics. Activities are provided to support learning by every primary school year group, so a school can use the box with several different classes during the loan period. Pupils ask questions like: How did people live in medieval times? What did they eat and wear? What did medieval books and writing look like?

Prices:

Loan box for up to 10 days collected from museum by teacher – €30

Loan box delivered to school with single class visit by museum Docent – €30 (plus mileage @ .31c per km; distance calculated from museum)

Loan box delivered to school and half day of in class delivery by museum Docent – €60 (plus mileage @ .31c per km; distance calculated from museum)

Loan box delivered to school and full day of in class delivery by museum Docent – €80 (plus .31c per km; distance calculated from museum)