Take a Virtual Dive into Hunt Museum Education Week

//Take a Virtual Dive into Hunt Museum Education Week

Take a Virtual Dive into Hunt Museum Education Week

Hunt Museum Education Week runs from Monday ( April 27th) and will run until Friday May 1st.  To try to help teachers and parents trying to source curriculum based material during Covid19, the Hunt Museum has turned several of its schools workshops into freely available online resources.

These include: a post primary Junior Cycle costume research and design project which students complete using our virtual tours of the Best Costume Goes to... exhibition;  the beautifully designed Three Muses programme resource for primary school students to explore and creatively respond to artworks and objects across The Hunt Museum, Limerick City Gallery of Art and Limerick Museum collections.

Image of pupil from CBS Sexton St. Primary School completing a Three Muses activity at Limerick Gallery of Art.

Photograph by: Deirdre Power, Copyright: CC-BY-SA

Donncha O’Treasaigh, Hunt Museum Board member and Director of Schools with Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board noted that “in spite of the restrictions of Covid-19, the Hunt Museum has worked extremely hard to compliment the great work of schools in remote and distance learning by harnessing the creativity of our young people to get involved in a range of exciting and fun activities.  Each of these is carefully designed to add to the existing curriculum at both primary and post-primary levels. 

He added:

 The Board of the Hunt Museum is particularly proud of the impact the Education Team has on weaving a contemporary tapestry map of resources that young people in our region enjoy and find interesting – linking particularly with the rich heritage of the Hunt Museum and its collection.

Hunt Museum Education Week provides lots of digital learning and creative activities for  kids and families who can search for animals using 3D digital models of Hunt Museum Collection objects 

The Horse Outside – An example of one of the animals families can explore on https://sketchfab.com/Limerick3D/collections/hunt-museum

Photo: Hunt Museum – Copyright: Public Domain

Or children can tackle some of the art challenges in the print friendly Lockdown with Limerick Artists activity pack, which are designed by some famous  local artists,  including John Shinnors  and Sam Walsh, as well as emerging artists.  Children can create a family totem pole, use toilet roll inserts to make a sausage dog or even recreate a view of their garden using pointillism, a painting technique used by neo-impressionist artists,  such as Georges-Pierre Seurat.  It also features colouring pages that can be enhanced with glitter and paint, or fur and feathers.  Three editions of the pack are scheduled. The first will be shared this Friday  via the Hunt Museum’s social media platforms and website. The other two, will be circulated later this month. 


The Museum has also talked to local teachers to find out how we can help. Iain Burns, 4th class teacher at Scoil Ide, Corbally,  commented:

 “the educational support offered by the Hunt Museum has been fantastic. The Museum’s resources are both engaging and rewarding for the children, at a time when it is needed the most. These resources have been helping the children to develop their creativity, focus and skills in collaboration. As these skills develop, the benefits can be seen throughout their learning, across the curriculum.”

Snapshot of an activity featured in the Lockdown with Limerick Artists pack created by David Lilburn

Created by: David Lilburn, Copyright of image:CC-BY

We hope to encourage even greater social connectedness by teachers, students and families, posting photographs of their completed activities on social media using tags: #HuntMuseumEducationWeek and #MuseumsFromHome. Many other digital learning opportunities, including offerings for adults,  such as ‘ Hunt Museum Collection in a Minute’ videos, can also be accessed through the  ‘Museum from Home’ page on the website. 

Each day we will use our social media platforms to share a new and innovative digital resource which will support curriculum based learning and creativity at home.


Queries or requests for further information should be forwarded to the Hunt Museum’s Curator of Education & Outreach, Maria Cagney,  on maria@huntmuseum.com or by calling 087 4030061.

Notes for Editors:

The Hunt Museum www.huntmuseum.com

The Hunt Museum exhibits one of Ireland’s greatest private collections of Art and Antiquities, dating from the Neolithic Period to the 20th century. Generously donated by John and Gertrude Hunt to the people of Ireland, this diverse collection is now housed in Limerick’s 18th Century Palladian style building, formerly The Custom House.

General links for Hunt Museum Education Week resources:  https://www.huntmuseum.com/home-2-2/museum-from-home/  https://www.huntmuseum.com/home-2-2/educational-resources/

Please note: Lockdown with Limerick Artists pack one will be made available on May 1 via Hunt Museum social media platforms and our website.

Other resources on the Hunt Museum website under ‘Museum From Home’

Kids and Families

Best Costume Goes to… family costume design activity https://www.huntmuseum.com/costume-design-at-home-for-families/

Colouring Books https://www.huntmuseum.com/colouring-book/

A ‘Make & Do’ video. More videos will be added over coming weeks https://www.huntmuseum.com/home-2-2/museum-from-home/make-and-do-crafts/


Virtual tour of the Best Costume Goes to…exhibition


Online exhibition entitled ‘Entwined in Fabric’ which compliments the Best Costume Goes to …exhibition but takes a deeper look at the work of costume designers and makers, including the techniques and processes they use. https://www.huntmuseum.com/entwined-in-the-fabric/

‘Collection in a Minute’ videos by Museum Docents https://www.facebook.com/HuntMuseum/videos/773190233086998/


Hunt Museum 3D digital objects can be explored on Sketchfab https://sketchfab.com/Limerick3D/collections/hunt-museum


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