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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.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 education@huntmuseum.com

Cost: 3.50 per pupils and teachers go free
Booking Essential: educationoffice@huntmuseum.com / 061 490086

Click here to access our online Curriculum-Linked Resources

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1st – 2nd

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All About The Hunt

What is a museum? What kinds of objects are in it? What can we see when we look carefully at art? What can the historical objects in the Hunt Museum tell us about people in the past?

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. 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.

Learning outcomes:

  • Look more carefully at art and describe what they see with greater confidence
  • Understand age-appropriate stories relating to the history of museum objects
  • Begin to understand the chronology of different time periods
  • Visit museums with greater enjoyment and interest

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Animal Hunt

What kinds of animals are hidden in the collection? Why do artists draw animals? Do the animals look like animals you’ve seen in real life?

During this tour, pupils will discover how animals have been depicted in art from ancient to modern times. Pupils will also encounter real and mythological animals. Learning strategies include discussion, movement, and drawing.

Curricular Links:

Visual Art: Drawing / Looking and Observing

History: Early People and Ancient Societies

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Clay Through the Ages

From the Middle Stone Age to the present day, clay has been used by people to make objects that are functional, decorative, and sacred. During this tour, pupils will look at pottery and ceramic objects in the Hunt Collection. By using our specially made workbook they will learn to talk about the objects’ history and the artistic processes used to make them.

Curricular Links:

Art: Strand: Clay; Strand Unit: Looking & Responding.

History: Strand: Working as a historian; Strand: Stories; Strand: Change & Continuity: Strand: Early people & ancient societies.

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3rd – 4th

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Life in the Bronze Age

Created by American illustrator Ingrid Hess, the Hunt Museum exhibition offers pupils and exciting opportunity to thematically explore the objects and practices of Ireland’s Bronze Age people.

An associated primary school workshop is also being offered which will enable pupils to investigate and use as evidence the Bronze Age collections on display in the Hunt Museum. The handling of replica prehistoric artefacts will provide additional opportunities for inquiry led learning. Students will also get to try out some simple prehistoric technologies.

Curriculum Links: History: Strand: Working as a Historian; Early People and Ancient Societies; Stone Age People; Bronze Age People

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Viking Programme and Handling

This workshop teaches pupils about Viking history in Limerick city. Pupils will explore replica objects such as clothing, tools, and games. They will also take a tour of the Viking objects in the Hunt Collection. Activity workbooks are provided as a support for a curriculum-linked learning experience for every age group.

Curriculum Links:

Visual Art: Strand: Drawing & Constructing / Looking and Responding

History: Strand: Stories / Early People and Ancient Societies / Change and Continuity / Working as a Historian / Local Studies

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Ancient Ireland Handling Session

Pupils will investigate and use as evidence the Bronze Age collections on display in the Hunt Museum. The handling of replica prehistoric artefacts will provide additional opportunities for inquiry led learning. Students will also get to try out some simple prehistoric technologies.

Curriculum Links: History: Strand: Working as a Historian; Early People and Ancient Societies; Stone Age People; Bronze Age People

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5th – 6th

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800 Years of Fashion

The 800 Years of Fashion workshop covers eight periods between 1200 and 1920. Pupils will learn about clothing from the past and the societies that wore them. Pupils will have the opportunity to try on replica clothing. These clothes, and objects in the Permanent Collection, will be used as historical evidence to understand the evolution of fashion over time and how these relate to changes in society.

Curricular Links: History: Strands: Working as a historian / Life, society, work and culture in the past / Continuity and change over time.

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The Three Muses

The Three Muses is a learning programme for primary school pupils designed to increase access, ownership and enjoyment of the collections of Limerick Museum, Limerick City Gallery of Art and The Hunt Museum, with a focus on modern and contemporary art.

This programme is underpinned by Visual Thinking Strategies and links with Visual Art and History curricula, giving participants an opportunity to connect in a relevant way with three Limerick museums and to generate an understanding and appreciation of the importance of visual art.

While physical workshops are not currently possible, The Three Muses offers a range of digital engagement:

Virtual Museum Workshops

Discover art and objects in our new Virtual Museum Workshops for schools. Participants explore and interact with virtual galleries filled with 3D objects and images from three Limerick museum collections. Participants practise analytic, creative and digital skills while they work together to create their own museum galleries and discover the role of the museum to educate and inspire.

This workshop takes place on the free online platform Mozilla Hubs and requires no software downloads or sign up. To participate you’ll need a device (mobile, tablet, laptop or desktop PC) and a strong WIFI connection.

Play the Three Muses online game

Discover the art collections of three museums with this interactive game. Test your memory with Limerick lace, create a colourful fruit poster, paint a Paul Henry skyline, or try your knowledge with a quiz!

The Three Muses Activity Pack is bursting with open-ended, creative activities which support Visual Art, History and English curricula, and comes in a full colour version for screens and a reduced colour version for printing at home. Explore and learn from Limerick’s museums without leaving your house – all you need is a pencil, paper and your brilliant imagination!

Activity Pack

Want to find out more?

For further information on The Three Muses, please email adam@huntmuseum.com.

BOOK HERE

The Three Muses is supported by Limerick City and County Council and The Hunt Museum.

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Loan Boxes

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