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 education@huntmuseum.com

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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 to make arrangements.

 

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.

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 €3 per pupil, for a fully guided tour.
There is no charge for accompanying adults.

Workshops and Tours for this age group can be combined to make a tailored package
(example: 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. Please contact The Education Department for more information, also keep up-to-date on this through our Social Media Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HuntMuseum/

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.

This workshop also supplements ‘All About the Hunt’ in the form of a workshop activity.

 

All About the Hunt (60 mins)

This tour is a great introduction to The Hunt Museum and 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. This workshop can be accompanied by either a pre-reading activity booklet or a workbook for pupils beginning to read independently. Children are introduced to some of the fascinating stories behind the museum and its objects.

Ideas and topics covered: What is a museum? Why do we have them? What kinds of objects are in them, and why? 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?

Learning outcomes:
building 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.

Time Traveller’s Tours and Workshops (1 hr 30min)

This tour and workshop aims to enable children to place ages in a chronological order and in context. To put across the concept of the continuity of time. They can participate in a series of discussions that talk about time through different ages, and students will also 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 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 an arts workshop to your tour? €2 per pupil.

Communities of Culture

Communities of Culture is a project that was first initiated by The Hunt Museum in 2014. Since then local community groups have been participating in sharing their unique history and stories. These groups come from a variety of community backgrounds to ensure inclusion from a wide range of perspectives. Participants include children, young people, women, men, older people and people with disabilities.

As a result The Hunt Museum has facilitated the creation of two loan boxes from each of the project areas with activities and workshops relating to the culture and heritage in these areas.

The Hunt Museum can facilitate a workshop within your school in one or more of the following;

Northside Loan Box

– Model Boats and Island Life – St Mary’s Parish Mens Shed

– Friendship and Legacies Book – Kings Island Over 55s Womens Group

– Threads of Friendship – Moyross Womens Group

Southside Loan Box

– Vikings of Limerick – West End Youth Centre

– ‘Sign of the Times’ Cabinet – Mid-West School for the Deaf

– Childhood Treasures – Southill Womens Group and Mens Shed

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 Arts Education, History and SPHE 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.

 Local Schools Heritage & Cultural Workshops

Communities of Culture is a project that was first initiated by The Hunt Museum in 2014. Since then local community groups have been participating in sharing their unique history and stories. These groups come from a variety of community backgrounds to ensure inclusion from a wide range of perspectives. Participants include children, young people, women, men, older people and people with disabilities.

As a result The Hunt Museum has facilitated the creation of two loan boxes from each of the project areas with activities and workshops relating to the culture and heritage in these areas.

The Hunt Museum can facilitate a workshop in the museum or within your school in one or more of the following;

Northside Loan Box

– Model Boats and Island Life – St Mary’s Parish Mens Shed

– Friendship and Legacies Book – Kings Island Over 55s Womens Group

– Threads of Friendship – Moyross Womens Group

Southside Loan Box

– Vikings of Limerick – West End Youth Centre

– ‘Sign of the Times’ Cabinet – Mid-West School for the Deaf

– Childhood Treasures – Southill Womens Group and Mens Shed

To find out more email; outreach@huntmuseum.com or call; 086 7951602

 (Available from Mid January to Mid June 2020)

The Three Muses: exploring art and identity

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 Arts Education, History and SPHE 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.

Participating schools will be offered the following elements:

Museum workshop (full day)

Groups will have the opportunity to visit either The Hunt Museum, Limerick City Gallery of Art or Limerick Museum for a full day of learning and practical art activities. Workshops generally last between 10am-1.30pm with a lunch break in between. Workshops are led by experienced facilitators and draw upon artworks and objects from all three collections. Pupils will be supported to creatively respond to artworks in the context of the museum and gallery and explore how identities are expressed through art.

Throughout the day there will be opportunities to look and respond to artworks, practice new vocabulary and presentation skills in order to build confidence and a sense of shared ownership of Limerick’s cultural heritage. There will also be a practical element, with pupils creating their own artworks in response to the collections.

Activity pack and learning resources for teachers and pupils

Teachers can prepare pupils for their upcoming visit by introducing key concepts, vocabulary and themes using a classroom activity pack provided to all participating groups. Extension activities will also be provided for teachers for use in class after the visit.

Each pupil will also receive an activity pack and a self-guided workbook to take home with them.

Cost

School groups are charged €3.50 per pupil for a full day’s workshop, activity packs for pupils and teachers and self-guided workbooks. There is no charge for accompanying adults.

Suitable for

The Three Muses programme is aimed at Primary School pupils from Third to Fifth Class but can be adapted to suit other ages and abilities.

How to book

If you would like to book this programme or enquire whether it is suitable for your school group, please complete this form and we will be in touch:

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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 we can use to 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 teacher’s 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 can be tailored to the abilities of each level.

Communities of Culture Loan Box 

Communities of Culture is a project that was made in 2014. Since then local community groups have been participating in sharing their unique history and stories. These groups come from a variety of community backgrounds to ensure inclusion from a wide range of perspectives. As a result The Hunt Museum has facilitated the creation of two loan boxes from each of the project areas with activities and workshops relating to the culture and heritage in these areas. The Hunt Museum can facilitate a workshop in the museum or within your school in one or more of the following:

  •       The Northside Loan Box – Model Boats and Island life, Friendship and legacies Book, Thread of Friendship.
  •       The Southside Loan Box – Vikings in Limerick, Signs of the times Cabinet, Childhood treasures.

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

The Viking Loan Box is a resource developed to enrich the teaching and learning of History at primary and post-primary levels. The Box is made up of a selection of replica objects and raw material and accompanying resources to enhance the teaching about the Viking Age in Ireland. A teacher’s resource packet and worksheets form part of the available resource material. This box will help your classroom discover with a hands-on approach what Viking Ireland might have been 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, in addition to the 10 day loan – €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, in addition to the 10 day loan – €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, in addition to the 10 day loan – €80 (plus .31c per km; distance calculated from museum)