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11 June 2022

At Home with the Natural Museum of Ireland


To celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg, take a look at our at home Viking Activities, learn more about the Vikings, and make your own Viking Helmet and Viking Raven Mask at home. 

Viking Horrible Helmets

Did you know that the Vikings never had horns on their helmets? Download and print out our Horrible Helmet craft instructions, make your own Viking Helmet, and find out more about helmets in the Viking Age. 

Viking Raven Masks

In Norse Mythology, Hugin and Munin are a pair of ravens that fly all around the world and bring back information to the Viking god Odin. Download each of the three PDFs to find out more about Hugin and Munin, a template to create your mask, and instructions to show you how to make it. 

These activities are designed for children aged 7-12 years old and is curriculum linked to the SESE History Curriculum. When you have completed your craft, why not send us a picture to or post a photo online through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #CreativeIreland & #MuseumAtHome.

Natural History

Online Video: Inside the Dead Zoo!

Take a peek inside the National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, fondly nicknamed, the Dead Zoo. Meet the Bengal tiger, walrus and giant deer, as you discover the different types of animals and fossils on display at the Museum during this short video for young children.

Activity Duration: approx. 6 mins 

Activity Sheet – What happened to the Giant Deer?

Download and print an activity sheet on the giant deer and learn about an ancient animal that lived on your doorstep thousands of years ago! Colouring in the illustration and help the giant deer to escape the ice sheet by completing a short maze activity. 

Activity Duration: 10 mins +

Curate your own Wonder Cabinet

For a creative activity to try at home! The Wonder Cabinet at the Museum is full of interesting and unusual animals and fossils to discover! Why not try to curate your very own Wonder Cabinet?

Online video: 6 mins
Activity Duration: 1 hour +

Don’t forget you can also find your favourite animal or fossil on display with a self-guided online tour of the Museum using the 3D Virtual Visit

If you have any feedback let us know at or you can tell us how you got on by contacting us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – or share it yourself, just remember to use the hashtag #CreativeIreland & #MuseumAtHome.

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