Down to Earth - Exploring Ireland's Geology is open and waiting for your visit!
The exhibition was developed by the National Museum of Ireland in partnership with Geological Survey Ireland to celebrate 175th anniversary of the establishment of Geological Survey Ireland.
The exhibition was officially opened by Minister Eamon Ryan TD on 27 September 2021 at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks and has been educating and entertaining visitors since.
Exhibits include a large floor map of the geology of Ireland, a reconstruction of the RV Keary, new art work depicting a cross-section of Dublin from Collins Barracks to the sea, and an impressive collection of the minerals we use in our daily lives. The exhibition is suitable for all ages and geological backgrounds. More information is available on The National Museum of Ireland website.
Admission is free and booking is not required except for groups.
School Group Visits:
To book your school for a visit, please contact the National Museum of Ireland Bookings Office. Please note that booking is required for all groups.
Thursday and Friday tours:
Meet a Geological Survey Ireland geologist who will talk to your class about your local rock type and Irish rock types, the formation of Ireland, how rocks are used and how important they are in the everyday life. A worksheet is available for the students to complete after the 30 minute talk, which will guide them through the other aspects of geoscience displayed in the exhibition.
The geologist will remain available to answer any question for the duration of your visit. The students are welcome to bring rock samples from their local area to have them identified.
Some recent teacher feedback:
"We had a great time at the exhibition last week. The class really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it. The worksheet was very good and the students thought it worked really well. They said it was clear and guided them around the exhibition well."
Down to Earth - Exploring Ireland's Geology is located at:
Collins Barracks, National Museum of Ireland,