Education

Glasnevin Cemetery Museum offers exciting and engaging education programmes for students of all ages.

The tours of the cemetery link closely with the primary and secondary history curricula and can be adapted to suit your students’ needs. If you would like to inquire about a school visit please submit a query below or call 01 882 6550.

A school visit to Glasnevin Cemetery consists of a guided tour of the cemetery, a self guided visit to the museum, and a preparatory work pack. Our aim is to capture the imagination and send your class away inspired!

Primary school children looking at exhibit

Why choose our Museum for your class trip?

  • We offer a new and engaging way for students to examine aspects of the primary and secondary school history curricula
  • We email an education pack to all school groups with primary and secondary sources to help students make the most of their visit
  • Our temporary exhibitions link with the decade of centenaries, offering students a memorable insight into the events of 100 years ago in Irish and world history
  • We offer an interactive yet controlled environment which is secure and safe for all ages
  • Taking a break? The Tower Café offers delicious daily specials
  • We offer great value for money

Young schoolboy using genealogy workstation

Half Price Saturdays

Glasnevin Cemetery Museum offers all teachers half price admission on Saturdays. Normal price for museum admission and tour is €12 but with this special offer you can take the guided tour and visit the museum for just €6.  Please note that you will be asked to show your INTO, ASTI or TUI Teachers Union ID card when arriving at the museum. Visit us any Saturday.
 
If you would like more information on the education programmes available at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum please contact Annie Birney at [email protected] in our Education Department.

Transition Year Tour Guiding Programme

Our one of a kind Transition Year Tour Guiding Programme is designed to give students an experience of the real life world of tour guiding. Students have the opportunity to develop skills in research and public speaking while building self-confidence.  

On the first visit : the students are given a demonstration by one of Glasnevin Cemetery Museum’s tour guides on the tourism industry, the golden rules of customer service and the skills needed to research and deliver a tour.
 
On the second visit : the students step into the shoes of the tour guide and present to their class at the grave of a historical figure. A certificate is presented to all who complete the Tour Guiding Programme. 
 
This programme can be adapted for other second or third level groups on request.

Cost is €8, two visits inclusive. Complimentary admission for one leader per ten visiting students.  

School children watching video

1916 Rising Exhibition and Tour

The 1916 Rising Centenary Exhibition at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum gives students the opportunity to learn about the Irish men and women who experienced the 1916 Rising in a challenging and memorable way. This period of Irish history will be brought to life for students through:

A 1916 Rising tour. Students will examine the Rising through stories from the lives of the people buried in the cemetery

The 1916 Rising Centenary Exhibition

Work packs with curricular links which are sent in advance of your visit

Handling session with objects which date from the period can be booked in addition to your tour.

  • 1916 Rising tour and exhibition €6 per student
  • 1916 Rising tour, exhibition and handling session €8 per student

WW1 Tour with Handling Session

Glasnevin Cemetery Museum also offers a First World War tour with handling session for primary and secondary school students. Following the First World War tour of the cemetery, students will have the opportunity to hold, comment on and ask questions about objects from the period 1914-1918.

  • WW1 tour and pack €6 per student
  • WW1 tour, pack and handling session €8 per student
School children examining records

Pearse Rossa Speechmaking Workshop

Taking the oration given by Patrick Pearse at the funeral of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa in August 1915 and drawing on the inspiration his words gave to those present at the graveside, Glasnevin Cemetery Museum is offering a speechmaking tour for students from 5th class to 2nd year.

Students will learn about the people buried at Glasnevin Cemetery who have had  a positive impact  on society through politics art, literature, music or engineering and present speeches on the ideals of  these historical figures during their visit to Glasnevin. This programme incorporates elements of  the English and history curriculum.

Cost is €6 per student.

National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks and Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

Bring your class on a double visit to two of Ireland’s favourite venues. Glasnevin Cemetery Museum and the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks have joined forces and put together this compelling combination. With direct links to the junior and senior cycle curricula, this engaging day out has been tailored to meet all your class requirements in a fun and informative way. Located just 3km apart on Dublin’s North side, both sites afford visitors of all ages, including students at primary and secondary levels, the opportunity to learn from, and engage with the past, ensuring a memorable and educational experience.

Booking Details:

Groups are required to book visits to each site separately. Bookings are subject to availability.  

To book a visit to The National Museum of Ireland please contact  [email protected]

Re-enactments

At Glasnevin Cemetery Museum students can relive the momentous events that helped to shape our nation. Special re-enactments can be booked in addition to school tours. These include:

  • Patrick Pearse’s graveside oration at Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa’s funeral.     
  • James Larkin’s famous speech in front of the gates at Mountjoy Prison.
  • Nurse Elizabeth O’Farrell’s recollections of the surrender of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Padraig Pearse Oration Re-enactment