Schools and Teachers

Schools and Teachers

Here at MoLI we encourage children of all ages and abilities to explore their creative potential, with a focus on imaginative development, aesthetic observation, curiosity and creative play.

Primary School Learning Programme

“Shut your eyes and see.” – Ulysses, James Joyce

At MoLI, we are committed to youth creativity and providing a safe, creative and enjoyable environment where children of all abilities can engage with the museum.

We are excited to offer our free primary school learning programme ‘Shut your eyes and see’ to Irish primary school teachers and students in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class. Workshops explore Irish literature, past and present, hoping to inspire the next generation to read, write, and unlock their creative potential in whatever form it takes.

Developed in collaboration with students from our learning partner schools, teachers, educators, administrators and librarians, our learning programme is designed with different learning styles in mind. 

We offer a two hour learning experience in MoLI from 10am–12pm during term time. Teachers and students participate in a short tour of our exhibition space and gardens and then in a creative workshop.

Connecting to our exhibitions and gardens, and reflecting elements of the school curriculum, workshops seek to develop critical thinking and research skills as well as visual, verbal and information literacy.

When booking, primary school teachers can choose from one of three workshops:

  • Wild, Wild Words! Poetry Workshop 
  • Once upon a time: Me! Drama Workshop
  • The story of us! Visual Art Workshop 

Book your primary school class into MoLI here.

Click here to download our Shut your eyes and see teachers resource before your visit.

All programmes are delivered in line with our MoLI Child Safeguarding Statement.


Secondary School Learning Programme

Irish secondary school groups accompanied by their teacher can visit MoLI free of charge and avail of our online learning resources.

For museum visits we offer a choice of free self-guided exploration or a paid guided tour with one of our enthusiastic expert guides. Students of all ages and abilities will be intrigued and inspired by exhibitions celebrating Ireland’s literary heritage and highlighting our rich community of contemporary writers.

Featuring Irish literature from both the junior and senior cycle curriculums in surprising and creative ways, a visit to MoLI will complement students’ personal learning and enhance their creative and critical thinking. Highlights include Roddy Doyle reading from James Joyce’s Ulysses, Frank McGuinness reading from Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis and a reading of the poem “Quarantine” by Eavan Boland.

Booking is essential for all school groups. For further information, please contact [email protected].

Thank you to our learning partners

We are thankful to all of our learning partners for their insight and input in shaping our MoLI Schools Programme, which has been developed through facilitated outreach workshops with our Learning Partner Schools:

  • Trinity Comprehensive, Ballymun, Dublin 11
  • Virgin Mary GNS, Ballymun, Dublin 9
  • St Patrick’s Cathedral Choirschool, Dublin 8
  • St Brigid’s GNS, Glasnevin, Dublin 11. 

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