Monday, 19 February 2018
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February 2018

If you think museums are just for grown-ups, think again! This spring explore a wonderful world of play, activities and fantastical family fun just waiting for you to discover...

FULL STEAM AHEAD AT WHITEHEAD RAILWAY MUSEUM: A FIRST-CLASS FAMILY DAY OUT

Whitehead Railway Museum, Northern Ireland’s newest family attraction, transports visitors back to the steam train era, providing an up-close and hands-on experience featuring historical steam engines and carriages.

Visitors will be able to see a range of historical stock which were previously tucked away in sheds, including an engine from 1879 and carriages from 1911. They can also observe restoration work in progress and learn how a steam engine works.

Children will also enjoy the museum experience, dressing up in period costumes, interacting with exhibits and the very little ones can sit on a wooden train. The beautifully refurbished station building and platform includes a period-style signal box and a period-style tea room, where food is served when the museum is open.

Whitehead Railway Museum shows off our hidden treasures and is a first-class family day out, transporting visitors back to the steam train era through top-class interpretation and interactive exhibits. Enjoyable for every generation, it offers a wonderful opportunity for grandparents to spend time with their grandchildren.

For further information on Whitehead Railway Museum and key events visit steamtrainsireland.com or find on Facebook: WhiteheadRailwayMuseum. The Museum is currently open to the public Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am-4pm.

GLASNEVIN CEMETARY MUSEUM AND GUIDED TOURS: TELLING THE STORIES OF IRELAND'S FASCINATING PAST

Glasnevin Cemetery is both the guardian and storyteller for over 1.5 million people. Located just 2.5 km from Dublin’s city centre Glasnevin covers 124 acres of glorious parkland with plenty to appreciate, perfect for those interested in exploring the legacies of Ireland’s heroes.
The natural beauty of the grounds merges with a who’s who of Irish history through which experienced, knowledgeable, and entertaining guides take visitors on a memorable journey through the impeccably preserved Victorian cemetery. Each guide is passionate about sharing their love of heritage and history, telling the stories of Ireland’s fascinating past.

The General History tour: Visit the graves of renowned figures including Daniel O'Connell and Michael Collins.
The ‘Dead Interesting’ Tour: Hear the quirky stories of Dublin’s lesser known personalities.
The Tower Tour - Coming soon: Over 200 steps to spectacular views of Dublin
Self-Guide App: Why not try out Glasnevin’s self-guide app?

•Winner of TripAdvisor’s Traveller's Choice Award & Certificate of Excellence and ranked top #5 things to do in Dublin.
•1st prize winner of Ireland's Best Cultural Experience at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards.
•Open Daily 10am-5pm – see website for tour times.
•Tours, Re-enactments, Genealogy, Café, Gift Shop, Museum, Exhibition.


TODDLERS TAKE OVER NORTH DOWN MUSEUM: A VERY SPECIAL EVENT AIMED AT THREE TO FIVE YEAR OLDS

On Friday February 16, toddlers will once again be invited to take over North Down Museum at a very special event aimed at three to five year olds. Toddlers Take Over The Museum will allow wee ones to experience the museum in a way which is especially designed for them. Come along and enjoy puppet shows, storytelling, music, crafts and clay work!
The event is free to attend and there is parking in the grounds of the museum. While you are there, why not have refreshments or lunch at the museum’s café?

Toddlers Take Over The Museum is supported by NI Museum Council’s, Playful Museums – Fun for Under 5s Programme. The event runs from 10am to 12pm.

Museum opening times are Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4.30pm and on Sunday from 12pm to 4.30pm. Find out more about all of North Down Museum’s exhibitions and events at northdownmuseum.com


IRISH FA EDUCATION AND HERITAGE CENTRE TOURS: SURE TO INSPIRE VISITORS OF ALL AGES

The new Education and Heritage Centre at Windsor Park tells the unique story of Northern Ireland football using a variety of media, interactive displays and key artefacts from the 1880s to the present day.  
Whether it was the World Cups of 1958, ‘82, and ‘86 or the Euros of 2016, the centre is sure to inspire visitors of all ages. Visitors will be able to relive the atmosphere of famous nights, gain insights into the drama on and off the pitch and feel the rush of emotions shared by everyone in the stadium – win, lose or draw.
The centre is self-guided and visitors will have one hour to explore the centre before the official stadium tour begins. Stadium tour guides will be at hand to assist and make visit the best possible experience.

More info including a link to the online booking system can be found at irishfa.com/tours

SEAMUS HEANEY HOMEPLACE: STEP IN AND BE INSPIRED: A CATALYST FOR YOUR CHILD'S IMAGINATION

Using HomePlace's interactive exhibition and creative zone as a foundation, the Creative Learning and Education programme takes the poetry of Seamus Heaney as a catalyst for your child’s imagination.

Get creative as you journey through HomePlace! Block puzzles, sliding puzzles, jigsaws, hats and helmets, artefacts to see and touch, plus a special creative zone, where you can dress up, write, draw, colour, craft, make...or simply sit down to read.

This Easter, take part in the special Easter Hunt to decode the secret message! And there is a dedicated creative team on hand to help you release your inner artist! To book contact the box office on Tel: 028 7938 7444.


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