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IMMA has a broad range of family programmes to engage audiences of all ages:

Family Workshops & Activities

SUMMER FAMILY WORKSHOP - Mornings at the Museum
Wednesday and Thursday mornings, 10:00 ‐ 11:00am
Wed 4 and Thu 5 July to Wed 29 and Thu 30 Aug
Have some creative family time during the summer school holidays. Children and grown- ups can enjoy visiting an exhibition and making artworks together. Free, drop-in to the Main Reception at 10am

IMMA Explorer Family Activity Pack
IMMA Explorer is a free family activity pack, custom-made to engage children in exploring IMMA’s galleries and gardens with their parents/guardians. Each pack includes an outdoor art trail, and an activity booklet, as well as a pack of colouring pencils and an Explorer identity badge.

The outdoor art trail shows a map of the location of artworks in the grounds of IMMA. The text about each artwork has been specially written so that children can read it independently or with the help of accompanying adults. The activity booklet has games, puzzles and tasks specially focussed on the building and garden of IMMA and designed to enable children to explore the galleries and respond to their experience through writing, drawing and colouring.

Pick up your free pack at the main reception. We hope you enjoy exploring IMMA together.

Sundays, 19 August and 26 August / 2:00‐4:00pm
For Heritage Week 2018, IMMA has two family art workshops exploring the new art on exhibition at the old Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Free, drop-in.

Sundays, 7 October - 2 December / 2:00‐4:00pm
Get creative together as a family, explore artworks with IMMA staff, and enjoy a hands-on workshop. Explorer is drop-in, fun and free. Ask at Main Reception on the day for details.

For those visitors interested in the natural beauty of the gardens and grounds of IMMA, we created two maps detailing the plants, flowers and trees that can be found near the museum. Download these documents below and bring a printed map to accompany you as you explore:

A Guide to the Gardens and Meadows | Plants and Flowers (PDF)
A Guide to the Gardens and Meadows | Trees (PDF)

Look, No Cows (2014)
Click below to watch a short film called Look, No Cows with Siobhán Parkinson. Siobhán served as Ireland’s first children’s laureate (Laureate na nÓg) 2010-12. In Look, No Cows, she visits her favourite artworks from IMMA's Collection in the museum grounds, as well as talking to children about the artworks, the Royal Hospital and its magnificent garden. Duration approx. 19 minutes.

If you wish to be added to our email list for family events please click here and subscribe to 'Family' updates.

Young People

IMMA offers creative experiences for young people which consist of looking, discussing, and making, as well as engaging with IMMA’s exhibitions and Collection, and working with contemporary artists.



Art workshops for teens take place monthly during the summer holidays:

Workshop 1: Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 June 2018
Workshop 2: Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 July 2018
Workshop 3: Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 August 2018

Ages and Times: 13-15 years old: 11:00am-1:00pm / 15-18 years old: 2:00-4:00pm

Join artist Joe Coveney for a series of three practical workshops taking place in the IMMA studios during the summer months. The workshops will develop work through drawing, photography, and sculpture, taking place in the studio and outside (weather permitting). The workshops will take a playful, experimental, and exploratory approach, while developing skills and focusing interest.

Participants will work alongside Joe to develop the themes throughout the series of three workshops over the course of the summer, but each two-day session will also be self-contained and can be attended separately.

• Meet and work with a contemporary artist
• Gain knowledge and practical experience of contemporary art in the galleries
• Discuss ideas and create art in the studios

Online booking is essential. Free but places limited, first-come, first-served. BOOK NOW

Contact IMMA Engagement & Learning for further information, or join the IMMA Mailing List and subscribe to a Teen Newsletter to keep up to date.

Click here for IMMA policies on privacy and child protection. Click here for the Code of Participation in IMMA Workshops and Events for Teens and Young People


Studio 10

Studio10, a programme for adults of all levels of creative experience, includes tours, discussions, and experimental art-making. The programme is scheduled into blocks of consecutive weekly sessions, with each block addressing a particular exhibition. Based from IMMA’s Studio10.

Blocks of sessions are free, no booking is required, and participants may attend multiple blocks as they so wish.

Upcoming Dates

Friday 9, 16, 23 February | Brian Maguire, War changes its address: The Aleppo paintings
Friday 9, 16, 23 March | IMMA Collection: Freud Project - Ethics of Scrutiny, curated by Daphne Wright
Friday 13, 20, 27 April | Frank Bowlng, Mappa Mundi
Friday 11, 18, 25 May | IMMA Collection: Coast–Lines


People with dementia and friends, family or professional carers are welcome to be part of our Azure tours. Guides, specifically trained to provide art tours for people with dementia, offer tailor-made tours of specific artworks so participants have the opportunity to explore our exhibitions. Azure tours end with a complimentary cup of tea or coffee together in IMMA’s on-site Café its @ IMMA.

Upcoming Dates

Friday 2 February, 11.00 - 12.30pm
Friday 2 March, 11.00 - 12.30pm
Friday 6 April, 11.00 - 12.30pm
Friday 4 May, 11.00 - 12.30pm

For further detailed information on this programme please visit the dedicated Azure page on our website.

Azure is free of charge but booking is essential as places are limited. Please contact Caroline for more information or to reserve places, or tel 01 612 9955.


Pre-booked Guided Tours

Guided tours are available for special interest groups including schools, colleges and adult/community education. Tours are led by IMMA staff and are free of charge except for occasional temporary exhibitions - students in full time education are exempt from this charge. Tour times: Tuesday to Friday at 9.30am; 10:00am, 10.30am, 11.00am and 2.30pm. Booking required.

Maximum School group size 32.Two adults should accompany each school group. Maximum Adult group size 50. Please click here to book a tour online or tel: 01 612-9937, email:, at least two weeks in advance. Please read the Terms and Conditions before booking your tour.




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