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Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Dublin 8, D08 FW31, Ireland
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Whether you are a formal learner, or just curious to find out more, we can help you to engage with creativity, conceptual thinking and cultural meaning at IMMA.


IMMA has a broad range of family programmes to engage audiences of all ages. We welcome visitors of all ages to our galleries, and all of our exhibitions are always free for under 18s. The size and scope of the IMMA campus makes it a great destination for children, and if you are visiting the galleries with children you will find lots to see and discuss. You will find signage in the galleries to help inform your visit, but if in doubt just ask a member of our Visitor Engagement Team, easily identifiable by their blue lanyards.

In addition to having a general visit to IMMA, we have a range of dedicated family programmes to engage audiences of all ages. Explore this section to find out more.

Explorer at Home
While we are closed the Explorer at Home art activities are available for children and adults to do and make at home. We share a new art activity every Wednesday afternoon on our social channels. You will find specially selected artworks, inspired by the IMMA Collection Online and our temporary Exhibition Programme, as starting points for creative activities. We look forward to seeing your creations and invite you to share them with us online. Make sure to tag us and use the hashtag #ExploreratHome so you can see your work on our website.

Family Resources

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.

Download the EXPLORE IMMA pack

IMMA Gardens & Grounds


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

Explore Plants & Flowers Explore Trees

Look, No Cows

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.)

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