Culture Night 2016

Once again, Culture Night 2016 will soon be upon us and there are lots of family friendly activities coming up!

Museums, galleries, cathedrals, studios, observatories, libraries, parks, government buildings and theatres will throw open their doors for FREE visits, tours, workshops, readings, performances and demonstrations for the eleventh Culture Night. Since its inception, Culture Night has continued to grow from 40,000 attendees in 2006 to become Ireland’s most popular cultural evening with 370,000 attendees around the country last year.

The following events are mostly Dublin based and could be a little something different to do, particularly on Culture Night – the 16th September! But that’s not to forget the rest of the country, with events happening all over Ireland.

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Culture Night 2016


An after-hours family experience full of fun discovery for adults and children (0-9yrs) to explore an interactive educational museum and engage in creative imaginative play. Three floors of hands-on exciting exhibits that will entertain and educate. To book, call or email with the subject line ‘Culture Night Booking’.


Children’s Books Ireland @ Hodges Figgis

Families are welcome to join Irish illustrator Chris Judge (The Lonely Beast) and Canadian illustrator Sydney Smith (Footpath Flowers) to celebrate creativity at Hodges Figgis. Chris and Sydney will be creating art in the beautiful historical window, while the CBI Book Doctors prescribe the perfect books for young readers.



Culture Night 2016

Photo credit Paul Sherwood – copyright Paul Sherwood © 2015

Enjoy a range of tours and talks of the estate. Delve into the history of the Overend family and discover their remarkable lives. Taste farm fresh produce and discover the charm of Airfield!


Croke Park


Croke Park

Take a guided tour of Croke Park and immerse yourself in our sporting and cultural heritage. Visit the GAA Museum and enjoy a hurley-making demo, museum exhibits and Interactive Skills Zone. Enjoy the new exhibition “Ireland’s Olympians” which celebrates the achievements of the nation’s sportsmen and sportswomen and includes Olympic medals and memorabilia from 1924-2012. Online booking is essential as places on tours are limited.


Chester Beatty Library

A drop-in family workshop inspired by animals found in the Chester Beatty Library’s collections. Create your own origami zoo or foam pufferfish, take a guided tour of the Chester Beatty Library’s treasures or try out Activity Packs for children aged 3-11 years or Drawing Packs suitable for teens and adults.


Science Gallery

Join the Science Gallery for Culture Night and play with your perception at their exhibition, SEEING: WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT? Your chance to watch as robots becomes artists, brains become scanners, and explore how machines may change the way we look at our world.


YMCA Dublin

Enjoy Family Yoga & Story Time at the YMCA. Family Yoga incorporates age-appropriate yoga poses breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. Benefit from increased strength flexibility and balance.


Royal Academy of Irish Music

The RIAM’s annual feast of music-making on Culture Night promises visitors to No 36 Westland Row a fun, informal and highly-engaging evening of entertainment. Enjoy open classes, instrument try-outs and music performances by some of their finest emerging young talents and seasoned stars.


Let me know how you get on and I might even see some of you around the town!

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