The Ark

11a Eustace Street, Dublin 2


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The Ark is a dedicated cultural centre for children. We create opportunities for children, along with their families and friends or with their school, to discover and love art. Through our work with leading Irish and international artists children can enjoy performances in our unique child-sized theatre, view engaging exhibitions or participate in creative workshops

Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered!
13 Apr - 23 Jun 2019

Throw the dice and enter a colourful and creative world of board games in this exhibition from the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood, London.

Are you a Snakes and Ladders Superstar? A Chess Champion? A Monopoly Master?

Game Plan celebrates the joy, excitement (and occasional frustration) of playing board games. This free exhibition includes some of the most iconic, enthralling and visually striking games from the V&A’s outstanding collection.

Game Plan features games from around the world, and also explores the important role of design. On display in the exhibition are current family favourites such as Cluedo and Trivial Pursuit, as well as traditional games like chess. The exhibition will also look at historical board games and beautifully designed games from the 18th and 19th centuries. Selected games are highlighted with a more detailed look at their history and influence. An early design of Monopoly before it was commercially mass produced will be one of the many fascinating exhibits on show.

While you’re here, you can drop into our Games Den for some relaxed gaming together with your friends or family.

'GAME PLAN' is an exhibition organised by the V&A Museum of Childhood, London.

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Quality cultural experiences for junior infants to sixth class.

Events and Activities for Schools at The Ark. High quality arts & cultural activities for schools - More Info

ArkEd Membership. The Ark has launched ArkEd, a free membership scheme for teachers and principals - More Info

CPD Courses for Primary Teachers. The Ark’s offers personal and professional development events for primary school teachers - More Info

Classroom Resources. Make the most of your visit to The Ark with our education and classroom activity packs - More Info

Access Policy. We work hard to make our programmes as accessible as possible. Find out more about our access policies - More Info

Feedback from Schools. Take a look at some of the lovely feedback that we have received from our visiting schools - More Info

Ideas for Combined Trips. The Ark’s Dublin city centre location enables visitors to combine a trip to our venue with a wealth of cultural and educational institutions in the area - More Info


The Ark’s Vision & Mission - The Ark creates original cultural programmes for children in a purpose built venue in the heart of Dublin.

Work at The Ark - Employment, Internship and Volunteer Opportunities at Ireland's only dedicated Children's Cultural Centre.

About the Building - We are very lucky to have an award-winning building in the centre of Temple Bar in which to create our work.

Getting to The Ark - The Ark is located in the heart of Temple Bar in Dublin 2. It's easy to get to by public transport and there are many family-friendly restaurants and cafes close by.

Child Safeguarding Statement - The Ark is committed to a child-centred approach to our work with children and young people.

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Latitude: 53.344416

Longitude: -6.264828