Whether you’re interested in getting behind the scenes with a theatre production or exploring world class art exhibitions, we’ve got something you’ll love. Below, we’ve gathered all the practical information you’ll need to plan your visit to the MAC.


Throughout the year we offer lots of creative learning opportunities for secondary level students.

Your class can experience a live theatre show, enjoy world-class art exhibitions, take a tour backstage or enjoy a customised creative workshop led by a professional artist.

We’ve welcomed over 15,000 school children to the MAC since we opened our doors in 2012 and we aim to complement the National Curriculum with our varied programme throughout the year. 

Visit the Galleries

You can take a guided tour of our exhibitions with our Curator, available from £2 per pupil.

Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are delivered by a member of our team, who will show you and your class around our exhibitions and point out interesting things along the way.  You can also request to meet our curators on your visit, if you’d like to hear further information on any of our exhibitions.

This August sees the opening of the highly anticipated exhibition David Hockney: I draw, I do. I draw, I do is the first significant presentation of Hockney’s work in Ireland. The exhibition focuses on the artist’s formative years at Bradford Regional College of Art in the 1950s and how the training and experimentation pursued there stayed with him and was further drawn on throughout his career. A tour of this exhibition is priced at £3 per pupil and comes with an illustrated gallery guide or downloadable curator's audio tour.

Booking in advance for tours is essential, please email Clare Lawlor for more information. 

Take a Workshop

Working with our in-house experienced theatre directors, musicians and artists, get creative with dance, music, drama and art in a bespoke workshop which we can create to compliment your curriculum topics.

Costing just £140, this specially tailored workshop will include a 1.5 hour creative session with a professional artist and a navigated tour of the MAC’s exhibitions. 

For more information or to book a workshop, simply email Clare Lawlor, Learning and Participation Officer at the MAC.

See a Show

Enhance your pupils learning with a trip to the theatre.

We work with the best in local and national theatre companies to provide your pupils with the opportunity to experience world class theatre. Talk to us about exciting opportunities to meet the actors or go behind the scenes of the shows.

Our exclusive schools ticket offer provides great value, with an £8 special reduced rate for tickets and for every 10 tickets booked, you’ll get an 11th ticket free!

Perfect shows for schools this Autumn:

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged)

A fast-paced and hilarious journey through Shakespeare’s playbook guaranteed to make you smile.


At our enchanting Christmas show you can expect live music, lots of magic and dazzling illusions, the likes of which you won’t believe! Remember, the closer you look, the less you see…

Our exclusive schools ticket offer provides great value, with an £8 special reduced rate for tickets and for every 10 tickets booked, you’ll get an 11th ticket free!


To book tickets, simply contact Clare Lawlor.

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Your contact at the MAC

For any questions about a school visit to the MAC, Clare Lawlor, our Learning and Participation Officer would love to hear from you. Contact Clare on: clare@themaclive.com or call us on 028 90 235053

Coach Drop Off

The coach drop-off point for school visits is at Exchange street West (beside St. Anne’s Cathedral) and right beside the MAC entrance.

Access and Facilities

The MAC is a fully accessible venue with lifts to all floors, hearing loop facilities, audio described and captioned shows, relaxed performances and accessible seating. If you have any specific access requirements, please contact us in advance.

Teacher’s Info evening

With so much going on at the MAC every year, we host our annual Teachers evening each June to tell you exactly what’s coming up at the MAC in next season to compliment your activity in the classroom.

Our Learning and Participation team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about our programme of events or booking tickets for a school visit.

Resource Packs

Please contact us to request a resource pack for David Hockney: I draw, I do.

Safeguarding Policy

Download a copy of the MAC’s safeguarding policy.

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