Welcome to the National Maritime Museum of Ireland


Ireland’s National Maritime Museum is housed in Dun Laoghaire’s 180-year-old Mariners Church, directly opposite the new DLR Lexicon library and easily accessible by DART suburban train and several bus services. The museum’s greatest artefact is probably the building itself as it is one of a few custom built places of worship for seafarers remaining intact in the world to-day.

Experienced guides will bring you on a voyage of discovery enthralling you with stories of discovery, heroism, war and disasters at sea. You will learn about maritime history, exploration, navigation, radio, deep-sea cable technology, nature, wildlife and view art inspired by the sea.

See the 10-tonne revolving Baily Optic, try the electrified steam engine and pause to reflect at the Titanic exhibit, the re-created radio room, the Royal Navy prisoners docks and the war memorial. Try sailor’s knots, learn how they lift heavy weights, be photographed with the pirate, research in the library, visit the shop and café and much more.


Forthcoming events in the Museum – a full list of events can be found here

May 2016

Working Conditions of Seamen in 1916 – Thu 12th May. Begins: 7:30 PM
Screening of "Atlantic" – Tue 17th May. Begins: 8:00 PM
Conor O'Brien, KELPIE and the 1914 Gun Running – Thu 19th May. Begins: 7:30 PM
Kingstown: A Divided Seafaring Town – Thu 26th May. Begins: 7:30 PM

Jun 2016

Dr John de Courcy Ireland: A Tribute to a Maritime Historian – Thu 9th June. Begins: 7:30 PM


  • Can't wait for my next visit
    James Keating/Facebook
  • Loved the place. Tucked away in this small yet important town of Dublin. Ireland should be proud of its maritime history JavedAfzal / Trip Advisor
  • A lovely exhibition based on many events in Maritime history. Beautiful display of artefacts from the Titanic which I throughly enjoyed Orlaith D / Trip Advisor November '15
  • We really loved the Ship Diagrams in the stairwell! Greg Ferguson‎ / Facebook October '15
  • A wonderful event a BIG THANKS to all involved ..lots of happy faces Jacqui Mc /Facebook November '15