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Collections

The National Maritime Museum houses an extensive collection on all aspects of maritime heritage, from the massive anchor in the museum courtyard to tiny models put together by the lighthouse keepers in the many lonely hours spent on duty off the coast of Ireland. Of the thousands of objects some hundreds are on display in the museum.

To get an impression of the museum as a whole, visit our Google Tour.

Here are some highlights:

The Baily Optic

This working Optic is the light from Baily lighthouse in Howth, North Dublin. It was installed in 1902 and removed in 1972 when the lighthouse was modernised. The lighthouse was originally gas, then vapourised paraffin powered, the light was equivalent to 2,000,000 candle power. The optic now shines a lesser light over the museum. Bailey Optic Light, donated by Irish […]

Captain Robert Halpin

Born in Wicklow on the 17th February 1836, son of James Halpin, innkeeper of Wicklow Bridge House. (Now known as Bridge Tavern)  He was the youngest of 13 children and first went to sea in 1847 at the age of 11. In June 1865 he was appointed Chief Officer of the Great Eastern. A behemoth of 22,000 tons and 680 […]

Collecting our maritime heritage

Our staff are always happy to meet people who bring in objects or documents dealing with Ireland’s maritime heritage, whether to get an expert opinion, share a story or donate items to our collection. Please contact Roger Kirker at museum@mariner.ie to make an appointment.

The Great Eastern

When the Great Eastern was launched in 1858 it was the largest ship in the world. It was designed by a great Victorian engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunell. It was built at Milwall on the River Thames. There was no dry dock large enough for it, and it had to be built alongside the river and launched sideways. It took several […]

Ships in a Bottle

We have a facinating and extensive collection of Ships in Bottles