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, immortalised in James Joyce’s Ulysses, 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 much more including Humanist and Civil Weddings.

 

Find out what’s coming up in the Museum: – a full list of events can be found here

Museum Events:

Aug
19
Mon
Summer of Heritage 2019
Aug 19 @ 11:00 am

The Summer of Heritage programme of events are a series of Free guided tours run by the Heritage Office of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. They are suitable for schools, students, families, historic groups and individuals interested in local history. The National Maritime Museum are delighted to participate in this again in Summer 2019.

Aug
21
Wed
Summer of Heritage 2019
Aug 21 @ 11:00 am

The Summer of Heritage programme of events are a series of Free guided tours run by the Heritage Office of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. They are suitable for schools, students, families, historic groups and individuals interested in local history. The National Maritime Museum are delighted to participate in this again in Summer 2019.

Aug
26
Mon
Summer of Heritage 2019
Aug 26 @ 11:00 am

The Summer of Heritage programme of events are a series of Free guided tours run by the Heritage Office of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. They are suitable for schools, students, families, historic groups and individuals interested in local history. The National Maritime Museum are delighted to participate in this again in Summer 2019.

Aug
28
Wed
Summer of Heritage 2019
Aug 28 @ 11:00 am

The Summer of Heritage programme of events are a series of Free guided tours run by the Heritage Office of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. They are suitable for schools, students, families, historic groups and individuals interested in local history. The National Maritime Museum are delighted to participate in this again in Summer 2019.

Summer of Heritage 2019

Free one hour tours @11:00am Monday and Wednesday from June 24th to August 28th. Booking essential, limited places.

Aug
19
Mon
Summer of Heritage 2019
Aug 19 @ 11:00 am

The Summer of Heritage programme of events are a series of Free guided tours run by the Heritage Office of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. They are suitable for schools, students, families, historic groups and individuals interested in local history. The National Maritime Museum are delighted to participate in this again in Summer 2019.

Aug
21
Wed
Summer of Heritage 2019
Aug 21 @ 11:00 am

The Summer of Heritage programme of events are a series of Free guided tours run by the Heritage Office of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. They are suitable for schools, students, families, historic groups and individuals interested in local history. The National Maritime Museum are delighted to participate in this again in Summer 2019.

Aug
26
Mon
Summer of Heritage 2019
Aug 26 @ 11:00 am

The Summer of Heritage programme of events are a series of Free guided tours run by the Heritage Office of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. They are suitable for schools, students, families, historic groups and individuals interested in local history. The National Maritime Museum are delighted to participate in this again in Summer 2019.

Aug
28
Wed
Summer of Heritage 2019
Aug 28 @ 11:00 am

The Summer of Heritage programme of events are a series of Free guided tours run by the Heritage Office of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. They are suitable for schools, students, families, historic groups and individuals interested in local history. The National Maritime Museum are delighted to participate in this again in Summer 2019.

Google Reviews

Fletch17 August 2019
Small for a museum but absolutely packed with fascinating exhibits ranging from iron age ships to WWII radio rooms. It has a good balance of information for both kids and adults. The lighthouse light, spinning endlessly in the bed of mercury that keeps it moving so smoothly, is huge and gorgeous as well. It's also a great place for a wedding; staff were helpful about keeping everything delicate separated properly while leaving the museum its great character during the event. Watching the sunlight fall through the stained glass windows behind the rotating lighthouse lantern during the ceremony was just perfect.Fade Manley14 August 2019
Benjo Mercado14 August 2019
Mark Scarff11 August 2019
Wonderful place, I was greeted by gentleman who guided me through, he spent his life on sea and told me his whole life.martin jakubík10 August 2019
Really interesting place. Worth a visit if you've got an interest in history and maritime or just if you want to kill some timeSean Kelly9 August 2019
The boys loved itMarcas Ó Duinn9 August 2019
Ildikó Nagy2 August 2019
Fantastic amenity brilliant history of maritime shipping from around Dublin bay and Irish sea area incredible model's of various shipping boat's computer information Story telling tours of museum gift shop Great array of gift's upstairs area of museum information on various ship wrecks including the leinster mail boat which was torpedoed of the Dublin bay by German submarine with the loss of over 500 lives visitor's from overseas countries also visit and set in the heart of dun laoughire Town set just south of the vast metropolis of Dublin Ireland highly recommended well worth a visit restaurants nearby shops pubs and Club's in the bustling Town rail and bus link's also to and from the city open daily too well worth a visitGerard Deegan1 August 2019
Tobias Kjaer27 July 2019

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