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.

Take a look at our Autumn/Winter schedule for 2019! There’s definitely something for everyone.

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

Museum Events:

An Evening with Pat Coldrick @ National Maritime Museum
Nov 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
An Evening with Pat Coldrick @ National Maritime Museum

Pat Coldrick is an Irish Classical Guitarist and Composer, who has been working for the last six years in Ireland but has also performed Recitals in Europe, the USA and Russia. Pat has been described as ‘pushing the boundaries of classical guitar’ with his musical interpretations and compositions and has made Classical Guitar exciting, interesting and more accessible to music lovers in general. Through his interpretation of music and by exploring and embracing new technologies he strives to enhance the dynamics of the classical guitar and bring his music to a wider audience both at home and abroad.

His music defies genre and appeals to a wide cross section of music lovers. While Pat plays his own arrangements of great classical pieces, it is his own compositions that sets him apart – pieces such as Lament, CityJam and Antarctica to name but a few. Pat’s skillful and atmospheric connection with his audience is an art form in itself and is in total contrast to other more formal classical performances. He has a very easy going, laid back and unassuming approach and his interaction with the audience and philosophy of ‘entertaining’ rather than ‘educating’ his listeners is a breath of fresh air.

He recently played in the national Concert Hall with the RTE symphony Orchestra.

What does it take to be a Solo Sailor @ Maritime Museum
Dec 11 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
What does it take to be a Solo Sailor @ Maritime Museum

This is going to be an interesting eveing whereby Joan is going to give an illustrated talk of some of her recent races including the current race she is taking part in.La Solitaire Urgo de Figaro. Joan is hoping to compete in the 2020 edition of the Vendee Globe, a non stop around the World race. Joan Will be introduced by Enda O Coineen. it is also an evening for Joan’s current and future sponsors to hear her very intersting story so far

An evening of Christmas Carols and Songs @ National Maritime Museum
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Dun Laoghaire Music & Dramatic Society Grand Christmas Concert is returning to the Museum on the 15th December for an evening of Christmas Carols, sure to get everyone in the festive spirit.

Doors open 7:30 pm.

Google Reviews

Google Reviews

Awesome guided tour from veteran sailor Frank. Interesting facts presented with awesome personal stories of life in the merchant navy from a genuine and wonderful man! Decent presentation across two floors in a renovated church, with original stained glass windows.Matt Barber18 November 2019
Thank you Franck for this brilliant presentation of the museum. Really interesting.did you notice the Scottish flag is the letter M? Do you have a present map of the Irish sea territory? It would be interesting to see the difference with all the EU negociations... Thanks for your time. All Finnegan14 November 2019
Дениска Редиска6 November 2019
John Cardiff3 November 2019
Highly recommended museum that you can not allowed to miss if you are in Dún Laoghaire! Absolutely packed with great info of Irish maritime history. Many hands-on experience to try for all ages. Staff at reception and in exhibit area were great source of knowledge as well! Entry fee is really reasonable. Loads of RNLI related historical info as well.Karoly Torok2 November 2019
Eric Coffey31 October 2019
Really interesting location. Had seen a short article on tv about RMS Leinster and as I had leave car in for service decided to pay a visit and get more information. Very educational and also saw interesting article on the MV Kerlogue which a friend of family served on during WWII. Very I interesting ace, educational n lot of interactive items to keep kids interested. Good job n highly recommend a visit if yr interested in irish maritime history 👍Colm D19 October 2019
Mook9 October 2019
Giacomo Casale6 October 2019
Samy Ungur1 October 2019