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.




The National Maritime Museum of Ireland are delighted to host “The Windward Mark”, an exhibition of paintings by maritime artist James Gilna. Paintings feature classic sailboats such as the Dublin Bay 21s and Howth 17s racing at Kingstown Harbour and in various locations around the Irish Sea. The exhibition is available for preview from 17th September, and runs until 20th October 2019.

An informal “Meet the Artist” event will open the exhibition as part of Culture Night on 20th September from 5.30pm till 9pm.

James Gilna is maritime artist based in Dublin. He attended Dún Laoghaire School of Art and Design and the National College of Art and Design. When not in the studio he sails and races ‘’Erica’, a classic gaff rigged boat designed in 1897.

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

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Nils J.12 September 2019
Andrei Vatavu9 September 2019
(Translated by Google) Small interesting museum of Irish navy history. 45 minutes are recommended to visit it from 11am to 5pm every day. Very friendly and helpful staff. Excellent for both adults and children. Located a few meters from the seafront. Entrance fee. (Original) Piccolo interessante museo di storia di marineria irlandese. Sono consigliati 45minuti per visitarlo dalle 11 alle 17 tutti i giorni. Il personale molto gentile e disponibile. Ottimo sia per adulti che per bambini. Situato a pochi metri dal lungomare. Entrata a pagamento.Francesca Dendi8 September 2019
Rohith Ayyampully7 September 2019
Лилия Михерева30 August 2019
Alan McG24 August 2019
Teppei Iizawa18 August 2019
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

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