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