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:

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
An evening of Christmas Carols and Songs @ National Maritime Museum

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

Gerry Geraghty20 November 2019
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 the.best.Mireille 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
Federico Maria Teotini29 September 2019
Mehrukh Masood29 September 2019
Denis Parker28 September 2019
Nils J.12 September 2019
Andrei Vatavu9 September 2019
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
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