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 Museum is delighted to be taking part in  Maths Week 2019! We are hosting a ‘Puzzle Pirate Workshop’ with Maths educator Douglas Buchanan. Students will stretch their mathematical skills as Douglas sets puzzle solving games and asks ‘Can Maths be Fun?’


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:

Remembering Edward Bransfield
Oct 17 @ 7:30 pm

Jim Wilson has been an Antarctic Wildlife Tour Leader for 12 years, he is giving a fascinating talk at the museum. He gives a wonderful insight into Edward Bransfield’s life, as he explored and mapped the Antarctic Mainland in 1820.

Can Maths be Fun? Puzzle Pirates Workshop!
Oct 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Audience: Suitable for 4th, 5th, 6th Class groups.

The journey for young puzzle pirates takes the young mathematicians to the world of puzzling. The mixture of activities brings about predictability, surprise, wonderment and the feeling of self-satisfaction.

The young mathematicians will participate in different mathematical tasks as they go along. Samples of activities can be found at here, and there is also a PowerPoint presentation. At each of the stations the young mathematicians could be solving puzzles using calculators, pentominoes, playing cards, tangrams, dominoes. I am creating activities all the time and so this page may change from time to time. The final round brings all the young mathematicians together where they are tasked with lateral thinking questions which brings the event to an exciting conclusion.

Douglas Buchanan’s presentations give participants the opportunity to solve various puzzles working in pairs or small groups. It gives them the chance to collaborate and also allows them to stretch their mathematical skills.

Douglas travels around the United Kingdom hosting maths challenges which attract, on average, 35 schools and also runs puzzling workshops. He is a regular visitor at Maths Week Ireland and he also visits Kenya with his puzzling. His aim is to make maths teaching and learning meaningful and appealing by keeping away from the textbook and presenting the subject through problem solving.

Suitable for 4th, 5th, 6th Class groups.

Friday 18th October

10.00am – 11.00am

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What does it take to be a Solo Sailor
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


Google Reviews

Google Reviews

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
(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

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