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:

Annual Table Quiz and Wine Tasting @ Dun Laoghaire Club
Nov 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Annual Table Quiz and Wine Tasting @ Dun Laoghaire Club

We are fund raising for the Maritime Museum,

We will be starting the evening with a wine tasting courtesy of Mitchells of Glasthule and followed by a table quiz, so get your thinking caps on! There will also be fun prices handed out throughout the night.

An enjoyable evening is had by all.

Bar available during the quiz.

Wreath Laying Ceremony @ City Quay Memorial
Nov 17 @ 12:00 pm
Wreath Laying Ceremony @ City Quay Memorial

Wreath laying ceremony 12:00 hrs at the City Quay Memorial on Sunday 17th November 2019 followed by light refreshments in Stella Maris SeafarersCentre 3 Beresford Place.

The wreath-laying event at 12.00 noon along the City Quay Memorial monument, is dedicated in honor of Seafarers lost at sea while serving on Irish Merchant ships during WW2.

Inscribed on the Memorial are names of merchant vessels and crews who lost their lives as battles raged in the Atlantic and surrounding seas, while Irish seafarers tried to ensure vital supplies of food reached our shores despite our neutrality. Among the casualties of war was Irish Shipping Ltd’s cargoship, Irish Pine which departed Dublin bound for Boston, USA, however all 33 crew were lost when the ship sank following a U-Boat torpedo attack in mid-November 1942.

Supported by The Dublin Port Company and Stella Maris

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

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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