Our educational mission is to use the evidence from Ireland’s maritime heritage to excite the imagination and encourage appreciation, understanding and enjoyment by people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

Some of the many areas covered by our exhibits and focussed on during guided tours are:

  • Maritime History
  • Maritime technology
  • Irish geography
  • Town development as exemplified by Dun Laoghaire
  • The Irish Navy
  • Halpin and the laying of the transatlantic cable

Please let us know if you want the tour to focus on specific aspects, our guides will tailor their tour accordingly.


The Museum is passionate about the life-long value of engaging young people with the Museum’s unique cultural resources. It aims to keep its charges to educational groups as low and flexible as possible. Presently the group rate remains at €5 per person. Payment can be made by credit card or by cheque (made payable to ‘National Maritime Museum’). We reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee for groups who cancel within 48 hours.

Educational Tours: Workshops and hands-on activities

We offer a range of curriculum related workshops and hands-on learning activities. It is advisable that details of the group’s requirements are furnished at least a week before the trip in order to ensure that your needs are met.

Planning your visit

The most successful and rewarding visits are planned with the advice and support of the Education Chairperson who is happy to go through the practical and educational requirements of your visit. To help your group get the most out of their day, contact

We welcome and encourage teachers and group leaders to carry out a free planning visit.


The Museum is mostly accessible for people with disabilities or limited mobility.

Students and accompanying adults are welcome to bring a packed lunch with them.

The shop offers a good range of souvenirs and books.

Parking facilities are available nearby, details of which are available from the Museum.

The Light Keepers: Maritime Memories across the generations

‘ Heritage and Education: Learning from our Heritage’

-exploring an aspect of Ireland’s educational heritage as displayed by exhibits in the National Maritime Museum of Ireland and recorded by local school children from 1937-1939

To celebrate Heritage Week 2020 we have researched local school children’s projects from the past to see if any work related directly to the museum’s exhibits and the immediate locality. The National Folklore Project proved to be a goldmine of information. It’s Schools’ Collection provides us with stories relevant to the museum, the locality and the people in our community. Stories written were sourced from the school children’s parents, grandparents and neighbours. The intergenerational handing down of local history material has proved a fascinating resource.

The Schools’ Collection: Approximately 750,000 pages of folklore were compiled by pupils from 5,000 primary schools between 1937 and 1939. This remarkable collection is the outcome of an innovative project supervised by the Irish Folklore Commission.

In conjunction with the Department of Education and the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation, senior Primary School children recorded in excess of 750,000 pages of local history and oral tradition from across the 26 counties of the Irish Free State. This includes some 18,000 of the children’s original school exercise books.

dú created a project to digitize The National Folklore Collection of Ireland, UCD.

This forms part of an ongoing project, an online exhibition ‘The Light Keepers: Maritime Memories across the Generations 1930s