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.

Download our Worksheet for Junior Cert History here


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.

Download the poster as a pdf NMM Schools poster print