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 on in the Museum: – a full list of events can be found here

Museum Events:

May
20
Mon
Spring into Heritage 2019
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Spring into Heritage and Summer of Heritage programme of events, are a series of Free guided tours run by the Heritage Office of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. They are suitable for schools, students, families, historic groups and individuals interested in local history.

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May
22
Wed
Spring into Heritage 2019
May 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Spring into Heritage and Summer of Heritage programme of events, are a series of Free guided tours run by the Heritage Office of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. They are suitable for schools, students, families, historic groups and individuals interested in local history.

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Google Reviews

Full of history, historical items and displays in the former Naval Church. Well worth a visit.J McCurdy9 May 2019
Rombout Höld7 May 2019
Victor Hedin5 May 2019
Excellent exhibition. Learn all about Ireland's Maritime history. Partly interactive, option for a guided tour. Kids area, public toilets, gift shop and wheelchair accessible entrance.Hazel Tucker Fogarty5 May 2019
Quite small but fascinating, say yes to a guide if possible as the commentary makes the event.John Orr5 May 2019
Good place for kidsSanchit Jain30 April 2019
Exeptional!Agnieszka Wilk-Ziembicka30 April 2019
Very nice museum with lots of seafaring history of Ireland. Most impressive is the setting which is in an old church somehow fitting to watch over the souls which were lost at sea.MOIRA P22 April 2019
Sandra Scholz20 April 2019
Great place to visit. Brought my three children and Derek was so helpful answering all their many questions!Gail Ashton17 April 2019

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