National Maritime Museum of Ireland

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The National Maritime Museum of Ireland is a museum in the port city of Dún Laoghaire in County Dublin. As the city’s number one attraction, the museum presents a comprehensive exhibition on the history of the Irish Navy, from the merciless naval battles to the terrible shipwrecks Ireland has suffered over the last few centuries…. An exciting museum that will teach you a lot about the relationship between the Irish and the sea!

Visit the National Maritime Museum of Ireland

A museum dedicated to man’s passionate love of the ocean

The museum is located on the quays of the port of Dún Laoghaire, in a former church that was once used as a place of prayer for Irish sailors.

Open since 1978, the National Maritime Museum of Ireland offers a comprehensive overview of the history of mankind and the sea. On the programme are accounts of historic naval battles between the Irish, the British and then the French, accounts of terrible shipwrecks, a presentation of the traditional fishing practices dear to the Irish, the way in which existing lighthouses in Ireland operate… In short: everything you need to understand the passionate relationship that the Irish have with the ocean!

The museum’s setting is magical: the church’s stained glass windows and wooden roof add a special charm to the museum’s collections, and you can easily lose track of time between the different themes dealt with in the building.

Above all, we advise you not to miss the museum’s major exhibitions. These are exciting, and should inform you about a lot of different subjects concerning the sea! Also, we recommend you those on :

  • Irish lighthouses (technical innovations and the precarious life of lighthouse keepers),
  • the SS Great Eastern, a warship commanded by Captain Robert Halpin..,
    objects that belonged to the RMS Leinster, a ship that was torpedoed in 1918 killing 500 people, in the vicinity of Dún Laoghaire,
  • the various Irish warships at the time of the Second World War,
  • the various uniforms of the Irish navy from the 16th century to the present day.

In short, this visit will plunge you into the heart of an unsuspected maritime and historical universe! A site that is one of our favourites!

National Maritime Museum of Ireland
Practical information

Address Address:
Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire

Coordonnées GPSGPS:
53.292419, -6.132167

Web siteWeb site:
Access to the website
PricesPrices :

5€ per person

Opening hoursOpening hours:

Monday to Saturday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

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