Ireland’s National Maritime Museum is situated in the Old Mariners Church at Dún Laoghaire.
The museum’s greatest artefact is probably the building itself as it is one of a few custom built places of worship for sailors remaining intact in the world to-day. There are interesting mechanical exhibitions, including first class artefacts, on many aspects of the Irish maritime, wildlife around the Irish coastline including fish, birds and small animals, a maritime art gallery, a recreated ship’s radio room and a Titanic exhibition.
The National Maritime Museum houses an extensive collection on all aspects of maritime heritage, from the massive anchor in the museum courtyard to tiny models put together by the lighthouse keepers in the many lonely hours spent on duty off the coast of Ireland. Of the thousands of objects some hundreds are on display in the museum.
To get an impression of the museum as a whole, visit our Google Tour.
The museum can be easily accessed by public transport. It is less than 5 minutes’ walk from Dun Laoghaire DART station or any of the busses serving Dun Laoghaire (7, 7a, 8, 45a, 46a, 59, 75, and 111). You can use an online travel planner to find the best route for you.
The museum does not have its own parking; however there are a number of car parks nearby (e.g. Pavilion Theatre or old shopping centre).
The church spire of the museum (beside the Royal Marine Hotel) is clearly visible from most places in Dun Laoghaire.
Most of the museum is accessible by wheelchair; however the architectural constraints of the old building have not allowed us to provide full access to the gallery part. If you need a hand, please ask one of our staff; there are always enough people around to lend a hand or provide an extra chair!
Our museum shop carries a nice selection of maritime related gifts, postcards and much more. Our café serves cold and hot snacks throughout. For groups, we can also provide set lunches at a good price – please ask for these when you book your visit with us.
Mon-Sun 11 to 5 pm
- Regular 5 Euro
- Family 12 Euro
- Groups 4.50 Euro (please pre-book for group visits)
- Children (under 12) 3 Euro
The National Maritime Museum of Ireland
Tel: (01) 280 0969