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National Maritime Museum of Ireland

Closed Now: 11:00 - 17:00
Open today: 11:00 - 17:00
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They have plenty of good talks here on specialist subjects

This museum is run by volunteers- who are enthusiastic about their asset. The museum has a focus on... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Vincent D
Very nice museum

What a great museum to visit. Not too big, information about local ships, the approach of a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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“old church”(19 reviews)
“maritime museum”(14 reviews)
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The museum is open everyday from 11am to 5pm. Admission €5, Family €12, unwaged €3. It is the primary collection of materials relating to Ireland's colourful maritime heritage, from ancient times through the golden ages of sail and steam, right up...more
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Old Mariners' Church, Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
+353 1 214 3964
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All reviews old church maritime museum hidden gem dun laoghaire very helpful staff beautiful church on display just the right amount informative tour stained glass unique collection closed for renovations interesting items worth a visit the royal marine hotel would highly recommend a visit run by volunteers
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is run by volunteers- who are enthusiastic about their asset. The museum has a focus on shipping and nautical life and is no soley related to yachting. It is well worth a visit - after you have walked the east pier which is...More

Thank Vincent D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a great museum to visit. Not too big, information about local ships, the approach of a volunteer made it special. Some extra information about the church, with magnificent windows. Nice with kids too. Several things to play with, morse code, getting an engine started......More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful old church that houses a very well laid out maritime museum. It focuses on some of the major maritime disasters and has lots of interesting bits and bobs. Volunteer staff were excellent. On the down side, if you are not on top of your...More

Thank MaryC2518
Reviewed 5 October 2018

The National Maritime Museum is housed in a magnificent, 19th century, Church of Ireland, mariner’s church that was built in 1836 in Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire). The church closed in 1972, opening as the Maritime Museum two years later. Previously, the museum had been housed...More

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Reviewed 2 October 2018

Set just behind the harbour, this is a lovely museum. It is impressive that so many Irish sailors went on to achieve such prominence in navies throughout the world. The guides were enthusiastic and fun. An interesting use of an old church.

Thank Margaret K
Reviewed 27 September 2018

Unique display of maritime artifacts in the stunning old church. Enjoyed visiting the displays and talking with the volunteer about different items.

Thank Sue W
Reviewed 21 September 2018

That large fresnel lighthouse lens grabs the attention as one enters as it is ideally placed in front of the old church's stained-glass window. I could not hope to do any justice to this place in a short review. All I would say is do...More

Thank Gretry
Reviewed 8 September 2018

My Dad (ex Merchant Navy) and I both loved this fascinating little museum. The optic from Bailey Lighthouse is very impressive. The exhibits are interesting and well-labelled and the staff were friendly and knowledgeable. We spent much longer there than I thought we might.

Thank mozz09
Reviewed 4 September 2018

Housed in the beautiful former Mariner's Church it cogently displays and educates about the all encompassing and important maritime environment for Ireland as an island. Lighthouses and their infrastructure are conveyed with fine examples of revolving lenses and beams. Grand models of ferry and cargo...More

1  Thank permia
Reviewed 16 August 2018

I only found out about this museum from the Dunloaghaire Rathdown Heritage tours schedule even though I live in Dublin and have visited Dunlaoghaire many times. The museum is very interesting with history of mariners in Ireland and the building itself is a beautiful mariners...More

Thank Maria-Luisa M
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