The National Maritime Museum celebrates Ireland’s maritime heritage. See lighthouse lights, the SS Great Eastern display, artefacts recovered from the wreck of the RMS Leinster (torpedoed in 1918 with 500 deaths), and models of the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company ships.
The museum’s greatest artefact is probably the building itself – it is one of the few custom built places of worship for sailors remaining intact in the world to-day. There are interesting exhibitions on wildlife around the Irish coastline, a maritime art gallery, a recreated ship’s radio room and a Titanic exhibition.
The 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 lighthouse keepers in the many lonely hours spent on duty. The museum is run by volunteers and by members of the community employment scheme.
Open 7 days 11.00 am – 5.00 pm
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
Mariners’ Church, Haigh Terrace, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.
Tel: 01 2800969 (11.00 am-5.00 pm).
Adults €6; concessions.