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National Maritime Museum of Ireland

Old Mariners' Church, Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
353-1-2143964
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Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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 to the present day. The museum welcomes visitors, tours and groups from home and abroad. It is wheelchair accessible. Visit and experience exciting stories of seafarers from all around the world who navigated the waters surrounding our island nation. « less
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Paris, France
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142 reviews 142 reviews
46 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

For all the ten years I've been coming to dun Laoghaire, I'd never visited the Maritime Museum, no doubt because it had been closed for renovations, but had always wondered why there were two church spires so close together in the center of town. Now I know! I thought I'd spend half an hour, ended up staying two, and learned... More

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

This is a very dull old fashioned museum though I am told it was renovated at great expense recently. The photos are pinned to a board in an amateur fashion instead of being displayed in a rolling display on a flat screen. Lighting is poor it seems to be way up in the ceiling and does not illuminate exhibits. One... More

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Great museum to visit. Lots of history. Great location. Boys really enjoyed reading about Irish influence on navies around the world. The Bailey light is spectacular and the centrepiece to a fabulous experience. 12 Euro's for the family well spent.

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

I found the Maritime museum in the old mariners church to be amazing, and very interesting. Being a big fan of all things nautical, it was great, but it'd also appeal to land lovers!

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Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

I visited the museum with nine other people from Cabra History Project on Tue 12th Nov 2013, and i found it a very enriching experience. The enthusiam which James and his assistant guided us through the different exhibits was very enlightening and being able to see how a sextant, was actually manually used by the Mariners in days gone bye,compared... More

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Leinster, Ireland
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28 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

I was very impressed by this museum. The exhibits are housed in an old church and it works really well. If you are interested in all things nautical or the history of seafaring this is a perfect museum for you. The coffee shop is lovely and homely and a nice place to relax. There are archives that you can consult... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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36 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

The museum had several original nautical instruments and paraphenilia. The highlight was the huge lighthouse on display with full lights and fog horn. Several miniature replicas of ships in great detail. Personnel were very helpful.

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Dublin, Ireland
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

The refurbished museum has items week displayed and informative texts. Plenty of local exhibits and interesting stories given the proximity to the sea. Easily reached by DART and bus with parking on metered road spaces or in nearby Royal Marine hotel carpark. Worth a visit especially if you have a marine interest or even just history.

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Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Although this museum follows what could be termed an old fashioned set up, that is to say involves lots of reading and immobile displays, it is still worth a visit. It can be found in what used to be a church building which provides the objects on show, with a remarkable backdrop. No parking area is available but on-street metered... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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41 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Our group visited this Maritime Museum with the inspired Guide, Seamus O'Connor.He could tell a story about all the artifacts as he walked us through this unique collection. This museum is housed in the beautifully refurbished Mariners Church in Dun Laoghaire. Well worth every second of your visit.

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