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National Maritime Museum of Ireland

Old Mariners' Church, Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
353-1-2143964
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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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London, United Kingdom
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116 reviews 116 reviews
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This old sailors' church is packed with an eclectic selection of marine artifacts and art works. We expected to spend maybe half an hour in passing but were there three times that. As a big fan of the much bigger Maritime Museum in Greenwich, I was expecting to find this rather parochial but I was in fact impressed. it is... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The setting of the old sailor's church adds a ton to this museum, which is packed with authenticity & extremely enthusiastic staff.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is quite an old-fashioned museum, but it's full of interesting exhibits. The Titanic feature is very moving, as is a large display devoted to a more local shipwreck. There is plenty for children to look at (lots of model shops and stuffed fish) though no interactive things for them. My nearly three-year-old son enjoyed the visit and found lots... More

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England
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Great place to pass the lunch hour. Learn all about RMS Leinster, God rest their souls. Loved the main feature in the front - find out what it is....

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Paris, France
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78 helpful votes 78 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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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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29 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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