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Arklow Maritime Museum

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Address: The Bridgewater Centre North Quay | Bridgewater Shopping Centre, Arklow, Ireland
Phone Number:
+353 86 446 0784
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Described as "one of the most valuable collections of maritime...

Described as "one of the most valuable collections of maritime artefacts in the state", a treasure trove containing items, many brought back from far flung corners of the globe, all documenting the towns long association with the sea.

Arklow's maritime history stretches back to the mists of pre-history. There is evidence to show that the 2nd century cartographer Ptolemy knew of its existence. In the 9th century the Vikings established the town and port on a permanent basis. The Normans consolidated its seafaring traditions.

By the turn of the 20th century Arklow was Ireland's premier fishing port and had a fleet of 80 schooners, brigs and brigantines. To this day Arklow Shipping Ltd. has the largest fleet of vessels trading under the Irish flag and boat building still continues to be carried out by Arklow Marine Engineering Ltd.

Until recently, wooden boats and ships were being constructed by John Tyrell & Sons Ltd., who designed and built Chichester's Gypsy Moth 3, the Irish sail vessel Asgard 2, numerous fishing vessels, trading vessels, pilot boats and many other types.

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A facinating collection of artifacts and human interest stories

We really enjoyed our visit to Arklow Maritime Museum. At five euro each, we thought it was very good value. The location beside the Bridgewater Shopping Centre is very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed our visit to Arklow Maritime Museum. At five euro each, we thought it was very good value. The location beside the Bridgewater Shopping Centre is very convenient. We received a warm welcome from Kevin, the staff member on duty. Our visit began with a short informative video. The collection of artifacts there was fascinating. We were asked... More 

Thank Merrybeau
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Reviewed December 14, 2016 via mobile

A real gem with some real maritime treasures, fascinating for young and old alike. Arklow has such a rich maritime heritage linked to so many places around the world.

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Jim R, Curator at Arklow Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review. Hopefully the next time you visit the museum, it will be even bigger and better! More 

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Reviewed November 20, 2016 via mobile

This place is an excellent little museum to visit for anybody passing through Arklow or even for anyone from there that's interested in a huge part of the history of the town. The people working there are very welcoming & friendly and are full of interesting facts and tidbits. Would definitely recommend a trip to it!

Thank Sinead R
Jim R, Curator at Arklow Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review, it was lovely to have you and we look forward to seeing you in the future. More 

Sandefjord, Norway
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Reviewed November 17, 2016

The museum is accessed from the quay-side with an old - hopefully - defused mine outside. Walk up the stairs to the first floor. It is small but the stuff inside is well presented. Arklow as a shipbuilding port goes back to the middle ages - at least. Run by entusiasts with little financial support, the lads in the museum... More 

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Jim R, Curator at Arklow Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words of support, it was an absolute pleasure to welcome you to the museum and we can't wait to see you again one day. More 

Gorey, Ireland
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Reviewed November 8, 2016

During the rain, we found ourselves in this lovely museum, once again admiring the wonderful antique items on display. Very well laid out and the helpers had a wonderful knowledge of the history, which they freely gave. Enjoy an hour or two checking this museum out.

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Jim R, Curator at Arklow Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words, we're glad we could keep you entertained and dry on a rainy day! We look forward to seeing you again in the future. More 

Arklow, Ireland
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Reviewed August 23, 2016

Arklow has a long seafaring tradition and this museum, located in the Bridgewater Shopping Centre, is an Aladdin's cave of maritime treasures. The man who runs it, Jim, is also a fantastic historian and raconteur so you'll easily spend a couple of hours immersed in this fantastic amenity.

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Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

I took a tour of the museum today and a local historian by the name of Jim Rees gave me the tour. He is the curator there and I loved this place. Lots of info in this building which was on the small side, but there are talks of expanding. There is lots to learn about the impact the Vikings... More 

Thank SouthWicklow
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Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

Visited the Arklow Maritime Museum today for the first time with kids. Was pleasantly surprised at how much the kids enjoyed it ( and at how much we learned) . Was 10 euro for the family which was extremely cheap to say we spent about 1.5 hours there. The staff are so friendly and helpful and funny , and were... More 

1 Thank mcdermottfamily
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Reviewed June 15, 2016

Arklow Maritime Museum is a must see for anybody visiting Arklow or Wicklow region. It houses Arklow's maritime history from the traditional fishing industry to ship building; Arklow's involvement in the rescue of passengers on the Luisitania with some artifacts on display and a wealth of other maritime memorabilia. Well worth a visit.

1 Thank Patricia R
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Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

It was fascinating. It was good to see that it gave Irish seafarers caught up in the first and second world wars their due. Enjoyed all displays and particularly the short film. Really enjoyed the friendly and knowledgeable curator who was happy to answer our questions. Well worth a visit!

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