National Maritime Museum of Ireland

The National Maritime Museum of Ireland (Irish: Músaem Mhuirí Náisiúnta na hÉireann) opened in 1978 in the former Mariners' Church in Moran Park, located between the seafront and the centre of Dún Laoghaire town, southeast of Dublin city. President Michael D. Higgins officially re-opened the museum in 2012.

National Maritime Museum of Ireland
Museum exterior
Location within Dublin
LocationMoran Park, Dún Laoghaire, Ireland
Coordinates53.292156°N 6.131767°W / 53.292156; -6.131767
TypeMaritime museum
Public transit accessDún Laoghaire railway station
Dublin Bus 7, 7a, 45a, 46a, 59, 111
WebsiteMaritime Institute of Ireland


The church was built in 1837 for seafarers and remained open until 1971. In 1974 the Church of Ireland and the Maritime Institute of Ireland signed an agreement that led to the museum's opening.[1]

In 2006 substantial funding was authorised by the Government for capital expenditure to cover the cost of the refurbishment, however this funding has since ceased, and the museum is now dependent upon door receipts, fund raising events and donations. It is operated by volunteers and a community employment scheme provided by the Department of Social Protection.[2] In July 2011 two stained-glass windows by artist Peadar Lamb were installed in the former church, sponsored by the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company.[3] It reopened Tuesday 5 June 2012.



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