National Maritime Museum of Ireland

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National Maritime Museum of Ireland
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Museum exterior
National Maritime Museum of Ireland is located in Dublin
National Maritime Museum of Ireland
Location within Dublin
Established1978
LocationHaigh Terrace, Dún Laoghaire, Ireland
Coordinates53°17′32″N 6°07′54″W / 53.292156°N 6.131767°W / 53.292156; -6.131767Coordinates: 53°17′32″N 6°07′54″W / 53.292156°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 National Maritime Museum of Ireland (Irish: Músaem Mhuirí Náisiúnta na hÉireann) opened in 1978 in the former Mariners' Church in Haigh Terrace, near the centre of Dún Laoghaire town, southeast of Dublin city. President Michael D. Higgins officially re-opened the museum.

History[edit]

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 been cut off, 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.

Exhibits[edit]

Baily Optic in National Maritime Museum of Ireland
Exhibition in National Maritime Museum of Ireland


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