National Maritime Museum of Ireland

Photo: Richard McCormick

National Maritime Museum of Ireland

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Sunday 15 October, 12.00pm – 5.00pm

The National Maritime Museum of Ireland is housed in a de-consecrated Episcopalian Mariners Church which was built in 1837. It has been a museum since 1974.Described by it's first Chaplain, Dr. Richard Brooke,as "Large and gaunt and lofty and ugly, a satire on taste, a libel of all ecclesiastical rule, mocking at proportion and symmetry, but spacious and dry and convenient, having accommodation for 1400 souls, and abundant seats for seamen and the poor and always well filled." Well the space is now well filled with maritime artifacts, though views of the fine windows and interior high ceiling are unobstructed. Improvements were made in the latter part of the 19th century which included a bell tower.

First-come basis: Just turn up and look out for Open House Dublin volunteers. Tours will run on the hour at 12:00, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm.

Building Date: 1837
Location: Mariners Church, Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire

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