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Inishowen Maritime Museum and Planetarium

Inishowen Maritime Museum and Planetarium

Northwest Ireland | County Donegal

Inishowen Maritime Museum and Planetarium is located in Greencastle Town in western part of Inishowen peninsula in County Donegal. The museum is placed in the old coastguard station in Greencastle harbour on the shores of the Lough Foyle. The exhibition with its artifacts refer to the deep maritime tradition of Inishowen peninsula. You will find there a lot of interesting props such as navigating equipment, accessories from lighthouses, models of boats and two real size models of basking shark. Among the more interesting props you will find "Malin Head Radio Station". Produced by Marconi Radio Company, the station was operating through both World Wars and has witnessed many historic events. Fairly big part of the museum is dedicated to the "Drontheim Boat". You will find information about the wide range of its use, about the production process, you will see the original boat and tools with which was made. Among the exhibits you will also find one of the only few rocket carts preserved in Ireland, with it’s original life saving equipment which was use to rescue the crew from vessels stranded close to the shore. The exhibition "Faces From the Past" contains a collection of around 170 copies of British central record cards with photographies of the seaman. This documents explore such subjects as mariner’s careers, connections to WWI, emigration and loses at sea. In the front of the museum there is a Inishowen Maritime Memorial which commemorates all those from the Inishowen area who have lost their lives at Sea. The museum is also home for small planetarium, which shows four different movies about the earth, the cosmos and about the ocean in prehistoric times (there is also some movie for children).

    • Summer Opening Hours
      • Monday – Saturday: 9.30-5.30pm
      • Sunday: 12.00-5.30pm
    • Winter Opening Hours:
      • Monday to Friday 9.15am to 5.30pm
      • Last Admissions – 5pm
    • Adult: Museum - 5€
    • Adult: Museum & Planetarium - 10€
    • Children and students: Museum - 3€
    • Children and students: Museum & Planetarium - 6€
    • Senior Citizens: Museum - 4€
    • Senior Citizens: Museum & Planetarium - 8€
    • Additional charge for more than one planetarium show
    • Family & Group rates available
    • Info and booking phone: 00 353 74 938 1363
  • CAR PARK :
    • Yes

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