• Inishowen Maritime

    Museum & Planetarium

    Inishowen Maritime Museum & Planetarium is located at the Old Coast Guard station over looking Greencastle Harbour on the banks of the beautiful Lough Foyle.

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  • Museum Cafe

    Open daily!

    We serve fresh homemade soup, scones, sandwiches/wraps, salads, traybakes, cakes, coffees / teas, milkshakes and more.

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    Museum Shop

    The museum features a well-stocked gift shop where you can browse items ranging from nautical toys through exquisite model ships to reproductions of antique brass compasses and other navigator’s tools.

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Inishowen Maritime Museum

Inishowen Maritime Museum & Planetarium is located at the Old Coast Guard station over looking Greencastle Harbour on the banks of the beautiful Lough Foyle. It is situated beside the Lough Foyle ferry entrance; this passenger/car ferry service runs between Greencastle and Magilligan, Co. Derry

If you wish to contact us or have any queries on our new full-dome digital theater please do not hesitate to call the museum on (00353) 074 9381363.

Note: During winter hours, planetarium shows are not presented at pre-set times. As long as a staff member is present to run the shows, they are available anytime on a walk-in basis. (min 6 persons for unscheduled shows during winter opening hours)

For information or bookings, call 074 938 1363.

From N.I. & U.K.: 00 353 74 938 1363

Family and group rates available. School groups especially welcome!

“Cold Recall” – Roald Amundsen’s expedition to the South Pole.

In November 1912, Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian polar explorer, delivered a lecture to the Royal Geographic Society, London, describing his expedition to the South Pole.
The lecture was accompanied by slide photographs taken on the expedition. The quality and clarity of the photography is amazing.
The Fram Museum, Bygdøy, Oslo, is dedicated to telling the story of Norwegian polar exploration.
In 2006, the negatives of Amundsen’s polar collections were donated to a public / private partnership in Norway and are archived in the Norwegian National Library.
The Fram Museum used this access to create exhibitions, and accompanying book, about Amundsen’s polar expeditions. Using the original photographs and notes and reports of the expeditions, the museum has created an entertaining and informative display.
In June 2018, the Norwegian Ambassador to Ireland, Elsa Berit Eikeland, visited the Maritime Museum, in Greencastle, to establish connections between the maritime community in Inishowen and similar communities in Norway, based on our shared heritage of the sea, shipping and fishing.
Since then, she has been instrumental in re-establishing links between McDonald Boats and the Greencastle Yawl / Drontheim Association, here in Greencastle, and the National Maritime Museum, in Oslo, and other traditional boat builders further North. A group from Norway will be coming to Greencastle in March 2019.
In a separate initiative, representatives of the five secondary schools in Inishowen met in the Greencastle museum to discuss possible inter-school projects with secondary schools in Norway. They will be presenting their proposals to the Ambassador when she returns to Greencastle in December.
During her visit in June, the Ambassador offered the museum part of the Fram’s “Cold Recall” exhibition for display in the museum for the Winter / Spring season. This exhibition covers Amundsen’s voyage to the South Pole, which he was the first to reach on 14 December 1911.
To supplement the exhibition the museum has researched and collated information on Irishmen who voyaged to the Poles on expeditions, fishing or in the course of their normal jobs at sea.
Information and artefacts about them will go on display along with the Amundsen projects.
The Ambassador is returning on Friday 14 December to officially open both exhibitions. They will be open to the public until Spring 2019.

Museum Closed

Museum is closed to facilitate the setting up of a new exhibition.
“Cold Recall”.
Roald Amundsen’s Expeditions to the North and South Magnetic Poles.
Opening early December.

Winter Opening

The Museum will be on Winter opening hours until Easter 2019.

Museum & Planetarium

Monday- Friday 9.30am to 5.00pm

Last Admission is 4.30pm

Other times by appointment.

Please note: The museum will be undertaking maintenance work during October-November 2018.

New book published by Inishowen Maritime

The book by Guy Warner covers WW1 naval aviation in Inishowen. Its main emphasis is on the United States Naval Air Station “Lough Foyle” at Ture, with pictures and stories of seaplanes, base and personnel and descriptions of the interaction between base personnel and the local community.
It also covers the Royal Navy kite balloon service in Lough Swilly, the USNAS meteorological station at Malin Head and the testing out of Ballylifen as a mooring out station for Royal Naval Air Service dirigible balloons.

Cost- €12.00

P&P – Ireland €2.50 Europe- €3.70 Other- €4.80