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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 theatre 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!

Open All Year Round

Summer Opening

May – August

Tuesday – Saturday

10.00am – 5pm

Sunday

12.00pm – 5pm

Last admission 4.00pm

Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays)

Winter Opening

Monday – Friday

10.30am – 4.00pm

Last admission 3.30pm

Other times by appointment

Coming Soon! New Virtual Reality Experiences

Coming soon! New VR experiences will be launched in Donegal! #lovedonegal
The experiences marry Maritime History with the latest technology in the form of Virtual Reality! #keepdiscoveringdonegal
Here at the Inishowen Maritime Museum we will have two of these VR experiences – ‘Wrath of the Atlantic, Wrecks of the Armada’ – dating back to the 16th Century & the Spanish Armada era, the experience focuses on La Girona and La Trinidad Valencera & their final journeys; https://tide-atlantic.eu/NewsDetail?MediaNewsId=1363
‘Beware! Convoy Below’ – a shared TIDE International Partner experience with Derry City & Strabane Co Co, Devon Co Co & Clarte in France. The experience dates back to the early 20th century & World War 1 era where the ships left Buncrana, headed for Rathmullen pier, attached the Kite Balloons onto the ship and at over 1,000 feet kept an eye for U-boats & mines; https://tide-atlantic.eu/NewsDetail?MediaNewsId=1367
Stay tuned!

La Trinidad Valencera Weekend 2022

Inishowen Maritime Museum is hosting a weekend event to celebrate the launch of an exhibition of a selection of artefacts from La Trinidad Valencera. The weekend will also celebrate the discovery of the wreck at Kinnagoe Bay just over 50 years ago. All are welcome to attend. Please note that booking is essential for fieldtrips.

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Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain visits Inishowen Maritime Museum.

L-R Charlie McConalogue Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine of Ireland, Rosemarie Moulden Manager, Seamus Carey Chairperson of Inishowen Maritime Museum, Seamus Bovaird committee member of Inishowen Maritime Museum, H.E. Mr. Ildefonso Castro Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain, Kate O’Callaghan Manager, Mrs. Esperanza Cancio de Castro

On Monday the 9th Inishowen Maritime Museum had the pleasure of hosting H.E. Mr. Ildefonso Castro, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain and his spouse, Mrs. Esperanza Cancio de Castro. They were given a tour of the museum with a special focus on the Spanish Armada exhibition la Trinidad Valencera which will have its official launch down here at the museum with the date to be announced soon. Before they departed, Mrs. Esperanza Cancio de Castro was gifted a Glendowen shawl created by Ann McGonigle of Glendowen Craft Studio as a reminder of her and H.E. Mr. Ildefonso Castro visit to the Inishowen Maritime Museum and Inishowen area.

Opening Hours

Summer Opening

May – August

Tuesday – Saturday

10.00am – 5pm

Sunday

12.00pm – 5pm

Last admission 4.00pm

Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays)

Winter Opening

Monday – Friday

10.30am – 4.00pm

Last admission 3.30pm

Other times by appointment

Norwegian Ambassador visits Museum to launch “The Vikings” exhibition.

Andrew Ward Inishowen Development Partnership, Seamus Carey Museum committee member, Norwegian Ambassador to Ireland Mari Skåre, Seamus Bovaird Museum committee member, Ken Doherty Museum committee member, Karl Vekins Museum committee member

The Norwegian Ambassador to Ireland, Mari Skåre, visited the museum on 26 July 2021 to renew the connections made

by her predecessor, Else Berit Eikeland, with cultural interests in Inishowen and to formally launch a new Norwegian exhibition, “The Vikings  “,

The previous ambassador had arranged the loan, from the Fram Museum, Oslo, of the exhibition, “Cold Recall – Roald Amundsen’s expedition to the South Pole”.

This had been replaced by the new exhibition, but Covid precautions had prevented an official launch, earlier, so Ambassador Skåre did the honours on this visit.

The exhibition will be on display until Spring 2022, when it is hoped to replace it by an exhibition on the Spanish Armada.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the discovery of “La Trinidade Valencera” by Derry sub-Aqua Club, in Kinnago Bay but Covid has delayed this commemoration too.

Ambassador Skåre met with representatives of Inishowen’s four secondary schools, the Inishowen Traditional Music Project and with some traditional boatbuilders and sailors to re-start some of the Embassy projects.

She will be returning in the Autumn to progress the projects.