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Arklow Maritime Museum

The Bridgewater Centre North Quay | Bridgewater Shopping Centre, Arklow, Ireland
+353 402 91683
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Well worth a visit lots of historical stuff on view staff very helpful. You will come away knowing... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Paul B
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Arklow, Ireland
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Lovely place

Great time and Peter was very helpful and explained many of the displays and gave my parents and I... read more

Reviewed 14 April 2018
Familytravelersde
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Described as "one of the most valuable collections of maritime artifacts in the state", a treasure trove containing items, many brought back from far flung corners of the globe, all documenting the towns long association with the sea. Arklow's maritime history stretches back to the mists of pre-history. There is evidence to show that the 2nd century cartographer Ptolemy knew of its existence. In the 9th century the Vikings established the town and port on a permanent basis. The Normans consolidated its seafaring traditions. By the turn of the 20th century Arklow was Ireland's premier fishing port and had a fleet of 80 schooners, brigs and brigantines. To this day Arklow Shipping Ltd. has the largest fleet of vessels trading under the Irish flag and boat building still continues to be carried out by Arklow Marine Engineering Ltd. Until recently, wooden boats and ships were being constructed by John Tyrell & Sons Ltd., who designed and built Chichester's Gypsy Moth 3, the Irish sail vessel Asgard 2, numerous fishing vessels, trading vessels, pilot boats and many other types.
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The Bridgewater Centre North Quay | Bridgewater Shopping Centre, Arklow, Ireland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a visit lots of historical stuff on view staff very helpful. You will come away knowing a lot about the sea and Arklow ships and ship building.

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Jim R, staff at Arklow Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the thumbs-up, Paul. Glad you liked it.

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Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

Great time and Peter was very helpful and explained many of the displays and gave my parents and I individual attention. The short movie was very nice and explained the maritime history of Arklow well.

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Jim R, Guest Relations Manager at Arklow Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2018

Thank you for the lovely review, we really appreciate it. I hope you can visit us again, Peter.

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Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

What a great little find this was! Searching for something to do on a misty Sunday morning and we stumbled across this place It is only small but gives a fascinating insight into local Maritime history. And the passion of the staff on duty is...More

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Jim R, Staff member at Arklow Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2018

Many thanks for the kind words. Glad you enjoyed it. Keep spreading the word about us!

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

The Arklow's collection is composed of items often found in such museums - prints, models, pieces of ships' kit - but we found our guide's discussion of his personal favorites among the items to add gusto to the exhibition. His discussion of the knitting of...More

Thank twinridge
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Jim R, Guest Relations Manager at Arklow Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2018

Thank you for the positive review, I am glad that you enjoyed your visit and hope that you will call again in the future. Regards. Peter.

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Reviewed 27 March 2018

As a local I have to admit I do not visit this museum enough. The collection of artifacts there is fascinating. The staff member on duty was friendly and very informative. Really enjoyed the display on the Kynoch munitions factory. Will return soon!

Thank Pat N
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Jim R, staff member at Arklow Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2018

Thanks, Pat, please spread the word.

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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

Great place lots of real interesting pieces I lived there when I was a kid during the summer and I was great to see this all again Jim was an excellent tour guide as well very funny

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Jim R, Curator at Arklow Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2018

We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the museum. We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Peter.

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Reviewed 11 March 2018

This week I payed visit to the Arklow Maritime museum with my son. From the time we arrived we were warmly welcomed by the staff who recognised the interest my son has in maritime artefacts and the curator helped greatly to bring the displays to...More

1  Thank rossaclarke83
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Jim R, Guest Relations Manager at Arklow Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Thank you for those nice comments, I am delighted that you and your son enjoyed your visit and we look forward to seeing you again at the museum. Best Regards. Peter..

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Reviewed 5 January 2018

We took a visit to this lovely Museum on a visit to Arklow and we were not disappointed! Our guide was full of fascinating stories and insights into the history of Maritime life in the area throughout the years. We were shown an interesting video...More

Thank SarahRose76
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Jim R, Curator at Arklow Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2018

Thank you for your lovely review. Hope to see you again in the near future. Regards William

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Reviewed 1 January 2018

A good museum with an interesting range of exhibits, all related to Arklow but spanning the globe. The curator offered to tell us some stories about his favourite pieces and this was really the highlight. Take him up on it if you get the chance.

Thank Alitho10
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Jim R, Public Relations Manager at Arklow Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2018

Thank you for this nice review, we are glad that you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again at the museum.

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Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Just a few doors away from the new Aldi on the north side of the river this nuseum is a bargain at 3Euros for seniors and will beeven better value when it shortly expands into next door.

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Jim R, Curator at Arklow Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

Thank you for your lovely review, We are delighted that you enjoyed it. Jim.

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IrishMountainChild
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The normal time spent by visitors is 45-60 minutes. We have a 15 minute introductory video, outlining the history of the town and port, then whoever is on duty will give a guided tour of his favourite items with stories you... More
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