Winter Opening Hours

Saturday to Sunday
Mon-Fri by Appointment Only


Phone : 041-9819501 Email :

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We are looking forward to seeing people back at the museum soon. We have missed you!

However we have to do things differently to keep all our staff and visitors safe in accordance with the Public Health guidelines.

We have been preparing for this for some time and the entire museum now has 2M guide marks through the floor plan as well as multiple sanitising stations and especially at each of the exhibits. We pride ourselves in being a Hands On museum but for now that will have to be curtailed.

We are limiting the number of people within the building to 50 at any one time – so we do ask for your patience if this causes any delays on entry – your safety is our concern.

Unfortunately due to social distancing requirements we are unable to conduct group guided tours at this time. But we have updated the information available at each exhibit so that you can learn about them in your own time. Our staff will be on hand (and behind face coverings) to help our visitors but this will be on a more individual basis and responding to questions rather than the full tour experience.

We look forward to welcoming you safely back to our museum!

We are also closed on Wednesday the 12th this week for some important maintenance

Museum Attractions


Museum Tours

Take Time Wandering or Join a Guided Tour

This is not history behind a glass wall. Walk among our exhibits. We encourage you to pick up the weapons and feel what they were like to handle. See re-creations of World War I trenches or the largest collection of uniforms of the times and listen to our guides tell stories that make history come alive.

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School Tours

Make History Come Alive For Your Students

A visit to the Irish Military War Museum is a true interactive hands-on experience. Students will have the opportunity to tour the museum with a guide, handle original weapons and equipment, visit a replica World War I trench, watch a blank-firing weapon’s display with period weapons, and maybe even ride in a tank! Tours and expert talks can be tailored for individual schools because, at the end of the day, you know your students best! Tours must be pre-booked. Deposit required.

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Family Fun

There is a Whole Lot to Do Inside or Outside.

Book the indoor area for your child’s birthday party overlooking the museum exhibits. Enjoy our playground or attempt our inflatable obstacle course for hours of energetic fun. A covered outdoor picnic area is also available for those outside summer parties.

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Scouts and Guides Camping

Safe, Secure with all your needed amenities on hand

It’s no surprise our camping area is popular with scouts and guides from all over the North East and beyond. With a covered picnic area, BBQ facility, running water, fire-pit and bathroom amenities, you have all you need to experience the outdoors. The museum is open to provide shelter when the Irish weather turns foul. Secure and floodlit at night where needed.

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Tank Driving

The Ideal His or Hers Present

So now you have a chance to take a tank for a spin. A driving experience like no other. Unleash your inner James Bond! Of course, you can also just go for a spin along with 10 friends, with us doing the driving. Bookings from September 1st on-wards due to Covid-19 restrictions.

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Uniform Hire

We love Drama, Film and Theatre

If you are looking for Military Uniforms to dress your actors or performers, we have one of the largest collections in Ireland – all for hire. From the Napoleonic Era right up to the First Gulf War. No excuses now if your production does not look authentic!

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