The Inishowen Peninsula is a huge favourite of mine, and one that I have spent many an hour walking along. Inishowen in itself attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, yet the place has still managed to retain its tourism innocence. One of the biggest attractions in County Donegal has to be that of the Maritime Museum & Planetarium. This beautiful building was once a hive of activity for everything to do with the Second World War, and was once a very important building to the war effort. Today however, it continues to be of great historical importance as it plays home to hundreds of exhibits all perfectly laid out for all to see. With the addition of the planetarium, I would give at least two hours for your visit, however if you were to read and look at everything here, you could be there for a whole lot longer!
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. It is situated beside the Lough Foyle ferry entrance; this passenger/car ferry service runs between Greencastle and Magilligan, Co. Derry. The museum has an extensive collection of artefacts, exhibitions and memorabilia of all things maritime and included in our themes are shipwrecks, traditional boat building, fishing, emigration, WWI/WII Battle of the Atlantic, coastguards, master mariners to basking sharks and more. Our new planetarium projection system gives audiences of all ages an opportunity to view various shows that provide a feeling of full sensory immersion unlike any standard classic planetarium or cinema. Our new full dome theatre runs four shows each day and you do not have to be interested in just astronomy and science to enjoy the experience, we also offer shows on prehistoric sea monsters, our global climate and our kids favourite the ‘Enchanted Reef'. Other amenities include nautical gifts and a fishing tackle shop, museum tea room and car and coach parking.