Irish Military War Museum

Opened in County Meath on the 6th of June 2014, the Irish Military War Museum offers a fascinating insight into Irish participants’ involvement in both World War One and World War Two, as well as other military conflicts in world history.

The Irish Military War Museum, covering 5,000 square feet of floor space, will represent a distinctly non-political but ‘must see’ educational and historical resource for people of all ages and from right across the island of Ireland and beyond.



Given the highly strained relationship between Britain and Ireland down through the centuries, the museum will explain the complex political background behind why 210,000 Irishmen from both traditions fought in the mud sodden trenches of France, Flanders and the Dardanelles during World War One as rebellion tensions erupted back in Ireland.

Twenty years later, an estimated 80,000 Irishmen of the next generation from neutral Southern Ireland again fought with the British Armed Forces against the tide of fascism during what the Irish Government called ‘The Emergency’. In addition, many Irish people served in other armies including the armed forces of the United States during World War Two. Thousands of Irish born soldiers did not return from both conflicts.

The Irish Military War Museum will recreate in stunning detail examples of trenches of World War One as well as displays of the highly motorized conflict that was World War Two. The Museum will house one of the finest collections of WW2 Allied and Axis vehicles and deactivated weapons ever assembled in Ireland.

Schools
The World War Experience School Tour Package – ‘Have fun by learning, and learn by having fun! At the Irish Military War Museum, we offer visiting schools the ‘World War Experience’ School Tour Package.

Students will have the opportunity to tour the museum with a guide, handle original weapons and equipment, visit a replica WW1 trench, watch a blank-firing weapons display with period weapons, and ride in a tank!!

There are now three different types of school tour package, one to suit the pocket of every school. Prices range from €10 to €19.16 per student. More information can be found on our website.

Tour Package
The Irish Military War Museum Tour Package. Want to have the full Irish Military War Museum experience? We offer three different types of tour package, one to suit the pocket of every group. Here is what the various packages include:
  • Full guided tour of the museum
  • Military history talk given by out in-house historian (the talk can be tailored to suit your group’s needs)
  • Opportunity to handle original weapons and equipment
  • Visit our replica WW1 trench
  • Blank-firing weapons display from our experts
  • Ride in a tank

Talks/Workshops
Talks and Workshops at the Irish Military War Museum: The Irish Military War Museum has an in-house historian available to give talks and workshops to visiting groups. Talks/Workshops can be tailored to suit your group’s needs and can be arranged by contacting the museum directly.



Drive a Tank
Learn to drive a tank at the Irish Military War Museum. Drive a Tank!Ever wanted to learn to drive a tank? Well now you can! At the Irish Military War Museum, our in-house instructor can teach you to drive our original FV432 armoured personnel carrier.

First built in Britain in 1962, the FV432 is still in service with various armies, proving just how dependable a vehicle it is. It is also great fun to drive, so why not sign up for a lesson and find out for yourself! You will also get your own FV432 dog-tag driving license to prove that you have driven a tank!

PLEASE NOTE: We ONLY do tank lessons on Saturdays and Sundays.

Lessons cost €130 per person. To book your lesson, please call the museum on 041 981 9501.

(Advance booking is essential)

Costume Hire
At the Irish Military War Museum, we have an extensive range of military uniforms and equipment for hire. All of our pieces are either period originals or high-quality replicas, and will suit the requirements of any production. Our range is predominantly British WW1, German WW1, US WW2, German WW2, and 1916 Irish Volunteers, but we do have a broad selection of other uniforms.

Please call us on 041 981 9501 or 086 395 2180 or email william@imwm.ie if you have any queries or any other needs, and to find out the cost of costume hire.



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