The Inishowen Maritime Museum & Planetarium is a major tourist attraction in Greencastle, north Donegal. The exhibits are based on themes, e.g. Emigration, Atlantic War, Faces From The Past, Foyle Pilots, Malin Head Radio Station, Shipwrecks, Lighthouses and many more. The Coastguard is also another striking feature in the museum.

The Inishowen Maritime Museum & Planetarium was found in 1994 by a group of local people who wanted to record and share the extraordinary maritime history of their area. They say the museum wouldn’t exist without the start-up funding they got from LEADER.

They also received a loan from the International Fund For Ireland, along with financial support from a variety of tourism and employment bodies.

The museum has expanded several times since it opened. As it grew, the museum received a further grant from LEADER to build a full dome planetarium, which was opened in 2000. In the planetarium, visitors can learn about how astronauts live in space, how water which falls on us may have fallen on dinosaurs and much, much more.

The committee bought a derelict building and transformed it into a fascinating museum. One of the original committee members is still actively involved, and the museum now has four employees. It has won a Better Ireland Award.

The Inishowen Maritime Memorial, unveiled in 1997 by President Mary Robinson, commemorates those from the Inishowen area who have lost their lives at sea. It attracts people who want to trace their roots.

The team who run the museum are environmentally-conscious. They are replacing machines with eco-friendly machines, are vigilant about conserving energy and are hoping to change the lighting to LED.