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Visit Holyhead Maritime Museum
The museum was first established in the town in 1984 and was relocated to this picturesque seafront location in 1998. It is run entirely through the efforts of a dedicated team of volunteers.The museum is a fascinating experience for the whole family. Step back in time at the oldest lifeboat station in Wales (circa. 1858), which houses a wonderful collection of exhibits telling the fascinating maritime history of Holyhead. Examine detailed models of ships sailing the Irish Sea over 100 years ago and compare them to the modern technically advanced vessels of today. Learn about local shipwrecks and the lifeboatmen who saved so many lives. Part of the museum's complex is the permanent exhibition "Holyhead at War" housed in a Second World War air raid shelter situated alongside the Maritime Museum. Learn about the experiences and sacrifices made by the men and women of the town during both World Wars and more recent conflicts. You can even test our Air Raid Warning Siren!