Seamus Lynam joined the Museum in 2001 as Head of Services. He has overall responsibility for the Museum's public services - education and marketing strategies, visitor facilities, security and buildings. He also has responsibility for the delivery of the Museum’s capital programme including Phase II, Collins Barracks and the redevelopment of the Natural History building.
Since joining the Office of Public Works in 1978 he has had a varied career in the heritage and cultural area of the public service. In the 1980s he project-managed many heritage capital projects including the visitor centres at Glendalough and Glenveagh National Park. In 1991 he was appointed OPW’s first Education and Publicity Officer. In this role he established Heritage Days in Ireland and was Ireland’s representative as one of the founding members of European Heritage Days. He chaired the Irish Committee and managed an extensive programme for European Nature Conservation Year in 1995. In 1997 he joined the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands and worked on arts policy and leglislation including the green paper on the arts 'Towards a New Framework for the Arts', and the Arts Act 2003.
Seamus Lynam was acting director between 1st March 2012 and the 7th July 2013.