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Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum

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Address: Custom House Quay, Dublin, Ireland
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Rated as one of the most popular attractions in Dublin, a visit to the...

Rated as one of the most popular attractions in Dublin, a visit to the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum will intrigue and fascinate all ages. Over 1 million people left Ireland during the 1840s at the height of the Great Famine, fleeing starvation and hoping for a new life in America. This mass emigration created a huge diaspora of people with Irish ancestry in the Americas, and later in Australia. The life-size wax figures in the museum below deck on the Jeanie Johnston are all modelled on actual passengers who made the journey to North America on the ship. Daily tours begin AT THE SHIP which is located on Custom House Quay just downriver from the International Financial Services Centre and across the road from Jury's Inn Hotel.

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Hands on history lesson.

It was cool to board, prowl around and listen to the history of the ship and her passengers. Great for alert teens and interested adults. The tour guide is a character, as one... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 October 2016
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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

It was cool to board, prowl around and listen to the history of the ship and her passengers. Great for alert teens and interested adults. The tour guide is a character, as one would expect. Give it a go!

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everett, wa
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Did I tour the same ship these glowing reviews did????? Below deck there are dummies in various positions to show the conditions, similar to what a really good high school project might have accomplished. It was disappointing. Really. We had Ray too (Lorna K's review mentioned he was wonderful) and my wife and I thought he was filling in! (I... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Very educational about the Famine and the ships. A bit expensive for 50 minute talk there is not much to see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

We arrived at the Jeanie, unsure of what to expect. Basically you board the boat, get introduced to the tour guide (we had Ray, lovely guy) then you go down some narrow steps to sit and listen to the history of the Jeanie and about the famine. It's very interesting and Ray was super knowledgable. Well worth a trip!

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Dublin
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

A friend and I walked up the quays to the Jeanie Johnston, in full expectation of enjoying a tour of the ship. Unfortunately all we found at the ticket office was an unhelpful note (see photo). It would have been nice to know when the '"next tour" was going to be - was it later the same day, the next... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We liked our visit to Dublin, bud did not have much time, so we really took care of planning and choosing what is worth seeing, by reading negative reviews first. Unfortunately this one was a miss! You hear about this ship on all other tours, so there always be people who would want to visit the ship, especially with such... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

An enjoyable hour and good value at 20 Euros for a family ticket. Our guide gave an informative and enjoyable talk about the famine ship (not really a famine museum). We would have liked to have seen a bit more of the ship as you only get on deck and into one room below but we enjoyed the visit.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Great tour led by Ray on board. Very interesting to understand more about the famine and emigration of which I knew little about before. Ray's presentation was passionate and knew his stuff. Not quite what I'd expected but a recommendation stop on the Dublin trail.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Although the Barque is only a third size of the original ship, it should be born in mind that this is a real vessel that has sailed across the Atlantic. Visits comprise of a 45/50 minute tour on board with an excellent background description of the conditions on board and the history of the Famine and subsequent Emigrations. All told... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

This is a replica of one of the 'famine ships' that nobody actually died on. It is located only a few minutes walk from O'Connell Bridge and is a real eye-opener for Irish History buffs. Great guides and very atmospheric.

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