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Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum

Custom House Quay, Dublin D01 KX44, Ireland
+353 1 473 0111
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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 the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel.
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Custom House Quay, Dublin D01 KX44, Ireland
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+353 1 473 0111
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Reviewed 29 October 2017

This boat is a sad reminder of a painful time in Irish history but it has a beautiful story with it. It cost nothing to see and will bring goosebumps to you. They have done a wonderful job keeping it intact.

Thank Mike C
Reviewed 19 October 2017

A good visit along with the EPIC Immigration Museum close by. It provided a closer look at the conditions Irish families had to endure to travel to America. It put names to real people who immigrated.

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Thank George A
Reviewed 18 October 2017

My cab driver recommended this as he dropped me at my hotel. It was worth the small fee for the tour of the boat, which is a replica of an actual famine boat used during the 1840s and 50s. The guide gave great details, and...More

Thank Linda F
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Not really a tour of the boat. You get herded into the hold of the boat (which is a very nice replica of the original) and listen to a 1 hour lecture, standing amongst some cheesy mannequins depicting typical characters/scenes from the original famine ship...More

Thank Reginald_Chung
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Our host was quite engaging in sharing the stories from the ship and it history with parallel stories on ships that did not treat their "customers" well. The oppression of the Irish is sad yet a parallel to many people and cultures.

Thank Gail M
Reviewed 10 October 2017

Visited this ship back in 2008. Great experience - she's a replica of the original ship that was one of the coffin ships' of Irish emigration but this one had another claim to fame - she never lost a single immigrant on any of her...More

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Reviewed 7 October 2017

This tour was very informative and our tour guide even as young as she was did not get stumped by any question she was asked. I wish I was able to absorb all she told us.

Thank sfpjsonger
Reviewed 6 October 2017

We visited with our young kids & their grandmother & everyone came away from their visit having learnt something new about our Irish History. Thank you Ray

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Thank DeniseMcK2015
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Recreation of an actual famine ship. Wax figures are well done. Since this was a recreation of a ship that did not lose any passengers, its history is sanitized, not evocative of the coffin ships with their numerous dead which brought many emigrants to the...More

Thank Shannon H
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Worth a visit for the historic value. The ship is a replica of the original, which was originally a cargo ship but due to the famine and people wanting to go to America they too passengers and came back with cargo. Due to the ship...More

Thank Liz C
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21 January 2017|
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Response from SWilliamsoninVA | Reviewed this property |
It is about an hour long