Foynes Flying Boat Museum

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Foynes Flying Boat Museum
4.5
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The Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum excitingly captures the story of how Foynes became one of the great aviation hubs of the world between 1937-1945. Walk in the footsteps of JFK, Bob Hope, Eleanor Roosevelt & many other dignitaries, movie stars & refugees who landed at Foynes during World War II. Throughout the original terminal building this truly unique story is told by way of original film in a 1940’s style cinema, showcases covering the war years & numerous exhibits on the romantic flying boat era including the chance to board a life size replica of the Boeing 314 Flying Boat. Foynes & the Flying Boats will be forever connected with the invention of Irish Coffee as they combined to give us this uniquely Irish treat. Learn all about this historic event by watching a wonderful 3D holographic show re-enacting this famous night back in 1943 & after why not taste a delicious Irish Coffee in its original home.
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1-2 hours
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Sean M
Kilmacanogue, Ireland1 contribution
Really interesting
Aug 2020
Great fun, the whole family loved it, has something for everyone, flying boats for the men and Maureen O Hara outfits for the ladies.
Written 12 November 2020
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Jim Burke
Tralee, Ireland1 contribution
Day out
Aug 2020
a treat and a half, we were blessed with the good weather on the day so it always helps, had a bite of lunch before venturing into the museum, my sister was visiting from the uk with her kids and was surprised at just how much fun we had at the museum, it took at little convincing to get them there but we had such a great time, the lady on reception Jennifer I think was most helpful and it was lovely to be met with such enthusiasm and knowledge. FairPlay to everyone for this fab attraction
Written 22 August 2020
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Climber568455
1 contribution
Ireland at it's best
Aug 2020 • Family
Really enjoyed our day out at the museum, the lady on reception was a pleasure to deal with and most helpful, the lunch we had afterwards was fab, would definitely recommend
Written 22 August 2020
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Sinead H
1 contribution
Family rate not given
Aug 2020 • Family
I never leave a review normally but really felt the need this time. Disappointing to have been asked to pay 54 euros for 2 adults and 3 Children under 15. Have visited before so we knew it was a good museum but just couldn’t justify the entrance fee this time. Genuinely taken aback having been touring Ireland in the last couple If weeks haven’t felt like this about any other attraction and have been accommodated in the family rate. Lovely experience in the restaurant. Flying boat museum a family is a family even if two of the kids are in secondary school .....student rate is for university.
Written 22 August 2020
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Marta D
7 contributions
Great day out
Jul 2020 • Family
Very interesting spot, lovely staff, loads of information provided, my son was mad about it, loads of car park and easy to find, also nice playground just next to it
Written 14 August 2020
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davidharcourt
Newtownards, UK121 contributions
Great museum
Aug 2020 • Couples
We last visited several years ago, before the Maureen O'Hara exhibits were added. There is plenty of information in the introductory film, and interesting artefacts from the time when Foynes was the centre of the universe. The outdoor viewing is currently unavailable due to COVID restrictions.
Written 14 August 2020
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Tara C
Dublin, Ireland13 contributions
Flying high in Foynes
Aug 2020 • Family
Didn’t know what to expect from this museum but it surpassed any of our expectations especially our reluctant teenagers!
The mix of video, TV footage and voiceovers and posters have a terrific overview of the aviation industry and the important role that Ireland played. The added element of the link with Maureen O’Hara adds some glamour!
Highlight was the Yankee Clipper
Tasty lunch in restaurant sitting outside in the ☀️
COVID-19 protocols were very well signed and implemented by well trained staff throughout the experience
Written 12 August 2020
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letterK
Ireland249 contributions
Well worth visit
Aug 2020 • Family
Fascinating history lesson and the replica flying boat is extraordinary. Well worh a detour to see this museum and lean the story of the flying boats.
Written 12 August 2020
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MrsS
5 contributions
Definitely worth a visit
Jul 2020
Can't decide between the replica flying boat itself or the lovely display of Maureen O'Hara memorabilia - both were excellent!
Written 7 August 2020
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Pet G
Beirut, Lebanon12 contributions
Avoid , not a save place, poor service, old , smelly
Aug 2020 • Family
Photos on Web looks interesting but it's in fact very disappointing. Lady at reception was very unhelpful. Place is old and fill of dust , dump and a strange smell. Electric lamp actually health hazard, could cause ford as well.
Don't go there
Written 6 August 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
We’re disappointed to receive such a negative review regarding your visit to our award-winning museum which welcomes over 50,000 visitors per year. The museum is housed in a historic building, hence, the 1940s theme and décor. The building is ‘safe’ and is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected daily. If you take the time you will read the many comments complimenting our excellent staff, food, and hygiene standards. The lamp you mentioned became loose when pulled from its frame and once notified by a helpful visitor it was promptly fixed.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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