Foynes Flying Boat Museum
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Robert B
    New Brunswick, New Jersey8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Irish Coffee and Seaplanes.
    Odd bit of history tucked away in Limerick County, worth the stop. I knew that LaGuardia Airport in NYC had seaplanes flights to Europe but didn't know they went to Foynes. Recreation of a seaplane from the original blueprints. Plus it is where Irish Coffee was invented.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 28 April 2023
  • Dave C
    County Wicklow, Ireland13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Museum you really have to visit.
    Without doubt the most incredible, interesting and unexpected trip to a museum we have experienced. Fintan was amazing, as was the other staff member,(apologies, didn’t get a name) We were blown away by the quality and quantity of items and information. It is a fantastic way to spend a few hours and we cannot recommend it highly enough. The replica flying boat is a sight to behold. The Maureen ‘O Hara section is incredibly well put together and has so many of her own personal items included. I rarely if ever revisit anything, from movies to shows or museums and would, without a second thought would go here again.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Minnou
    United Kingdom384 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic- and not just for Aviation buffs
    Can’t quite understand why this isn’t much better known. It’s a fantastic, well presented museum. It’s really 4 museums- we spent two hours there and could’ve spent longer. The introductory film which gave the history of Foynes as a flying boat centre was extremely interesting, but the piece de resistance must be the (?) replica American Clipper flying boat. There is a nice café where Irish coffee was invented too. Well worth visiting .
    Visited August 2023
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Michael T
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So informative
    Museum is amazing. Well set out and so interesting from start to finish. Clients were absolutely delighted with their time in the museum and the interaction with all the staff. Loved the Irish Coffee presentation by Natalie and really enjoyed their Irish Coffees after
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 6 October 2023
  • ianbeavis
    Los Angeles, California666 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A unique must see museum for any aerospace enthusiast.
    A little out of the way but a wonder with the only Boeing Clipper in the world. You can tour the entire plane and spend ages in the museum 's collection. The history of trans Atlantic passenger flying here is amazing. It is also where Irish Coffee was invented. Make sure you have one
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 October 2023
  • Curious39493939059
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Over 50 tours
    We took a day trip to the Flying Boat Museum. Everyone enjoy the a drink in the Cafe. Then off to the Museum. Natalie was full of good advise on how to navigate the museum for the best experience. And after, while making our Irish Coffee, she continued to entertain us with more stories of the Flying Boats and Maureen O"Hara. We highly recommend taking this tour.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 October 2023
  • Mary B
    Limerick, Ireland25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great experience in Foynes
    We were greeted with delicious hot scones (a group of 50 ladies) and tea or coffee excellent friendly and efficient staff. We then proceeded to the tour which was fantastic. The Maureen O'Hara collection is beautifully displayed. The flying boat brilliant. A great morning was had by all.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 October 2023
  • JoeV314159
    Chicago, Illinois168 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful time for the entire family
    A wonderful multifaceted opportunity for the entire family to explore the history of Foynes – an important corner of Co. Limerick. This recently expanded and updated museum is a fun and interesting way to spend a morning or afternoon in West Limerick. It has something for everybody of all ages. It is officially called the Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum and the title should be expanded to include a reference to it wonderful exhibit featuring film star Maureen O’Hara who was actively involved in the establishment of the museum. After walking through one of the best museum exhibits I’ve seen about the flying boats you are treated to an exhibit based on Maureen O’Hara’s life. The exhibit is really for movie buffs because Maureen O’Hara’s life encompasses decades of films and roles that include an amazing array of famous American actors. Then, you can actually walk through a replica of the awe inspiring Pan American Yankee Clipper which is the only one in the world. You will be amazed at the size and sheer spaciousness this airship afforded for its’ few lucky passengers that included movie stars, U.S. Presidents and the ultra-wealthy. But do not miss two wonderful opportunities after, or before, your visit. First, a meal at O’Reagan’s Restaurant in an informal café atmosphere. They have gluten free options too. And, an Irish Coffee. If you can you should take advantage of the Irish Coffee center where you learn the history and actual taste of the wonderful drink. After all Irish Coffee was invented in the very building.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 October 2023
  • Adventure41757173972
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Foynes Flying Boat museum
    Well worth a visit if you have the slightest interest in aviation history. The replica Boeing 314 is worth the visits alone not to mention the fabulous Maureen o Hara memorabilia. Highly recommend.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 October 2023
  • Aidan W
    Shannon, Ireland357 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see visit.
    10 of us paid a visit to the Flying Boat Museum - today 01/01/2023 - and it was wonderful. Adela was our Guide and not only was she knowledgeable but had an excellent way of telling us about air travel. We also eat there and I had an excellent Toasted sandwich and a generous cup of coffee. After the guided tour, Adela showed us how to make an Irish Coffee. Many thanks Adela, Julie and all the wonderful catering Ladies for a memorable experience.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 November 2023
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Catherine K
Island of Malta, Malta20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Great value for money - beautiful well laid out museum. Very interesting. Can even get into one of the planes and walk around. Beautiful location. Food is lovely in cafe too. Nice little shop
Written 30 March 2024
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Dunyazade
Arlington, VA367 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Fascinating look at the beginnings of trans-Atlantic air travel, complete with a full-size replica of a Flying Boat. Don’t miss the view from the top floor. You don’t need a car to get there, as the bus from Limerick stops right out front.
Written 29 March 2024
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Rosemary H
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Very interesting and informative visit to the Flying Boat museum. I wasn't keen on going but my husband was and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I had no idea about the history of the planes but the exhibition was very well done and even had a mock up of the inside of a flying boat you could go in.. Maureen O Hara married the pilot and there was too much devoted to her but otherwise very good. The area and scenery on the Shannon is interesting too.
Written 24 February 2024
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2CAtravelers
Brattleboro, VT878 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We found this museum to be so interesting in recalling the Flying Boat era. There's a video in addition to all of the exhibits inside. One large exhibit pays tribute to Maureen O'Hara who was married to one of the first flying boat pilots. The highlight of the museum is the full-size replica of a Boeing 314 Flying Boat. It's interior ceiling height is amazing! You can go up to the top floor of the building, which is where the original control tower was located, and look out into the bay where the planes landed. There is a gift shop and a lovely cafe area, both near the entrance. Parking is free just outside.
Written 28 November 2023
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Mayo Exile
Ballinasloe, Ireland73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Well worth a visit - especially the Maureen O’Hara section. The memorabilia and overall presentation is top class. As a movie lover I really enjoyed it.
I’m sure Cong are jealous. Unfortunately they haven’t a museum like this.
The Aviation part was really interesting and I particularly enjoyed going around the “Yankee Clipper” .
Great value for money.
Written 18 November 2023
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Aidan W
Shannon, Ireland357 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
10 of us paid a visit to the Flying Boat Museum - today 01/01/2023 - and it was wonderful. Adela was our Guide and not only was she knowledgeable but had an excellent way of telling us about air travel.
We also eat there and I had an excellent Toasted sandwich and a generous cup of coffee. After the guided tour, Adela showed us how to make an Irish Coffee. Many thanks Adela, Julie and all the wonderful catering Ladies for a memorable experience.
Written 1 November 2023
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Adventure41757173972
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Well worth a visit if you have the slightest interest in aviation history. The replica Boeing 314 is worth the visits alone not to mention the fabulous Maureen o Hara memorabilia. Highly recommend.
Written 30 October 2023
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JoeV314159
Chicago, IL168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
A wonderful multifaceted opportunity for the entire family to explore the history of Foynes – an important corner of Co. Limerick. This recently expanded and updated museum is a fun and interesting way to spend a morning or afternoon in West Limerick. It has something for everybody of all ages. It is officially called the Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum and the title should be expanded to include a reference to it wonderful exhibit featuring film star Maureen O’Hara who was actively involved in the establishment of the museum. After walking through one of the best museum exhibits I’ve seen about the flying boats you are treated to an exhibit based on Maureen O’Hara’s life. The exhibit is really for movie buffs because Maureen O’Hara’s life encompasses decades of films and roles that include an amazing array of famous American actors. Then, you can actually walk through a replica of the awe inspiring Pan American Yankee Clipper which is the only one in the world. You will be amazed at the size and sheer spaciousness this airship afforded for its’ few lucky passengers that included movie stars, U.S. Presidents and the ultra-wealthy. But do not miss two wonderful opportunities after, or before, your visit. First, a meal at O’Reagan’s Restaurant in an informal café atmosphere. They have gluten free options too. And, an Irish Coffee. If you can you should take advantage of the Irish Coffee center where you learn the history and actual taste of the wonderful drink. After all Irish Coffee was invented in the very building.
Written 28 October 2023
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Mary B
Limerick, Ireland25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
We were greeted with delicious hot scones (a group of 50 ladies) and tea or coffee excellent friendly and efficient staff. We then proceeded to the tour which was fantastic. The Maureen O'Hara collection is beautifully displayed. The flying boat brilliant. A great morning was had by all.
Written 24 October 2023
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Curious39493939059
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
We took a day trip to the Flying Boat Museum. Everyone enjoy the a drink in the Cafe. Then off to the Museum. Natalie was full of good advise on how to navigate the museum for the best experience. And after, while making our Irish Coffee, she continued to entertain us with more stories of the Flying Boats and Maureen O"Hara. We highly recommend taking this tour.
Written 20 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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