Foynes Flying Boat Museum
Foynes Flying Boat Museum
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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
    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
    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
    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
    9 contributions
    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
    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
    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
    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, Illinois158 contributions
    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
    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, Ireland356 contributions
    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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cjhartley
Limerick, Ireland38 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
The newly refurbished museum is a wonderful experience and having the opportunity to walk through the plane is so special. I’ve done this experience a few times and always loved it. The Maureen O’Hara exhibition is great and I got a lovely photo of myself and my baby with her Oscar. However I was served by a very unfriendly woman with what seemed to be an American accent today and she all but ruined the experience for us.

We were there as my mother is 70 today and wanted to go so we were all in great moods until I approached the desk to get my ticket (I was late as the baby was asleep). The woman in question ignored me initially then was abrupt and rude. Then at the end of our time there she watched our every move in the gift shop as I result I decided not to buy anything there. Overall a very enjoyable time but that staff members actions mean I will not recommend it to anyone. Very disappointed.
Written 27 September 2023
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Camper29662403467
3 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
Great friendly staff,lovely museum with an amazing video and artafacts 10/10 would highly recommend and go again
Written 23 September 2023
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Traveler49585085554
Dublin, Ireland4 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
So much to see and do, We had an amazing day here and highly recommend it . Lifts to all floors allowing those with limited mobility access to all floors.
Written 11 September 2023
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Minnou
United Kingdom384 contributions
Aug 2023
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 .
Written 23 August 2023
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Dave C
County Wicklow, Ireland13 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 19 August 2023
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Belinda M
County Cork, Ireland19 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
The interactive space was wonderful. I was blown away by how engaging all the aspects were especially for small children...this is not just for adults.
Written 26 July 2023
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John F
Listowel7 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Simulators not working, cinema not working, hologram not working, machine taking entry fee working perfect. Very disappointed 😥
Written 21 July 2023
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Ariane D
1 contribution
Jun 2023 • Couples
It was a great experience, tho part of the museum is closed, we still had a great time. Forgot the name in the reception bit she’ really helpful.
Written 5 June 2023
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Jim B
Grapeview, WA1,377 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Although the museum was closed for remodeling, we were able to visit the replica of the Boeing 314. It was amazing to walk through and see what it was like to travel overseas by air back then. As a pilot, I especially enjoyed visiting the flight deck upstairs and seeing how massive it was compared to today's aircraft.
Written 9 May 2023
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Robert B
New Brunswick, NJ8 contributions
Apr 2023
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.
Written 28 April 2023
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