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“Awesome chunk of history”

Foynes Flying Boat Museum
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Foynes
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sad that all that is left is a replica but so glad they put this museum together. It is a great part of history and not everyone is aware of it. Enjoyed the Irish coffee demonstration and the sample.

Thank GranCate
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Concentrating on a little known part of aviation history ... the role of flying boats as a mode of commercial passenger aviation ... we spent an enjoyable couple of hours there. A really good film set the scene, and then we moved through the museum reading about lots of different aspects of flying aeroplanes including their role in the war years. The replica of the flying boat was brilliant.

The maritime bit of the museum was small but interesting but I cannot recommend the restaurant attached to the museum which was pretty ordinary.

Thank Jane J
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our tour of the Foynes Flying Boat Museum. It is a guided tour by lovely knowledgeable curators. It means much more when you are given the back story for the items on display. The plane itself is quite amazing. We also very much enjoyed the Expert Irish coffee demo. A lovely experience.

Thank Shirley W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What’s this we thought?

Pulled into the parking lot, paid our admission and discovered a great little piece of aviation history.
The phenomenon of the global flying boat service only lasted about ten years and the Foynes museum does an excellent job of presenting that history, along with great local color.

Would recommend to anyone with an interest in aviation.

Thank Tom G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A fantastic history to the flying boats of old sitituated on the n69 foynes port town offers a great look into the history and tour of the historic events of the first ever landing of a flying boat in Ireland.

Thank baldyman12018
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