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Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum
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Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum Tour in Dublin
Ranked #34 of 531 things to do in Dublin
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Owner description: 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 Jury's Inn Hotel.
Blackwood, United Kingdom
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“Very disappointing”
Reviewed 17 November 2013

Our visit was on November 14 2013 at 11.00 and were in a group of 12. We walked to the ship and the first thing that was said is that the ship was a replica of the original. We were taken to one room below deck where there were several dummies dressed in clothing of the period. The anti-charismatic guide!!! then started telling us stories about different passengers that emigrated and seconded a few of the party to play act those passengers. The whole "tour" was spent in this one room and was a complete and utter a waste of time from start to finish. If you want a good tour whilst in Dublin, visit Kilmainham gaol.

Visited November 2013
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Durham, New Hampshire
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“Don't miss it/them”
Reviewed 2 November 2013

After several trips to IRL, we finally made it to the famine ship and memorial on the Liffey. The memorial sculptures are beautiful and haunting, underwritten by the famous (Daniel Day-Lewis, etc) and not so famous. The figures of a few people represent the millions affected by this tragedy. IRL has never fully regained its pre-famine population.
The ship is well done, with a respectful presentation. The guide was knowledgeable in his history and most welcoming. To my surprise, I was the only Irish-American on our tour!
Highly recommended to anyone with even the least interest in history.

Visited October 2013
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed 29 October 2013 via mobile

Really good trip very historic and extremely interesting. The chap running the tour is really good 10\10. He tells a really good story. Worth the visit

Visited October 2013
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Sao Paulo, SP
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“An informative and moving 60 minutes”
Reviewed 18 October 2013

Get to know more about the ships that carried thousands of Irish immigrants to countries like the United States, Canada, Australia and England. A guide tour takes us inside the ship where we learn about the historical context that motivated these mass emigrations, as well as a bit about some members of the crew and passengers of the ship. Unlike most of the other (coffin) ships that carried these desperate and starving people, Jeanie Johnston never lost a soul onboard, which is quite remarkable given the times and the health status of the passengers. The tour guide explains the factors behind this success. Prepare to be moved by the narration.

Visited October 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“hauntingly beautiful”
Reviewed 15 October 2013

To begin with, this is a double whammy...the ship & the famine memorial just up the street. Do NOT miss either one. The sculptor so wholly captures the human emotion in the faces of the memorial, it will take you aback. The ship tour is very interesting, and our guide was amazing. Great way to spend an hour or two.

Visited October 2013
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