This museum is amazing from the time you walk in the front door and are greeted by the friendly lady at the desk. You're ushered into a retro looking 1930s theatre to view a film reminiscent of an old newsreel which gives a great history of transatlantic air service and the brief but significant part played by Foynes.
The exhibits are fascinating and many are interactive. The jewel of all the exhibits is a full scale replica of a Boeing 314 flying boat The Yankee Clipper. It's breathtaking. To be able to explore both the inside and outside of it affords the visitor an experience unlike any other. It's also nice that they have flight simulators too that you can try your hand at piloting the aircraft.
The holographic film on the invention of Irish coffee was really well done too. The old control tower and it's great views plus the maritime museum inside it were also a nice touch.
The gift shop has some unique t-shirts and other apparel which are good value for money but we were somewhat disappointed with the other 'tatty' souvenirs that you could buy anywhere in Ireland. More old posters and ads from the golden age of flying boats would have been nice as would other unique items like small models, fridge magnets etc.
The book selection was good too.
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