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Foynes Flying Boat Museum
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Foynes
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Museum chronicling the history of trans-Atlantic airplane travel.
Reviewed 8 April 2014

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.

Thank giant1960
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

As a fan of Pan Am history I am part of this venue's somewhat limited target audience, as Foynes was the eastern terminus of Transatlantic "flying boat" service in the late 1930s-early 1940s. I was not prepared for how thoroughly the relatively brief period of time flying boats operated on the Shannon would be explored and presented.

Of course the highlight was being able to explore a full-scale replica of one of these unique aircraft inside and out. About my criticism, if you could even call it that, is that the surrounding buildings, including a roof, make it impossible to get far enough away from the replica to photograph it in its entirety, and the wings are truncated for the same reason.

Definitely worth a side trip from Shannon or Limerick if you have the time, and it and the adjoining maritime museum are a good way to pass a rainy few hours (of which we had many)!

The adjoining pub purports to be the place Irish coffee was invented, which may be an even better incentive to visit for some!

Thank ShiftyNJ
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

I have to say I was not too sure I would enjoy my visit here . How wrong I was it was really fascinating ,very informative and money well spent . All of the party of five enjoyed our visit . We all came away feeling we had learned so much about the history of flying etc. I think people of all ages will enjoy the museum . Things you will come across are a cinema room ,hologram room and a reproduction of a plane and flight simulators .
We also used the cafe on site it was great ,very tasty food ,staff were great ever so friendly .

Thank InvernessLily
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

If you have a fondness for aviation, planes, or just really interesting history, add the Foynes Flying Boat Museum to your Ireland Itinerary.

Located in the original terminal building used during the age of 'flying boats', the museum is filled with interesting exhibits, documents, and photographs. Kids will really enjoy the hands on flight simulators.

The most incredible part of the museum is the full size replica of the Yankee Clipper Boeing 314. It's fascinating to see what flying used to be like- and difficult to not compare it to your flight that brought you to Ireland.

Don't miss a stop in the restaurant for an Irish Coffee. It was first created here in 1943.

Thank Irishgrl_7
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Reviewed 15 February 2014 via mobile

My father in-law was a navigator on the Flying boats. This place is very special to our family. Was told many interesting stories about his trips back and forth over the Atlantic. His name was Philip James Smith.

1  Thank Jack K
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