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Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum

Custom House Quay, Dublin, Ireland (South City Centre)
+353 1 473 0111
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Ranked #25 of 276 attractions in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Laura led us on an hours tour of this ship giving graphic information onto the plight of the famine victims and their struggle aboard this vessel to reach a better life. It had us spellbound as she described the conditions aboard and the fight for families to be reunited in America. Good value for money at less than 10 euros.... More

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Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I have always wanted to see a tall ship so this was a great opportunity. I loved hearing the stories and I have such an appreciation for what those poor immigrants went through. There isn't much of a tour really. You are gathered on top deck as a group and then you make your way to the main sleeping cargo... More

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Athy, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Our children had a blast on board the Jeanie Johnston, they learned lots about the Famine without even realising it. Myself & my husband also really enjoyed the tour.

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The ship tells the story of how those Irish emigrants took the risk to travel to USA for a better life. Most emigrants took the risky and harsh journey because they had nothing to eat due to the famine at that time in Ireland. I learnt that quite a few millions Irish people either died or left Ireland as a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We visited on a day mixed with sunshine and dark brooding skies. With only about 24 people on board it was stunning to think that up to 250 people were transported (willingly or not!) in this manner. Paul was a skillful storyteller which made the past come alive despite the dubious mannequins on display. With a family connection to the... More

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Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

Very informative especially if u have interest in this time period. Guide is good, and it allows u to feel what the Irish went through, although this is a replica which has some modern additions.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Ship itself is quite small and not so unique. However tour is fantastic: a lot of interesting information and it's quite interactive. It would be even better if you are Irish-American.

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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Don't miss the Jeanie Johnston when visiting Dublin. The tour was excellent, led by an extremely knowledgeable and passionate guide and gives a glimpse into this sad part of Irish history. One tip - if at all possible book your tour time ahead, we arrived, having run, hoping to get the 11.00am tour only to find it was full (space... More

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Denver, Colorado
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Since all I've ever heard about coffin ships and the famine have been ever so sad and truly depressing, this tour offers a new insight into humanity and renewed faith in understanding and appreciating the human condition. A real "must" if you have time to explore and come to realize there were wonderful human beings at the Irish time of... More

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Bellevue, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Regarding the Irish famine and the many people that left the country because of it, one could read about it. However, being on this ship and hearing the story from an excellent guide really made a big impression on us. Strongly recommended!

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