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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 #23 of 218 Attractions in Dublin
Type: Museums
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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.
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Bolton
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Would recommend this, my husband not too sure but the enthusiasm and knowledge of the excellent guide changed his mind. She made the whole thing come alive and was very interesting.

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Thirsk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

We came here as a bit of a spur of the moment decision to fill in time before heading back to the airport....very glad we did!! We turned up for the 11am tour and were the only people on it so got our own personal tour which was great! Lots of work going on on the ship at the time,... More

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Atherton, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This is a great experience, giving insights into life aboard the coffin ships taking emigrants to the Americas in the 1840s. Our guide was very knowledgeable, approachable and clearly loved her work. Highly recommended if you have any interest in Irish history and the Famine

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Atlanta, GA
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25 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This is a replica ship that can actually sail. The groups are kept small so that everyone can be seated below deck while life on a ship like this is described in detail. There is enough information given to keep everyone interested and makes learning a bit of history worthwhile.

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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34 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This was an unexpected treat - it was included in our Dublin Pass and I'd recommend it to all travelers regardless of age or interest in history. The connection to Irish History, American History, and just seeing the ship herself and those creepy mannequins will keep everyone engaged (it did for me, my wife, 12 year old boy and 9... More

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Great part of history of Ireland, the famine and immigration. You get a very small glimpse of what it was back then to cross the ocean in search of a new life...you'd have to go thru hell before, cruises were not as...funny as today. Pouah ! Note to the guide : speak a little louder especially in the wind.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Worth every cent in admission; great tour guide - learnt untold about the trials and tribulations of these poor souls who were trying to escape famine and find a better life for themselves and their family.

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Holland Township, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

My mother was born and raised in Dublin before emigrating to the United States with my father. The tour guide was excellent. Very moving and touching to see what they went through to make a better life for themselves. Very impressed that not one person died on the ship and a miracle that a Doctor was on for every journey... More

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Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Our guide was amazing! He was so passionate about the Jeanie Johnston and her history is was worth every penny we spent on the tour! One of the best tours we went on in Dublin! The guide's knowledge and stories made this so worth while! I'm glad we went on the tour and might even do it again when I... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

An enthusiastic and knowlegeable guide telling the harrowing story of the emigration of so many Irish people to the USA and Canada whilst showing the conditions on board the 1/3rd replica ship. It does seem incredible that there is no funding to make this ship a training ship for the young people of Ireland. Look at the statues near the... More

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