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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 217 Attractions in Dublin
Type: Museums
Owner description: Rated as one of the most popular attractions in Dublin, a visit to...
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Type: Museums
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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Bergen, Norway
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172 reviews 172 reviews
29 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

My family thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Laura, the guide, is genuinely interested and knowledgable about history in general and the Irish in particular. The time of the famine was a horrendous period for the Irish and Laura engaged with the visitors and provided plenty of insight. Highly recommended to take this tour while in Dublin.

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Dublin, Ireland
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27 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

I have to confess I didn't g into this Ship, but my daughter (11) did with a school trip. She enjoyed it so much, that I almost feel qualified to write a review. The actors transport you to the hardship of the passengers that cross the Atlantic back in the day. It was build to celebrate the millennium and I... More 

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Sydney
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11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I knew very little about the famine, and within an hour our tour guide Laura managed to give us a detailed backstory, along with the story of the ship and others similar to it. She was able to include many interesting facts along with recount the stories of some of the passengers. Would definatly recommend :)

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Dublin, Ireland
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31 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Well worth it to give this exhibition an hour or two. Its very engaging and the location is excellent for parking.

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Bolton
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

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

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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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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56 reviews 56 reviews
34 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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