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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 #29 of 281 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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Rochester, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Brilliant! I would say this was my favourite visit whilst in Dublin. Our guide was enthusiastic, full of stories about the Jeanie Johnstons history and the people that traveled on her. As someone not overly interested in history, this sucked me in!

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Montreal, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

The guide was knowledgeable and very friendly! If you are at all interested in Irish history, you will enjoy this short tour.

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england
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74 reviews 74 reviews
11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Recommended this by a work colleague and very pleased we went. John, our guide, ran an excellent tour. He was very patient and managed to convey both the history leading of the famine and emigration. We were left with a good understanding of what the emigrants went through before, during and after the voyage. An additional benefit is that your... More

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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

A really interesting and worthwhile tour, despite the rain! Our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic (despite us being the last tour of the day) and she gave a really good picture of what life would have been like during the famine and for the people traveling on the ships. Would recommend to fellow travelers, especially if you are interested... More

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New Jersey, U.S.A.
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48 reviews 48 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

If you like history you'll love it. If your claustrophobic you won't. Most of the tour takes place in one room below deck which really brings home what tight quarters these people had to deal with. Our guide, Richard, did a great job offering up all kinds of interesting facts and information. Just an hour. Last tour starts at 4PM.... More

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Quebec City, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Only 9€ for an hour guided tour. Paul, our guide, clearly has a passion for history and made the tour emotional funny and information packed. I strongly recommend this attraction to anyone interested in the history of Ireland.

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Poughkeepsie, NY
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Really wanted to see this attraction but unfortunately the last tour starts at 4:00. I ranked it "very good" because a ranking is required. The famine sculptures next to it are very moving.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

This was a very interesting and informative tour. Paul our guide told us many facts and stories and what went on during the Irish famine. There were about 30 of us in the group and it was hard to imagine that the ship could hold up to 200 passengers. Would recommend.

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Ottawa
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This is one of the attractions I was most looking forward to in Dublin. After reading such positive reviews, I was very excited to see a often forgotten part of the past. Unfortunately, I left feeling pretty disappointed and unfulfilled. The ship was amazing on its own, but that was about it. The guide did a fabulous job of explaining... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

It was a good experience, well worth the $8. Tour of the ship was good, learnt about history and got great pictures. Tour guide Paul was simply amazing

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