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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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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 September 18, 2014 NEW

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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Culnady ,Northern Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

As part of a cultural weekend,we visited the Jeannie Johnston Tall Ship with a group of 13 female teenagers.They thought that Richard the tour guide was excellant. He explained the history of the famine concisely and with great enthusiasm. He was also able to hold the attention of all the girls. They all commented on how they thoroughly enjoyed the... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This is how I like to learn about history. The guide was very informative and I learned a lot about the impact of the famine on Ireland's population -- how it declined sharply, not only through deaths, but also because many emigrated as a result of the hopeless economic and political situation at home. He also told us a lot... More

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Liverpool
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

If this was about 3 euro then it would be great. It is a fascinating ship to go on (it is a re creation of the original boat). The guide is clearly very knowledgable and presents the history in a very engaging way. Let's hope it can get going on the sea again we would like to see it come... More

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County Clare, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

Very interesting little museum. Guide was very informative + chatty. All laid out in a clear manner. Tour takes about 1hr max. Don't forget to visit Famine Memorial on the quayside.

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 via mobile

Lots of history here. And Richard tells it well. So many Irish came to north America as a result of the "great hunger". I was telling Richard about my own research regarding Irish immigration to the Spanish Caribbean. Catholic Spain welcomed thousands of Irish (and other European) immigrants to Puerto Rico with the "Royal Decree of Graces of 1815" Spain... More

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This ship attraction was interesting. I thought it was a working ship to take a sail, but it remained docked at the port. It was very historical and informative and our narrator was outstanding - she detailed the famine in Ireland and the occurrences that happened on the ship, as well as the historical impact afterward. The ship was dark... More

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The JJ is one of the best attractions in Dublin for people interested in history or just the general culture of Ireland, since the Famine was such a pivotal turning point. The current JJ is a replica of the original, which was the only 'coffin ship' which never lost a single life transporting emigrants to the New World, because of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Richard the guide made the tour come alive, his passion and enthusiastic approach was fabulous...really well presented, definitely worth doing if you're in Dublin for a visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

If you have any Irish blood in you, the Jeanie Johnston ship will make an impact on you. The experience brings you face-to-face with what the Irish people endured during the potato famine of the 1840's - it brings tears to your eyes. The beautiful story of how this ship was made as an act of compassion and how it... More

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