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“The best hour I spent in Dublin”

Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum
Ranked #47 of 575 things to do in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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 the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel.
Reviewed April 10, 2014

I was expecting a tour of a tall ship, however it was much more than that - I was taken more than 150 years back in time, learning about the famine and why so many people of Ireland had to leave home.
Real lives of those who traveled on the ship were recounted - where they came from, where they ended up, where their descendants are now, etc. It was a most entertaining history lesson -the best hour I spent in Dublin over two days.

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Reviewed April 8, 2014

A fascinating insight about Irish emigrants leaving for a 'better' life. There were 8 of us in total on the guided tour which lasted approx 1 hour. I found the Tour Guide welcoming, informative and engaging, I have come away from this ship remembering more facts than most places i have visited in Dublin. The tour started on deck which then moved below deck. Here we could see the condition the Emigrants would have slept/lived in. Listening to the tour guide you notice the history about this vessel is still a work in progress and they are continuing to find new information about it which is great! I would highly recommend the Jeanie Johnston, its well worth a visit when in Dublin.

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Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful ship, very interesting to learn about history of the famine etc... I enjoyed the visit. Free with dublin pass.

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Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

We only had a couple of days in Dublin but we found this to be the most interesting tour. Tour guide excellent and really interesting story about the original ship and the famine of 1845-50.

Thank Camilla H
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Reviewed April 5, 2014

Recommend this spot for the historical information of the departure from Ireland during the famine. My emotions were easily tapped into what it was like.

Thank Jillthetravellover
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