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Foynes Flying Boat Museum
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Foynes
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum excitingly captures the story of how Foynes became one of the great aviation hubs of the world between 1937-1945. Walk in the footsteps of JFK, Bob Hope, Eleanor Roosevelt & many other dignitaries, movie stars & refugees who landed at Foynes during World War II. Throughout the original terminal building this truly unique story is told by way of original film in a 1940’s style cinema, showcases covering the war years & numerous exhibits on the romantic flying boat era including the chance to board a life size replica of the Boeing 314 Flying Boat. Foynes & the Flying Boats will be forever connected with the invention of Irish Coffee as they combined to give us this uniquely Irish treat. Learn all about this historic event by watching a wonderful 3D holographic show re-enacting this famous night back in 1943 & after why not taste a delicious Irish Coffee in its original home.
Reviewed August 18, 2012

Even though we are not aviation buffs, we found this museum very interesting. The video presentation was well done and the whole experience showed just how far air travel has come. Tea room was good.

Thank jmtjbt
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"early days"
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"aviation history"
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"shannon estuary"
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"gift shop"
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Reviewed August 11, 2012

We went to the Museum as a part of a tour and I was not expecting much but actually really enjoyed this museum. It gave some good history of early days of transatlantic passenger flight and the film and artifacts were interesting. The plane that you can tour really gives you an appreciation for today's air travel even with the current cattle car feel. After the tour they also had a member of our group that had just turned 21 help demonstrate how to make Irish Coffee which was a hoot. If you are in Fornes take an hour and visit this site.

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Reviewed August 11, 2012

I first read of Foynes in a novel and since then wanted to visit and see what it must have been like to fly in the early 20th century. Although not an aviation buff, I found the museum interesting, as was the short film and the recreation of a flying boat. Overall a bit skimpy but you certainly got the feel of what it must have been like to embark on the adventure of flying across the Atlantic in the 30’s. One comes away wondering what might have happened with the development of the flying boat if not for WWII. The small restaurant alongside the museum gives excellent fare at a fair price.

1  Thank Maignon48b
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Reviewed August 8, 2012

We visited the Flying Boat Museum at Foynes by pure chance - luck was surely with us!!

The short video presentation which preceded the visit to the museum was excellent and gave much insight into the history of trans-atlantic aviation and the reason why Foynes played such an important part. The museum consists of many items from the time. The full scale replica of the Boeing 314 'Clipper' was superb and showed what early travel was like.

All told a thoroughly enjoyable visit and all the better because it was unplanned, we have no particular interest in aviation - though we fly frequently - and very nearly drove past!!! As it was lunchtime we had a light lunch which was very good value.

This museum is most certainly well worth visiting.

1  Thank Sionnw
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

Well laid out museum with interactive displays showing the history of the airport at Foynes.
Shame some of the displays not working properly.
Was interesting to go inside the plane to see how it would have been.
Enjoyed the hologram bar showing how the Irish Coffee came about but the exhibit didn't start straight away and we were about to walk out when it finally started.
The coffee shop was good and reasonable prices for an attraction. The fresh baked scones with jam and cream were particularly good.

Thank Viv O
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