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“The highlight of any Ireland trip”

Foynes Flying Boat Museum
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Foynes
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Museum chronicling the history of trans-Atlantic airplane travel.
Reviewed April 18, 2013

Have you ever dreamed to fly in a B-314 flying boat? A real one? Foynes Flying Boat Museum makes it a reality. Have a seat in the cockpit or at the Flight Engineer's panel. But it's not the B-314 that makes the Museum visit a must for an Ireland or an aviation enthusiast: it's the displays in the Museum which explain the role of this vital civil Transatlantic base 1937-1945 - the golden aera of the flying boats. As a bonus Maureen O'Hara and Charles Blair (of AEA and Pan Am fame) will be found at every corner throughout the Museum, Maureen O'Hara being the founder patron of the Museum. As a bonus, a Maritime Museum is now attached, explaining the role of Foynes Harbour. A personal highlight was my visit to the original tower, overlooking the flying boat base and the village.

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Reviewed April 5, 2013

This is a good, if somewhat static, exhibition. It is easy to find and parking is normally not a problem. Ask for a concessionary ticket if you are entitled to one. The newsreel-style film at the beginning sets the scene quite well and there is a good flow to the exhibits as one moves from room to room ending up in a realistic mock up of the original Boeing 314. Question: what possesses people to throw coins in the water surrounding the mock-up?
The radio items could do with more and better labelling and more explanations of what the various dials and knobs were for would be a help. And the coils were not lit very effectively to be properly seen and could really be shown to better advantage. However for me the highlight of the museum was the mockup of the Flying Boat itself. No films pictures or cut-away diagrams gives one any sense of the scale of the aircraft. Having been once-upon-a-time a pilot, the huge space allocated to the flight deck surprised me somewhat. Compare that with the cramped conditions in the "office" of today's transcontinental aircraft with their crew of two rather than four!
I attended on a quiet day and this is to be recommended as it can get quite busy during the tourist season.

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Reviewed April 4, 2013

We came for the 40s style cafe, but the museum entrance was so captivating, we instantly bought entrance tickets!

The museum is beautifully curated, highly engaging and there's several hours of wonderful exhibits to enjoy. I particularly enjoyed the fact that the museum does a great job of linking the short flying boat period to other parts of recent history and the different ages of aviation.

A must for any aviation fan - but as there was also a strong focus on the cultural and social aspects, I was also kept interested while my husband was absorbed in the engineering displays. There's also a lovely gift shop.

Well done Foynes Flying Boat Museum. 10 out of 10!

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Reviewed March 27, 2013

As an old pilot, I found the museum extremely enjoyable. The short movie in the beginning captures the fascinating history quite well.

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Reviewed November 17, 2012

This museum at Foynes ticks all the boxes for me; it describes in detail a unique piece of early aviation history and commercial air travel, using a very absorbing audio-visual presentation and easily digestible wall displays. There are also items of equipment like a room full of massive radio transmitters/receivers, plus aircraft models, suits, and memorabilia from the time. Add to this a superb sectional replica of a full-size flying boat, kitted out with the same interior - including cockpit - as the original PAA Yankee Clipper, which you can board and explore and sits on a little makeshift berth in real water! Plus the icing on the cake: a well thought-out holographic story of the origins of the famous Irish Coffee, presented by real virtual actors in a darkened bar. It's a great story and a credit to the creators of this attraction.
The gift shop has a lot of interesting items as opposed to the usual tat, and the cafe is clean with tasty meals at a reasonable price. This is an attraction that should not be missed, and would be worthy of 6 stars if they were available.

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