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“Come fly with me”

Foynes Flying Boat Museum
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Foynes
Certificate of Excellence
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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 6 April 2018 via mobile

Nicely run, small but very interesting museum. Well done in a limited space, very clear historical facts with some great exhibits. The flight simulator is great and the model of the flying plane was brilliant.
Nice restaurant attached, staff very friendly also.

Thank Isaac G
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"early days"
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"aviation history"
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"shannon estuary"
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Very nice museum about the golden age of flying, takes you back into the 1930s and 1940s when the UK and the US were competing for long range flights with flying boats. Also teaches you about how the small town of Foynes ties into this history. Starts with a short c10 min film and then you are free to explore the museum. Probably took about 45-60 minutes to go through.

Thank Matjus M
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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

Very well worth the stop for a few hours. Fascinating History well told using exhibits, posters & film in an ideal setting where you amble through at your own pace. Very friendly & informative staff are an extra bonus. There is an on-site cafe/snack bar & souvenir shop.

Thank milliekk
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

Tucked away nto this tiny town is the Flying Boat Museum, which offers an interesting view into that magical time of the flying boats of the late 1930s. The museum tour starts with a 10 minute film and ends with a walk about of the tower. The museum and tower are the original terminal and tower when Foynes was THE seaport for the flying boats coming in from and taking off to America. A must for aviation buffs and for any traveller through Foynes

Thank chris k
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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

This is a good example of what a museum should be; smart, compact, easy to understand, and well thought out. Even if you don’t think you are interested in flying boats it’s just a great museum that won’t overwhelm, but interest you in the people who got flying boats from this small village to the USA. Lovely cafe and a little gift shop add a final finish.

Thank Andrew A
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