Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum

Attractions in Co. Limerick, Ireland

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Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum


The port of Foynes was the fulcrum point for air traffic between the United States and Europe. Between 1937 and 1945 Foynes became the centre of the aviation world. The famous flying boats were frequent visitors, carrying a diverse range of people from celebrities to refugees.

The Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum recalls this era with a comprehensive range of exhibitions and memorabilia. You can travel back in time in our authentic 1940's cinema, while watching our award winning film “Atlantic Conquest” .

The museum features a Radio and Weather Room- complete with original transmitters and receivers. Showcase with BOAC and Pan Am Uniforms and memorabilia, 3D hologram show re-enacting the night in 1943 when Irish Coffee was invented at Foynes. Flight simulators and a special children's section. Step on board the world's only full size replica of a Boeing B314 Flying Boat.

Explore our new maritime museum which portrays the history and personality of the River Shannon from Limerick City to Loop Head at the mouth of the river. The Shannon is a huge feature in the history and mythology of Ireland and this new museum features some of that history.


Foynes Flying Boat Museum is one of those attractions that has to be visited to be appreciated. I visited here in the summer of 2013, not quite knowing what to expect, I came away with my jaw open.I couldn't quite believe that an attraction as great as this could have caught me by surprise.

Being the only aviation museum in Ireland, Foynes has a lot to shout about. The interactive displays were a world apart from any I have seen to date, and with the addition of the new maritime museum, adds to the great value for money a trip here brings. We judge our attractions on a vast array of criteria but value for money and visitor experience are the deal breakers, Foynes Flying boat Museum ticked every box and although I tried, I couldn't pick them up on one single thing! Now that's a Top 100 Attraction for ya!

- Top 100 Review

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