Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum, Dublin

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Considered a living history museum, Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum recreates the experience of 19th-century emigration for the modern-day public. This ship is a copy of the original three-masted barque construction of John Munn, which was built in Canada in 1847. The original ship carried many emigrants affected by the Great Famine to North America. The replica, created in 1993, serves as an event space, training vessel, and museum. Visit the port to discover more about the ship's historical significance. Put Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum into our Dublin vacation trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Caution slippery if visiting in the rain! Once on the boat, it's very dark, a passionate but guide history is too long. Not recommended for very young children.
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  • Really good to go on boad, even if its not the original boat, but you did get a sense of what life was like aboard a ship like this. lovely Guide who answered all questions that was thrown at him  more »
  • The day after St. Patrick's day we decided to go on an excursion to the famous ship. and it was the right decision. In the small museum ship, but very interesting and amazing story, but much to expect. If anyone has a spare time and who knows English (i.e. to the tour only in English), I advise everyone to visit.
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  • Cool museum about the Irish famin and the history of a boat who carried many Irish to a better world.
  • One of the must do's in Dublin. Our tour guide was very informative without sounding like a college lecture.
  • Great tour! Very helpful staff.
  • Literally the best thing about our trip to Dublin. It's not just that it's cool to go on a real working replica tall ship. (Perhaps some may actually be quite critical and dissatisfied that the ship is not in pristine condition or that perhaps there isn't a huge variety to see below decks. If you were just let in on your own for a bit - yes.) But what absolutely makes this attraction is the staff. For an hour they skillfully take you on a journey back in time and you really begin to feel and understand just what the Irish famine-driven immigrants experienced on the "coffin ships" on their way to America... And Jeanie had a fascinating story in this chapter of history. The ship is a bit out of the way and I'm not sure how many people know about it. We were in a very relaxed group of about 12 people. But it's partially money from our tickets that keep Jeanie afloat for now. She really deserves a full visitor centre and more fame. I could not believe that such a beautiful ship and key part of Irish history was almost lost until the council finally took over her ownership. Long may it continue. This is a more "real" piece of history than all the museums in Dublin. Advance booking highly recommended as places can run out on the hourly tours.
  • Nice tours, can learn a lot, interesting inside decor.

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