Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum Aras Ide, Foynes, Co. Limerick Limerick Gallery/Museum Limerick Heritage/Visitor Centre

Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum

In the heart of Foynes village, located in the original airport terminal building is the award winning Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum.

This museum excitingly captures the story of how Foynes became one of the great aviation hubs of the world from 1937 to 1945.

During the war years the famous flying boats were frequent visitors carrying a diverse range of passengers including military personnel, royalty, celebrities and refugees.

The museum offers a 1940’s style cinema, showcases covering the Second World War and numerous exhibits on the romantic flying boat era including the chance to board a life size replica of the Yankee Clipper Flying Boat.

Our amazing 3D hologram brings you back in time to 1943 and the night Irish coffee was invented in the airport restaurant.

Explore our wide-ranging maritime exhibits and interactive displays depicting life on the River Shannon. The maritime museum looks at the commercial and leisure aspects of the estuary and tells many of the myths and stories connected with the historical river .

The original control tower from the1940’s has been reinstated and offers panoramic views of the majestic Shannon estuary.

The museum attracts over 40,000 visitors annually and was again awarded a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor this year. The quaint and picturesque village of Foynes is nestled along the banks of the Shannon Estuary on the N69, a recommended Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Point.


Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum Opening Times

•    Mid Mar - May 31 9:30am - 5:00pm
•    June 1 - Aug 31: 9:30am -    6:00pm
•    Sept 1 – Mid-Nov: 9:30am - 5:00pm
      (Last Entry 1 Hour Before Closing)


Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum Admission Prices


  • Adults: €11
  • Seniors/Students: €9
  • Children under 14: €6
  • Children under 5: FREE
  • Family Ticket: €28 (2 adults and up to 4 children)

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