This museum is housed inside a working replica of the 19th-century Jeanie Johnston, a tall ship that carried Irish emigrants to North America on 16 journeys undertaken between 1847 and 1855. Tours of the re-created interior reveal what the transatlantic passage was like for those fleeing the devastation of the Great Irish Famine.
The Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum can be visited only as part of a guided tour. Visitors learn about the original vessel and the construction of the replica ship, and guides take participants below deck to show the cramped living conditions endured by the ship’s passengers. Some Dublin sightseeing passes also include a tour of the Jeanie Johnston.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum is a must for travelers with an interest in Irish history.
- Book a tour in advance to secure a spot at your preferred time.
- The ship is not wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum is docked at Custom House Quay on the north bank of the River Liffey. Ride the Luas Red Line tram to George’s Dock. The ship is less than five minutes’ walk from the station.
When to Get There
Tours take place six times daily between April and October, and four times daily between November and March. During the peak summer months of July and August, book in advance to reserve your spot.
Delve into the History of the Great Famine
Upon exiting the Jeanie Johnston, walk west along the riverfront for a few minutes and you’ll reach the Famine Memorial, a series of bronze sculptures that represent the starving Irish citizens forced to emigrate during the Great Famine. Next to the Jeanie Johnston is EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, which traces the stories of the 10 million Irish people to have left Ireland for foreign shores, including more than a million who fled the famine.