Travel back to the 1930s and ’40s, when Foynes played a pivotal role in establishing commercial transatlantic passenger flights. Learn the history of Flying Boats and the diverse range of people who arrived and departed from Foynes through our comprehensive collection of historical and interactive exhibits and memorabilia. We’ve brought these stories to life for our visitors since 1989, right here in the original Foynes Airport Terminal Building.Book Now
The Main Exhibitions at the Foynes Aviation Museum
Board the only B314 flying boat replica in the world. All the commercial flying boats landing in Foynes featured upscale amenities, but the B314 had true ocean liner luxury. ...Learn More
Meet pioneers of aviation, like John Alcock, Arthur Brown, and Charles Lindbergh, and get acquainted with early experiments in transatlantic flight. We also display Captain C...Learn More
This exhibit includes many gems of the museum’s aviation collection, showcasing how Foynes was at one time the epicentre of commercial aviation. Pan American Airways, B...Learn More
Radio And Weather Room
Two of the main services operating in the original terminal were radio and meteorological operations. This room contains original radio equipment used during the flying boat ...Learn More
The War Years
Most flying boat activity took place during the World War II. This section presents touch screen and text panel accounts of life in Foynes at the time and Ireland’s role in t...Learn More
Challenge yourself to fly the B314 in our realistic flight simulators. They provide an illuminating experience of what it was like to pilot a flying boat. Safe flight!Learn More
360 Degree views of the village of Foynes and the Shannon Estuary from our reinstated control tower.
Travel back in time in our authentic 1940s-era cinema. Here you can watch our award-winning film “Atlantic Conquest,” compiled from original footage.Learn More
Celebrities Who Visited Foynes
There is a strong hint in the journalist’s report in the Daily Telegraph, 5th July 1944 that Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister, travelled through Foynes by flying boa...Learn More
What Our Visitors Say
Loved it. Great family day out.
We loved the viewing platform and enjoyed all the history of the place. A big new extension being built so will come back when that open.
It’s a full day visit with lots to see. Lovely staff, superb history and the only Boeing 314 Clipper replica in the world! If you have any interest in the history of the flying boats from Pan American Airways and BOAC, you should make the visit… you won’t regret it!
A lovely & warm welcome, this is an incredibly worthwhile visit. The museum is well & logically laid out with something to suit all ages. I read a book set on a flying boat years ago & couldn’t figure out it could be so until today – it’s huge & very interesting.
Fascinating history lesson and the replica flying boat is extraordinary. Well worh a detour to see this museum and lean the story of the flying boats.
The River Shannon—Abhainn na Sionainne in Gaelic—is Ireland’s longe...Learn More
Thanks to the generosity of Maureen O’Hara’s grandson Conor Beau Fi...Learn More
Irish Coffee Centre
Foynes and flying boats are closely connected to Irish coffee, play...Learn More
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In 1989, our patron Maureen O’Hara cut the red ribbon to officially open our museum. We are proud of our achievements since those early days and look forward to many more successful years ahead. Thanks to everyone for their support over the years.