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Galway City Museum Dive into Galway’s rich archaeology, heritage and history

Galway City Museum is situated on the banks of the river Corrib on the famous Spanish Parade, close to The Claddagh and Galway Bay. Here, visitors can soak up the archaeology, history, sea science and culture of Galway while also enjoying spectacular sea views.

Visitors to Galway City Museum enter the museum courtyard through the iconic Spanish Arch next to some of the finest remains of Galway’s medieval town wall. The museum is home to two classic symbols of the city; the original statue of Irish writer Pádraic Ó Conaire and a traditional sailing vessel – Galway Hooker, the Máirtín Oliver.

Galway City Museum has three floors of galleries housing a range of inspiring exhibitions. Current highlights include the outdoor exhibition, B+ The West Is Awake (from one West Coast to Another) featuring the work of renowned HipHop photographer, Brian Cross. Indoor exhibitions include This Is The Modern World: Live music posters – Galway 1977 – 1982; MONUMENT; Keepers of the Gael | Caomhnóirí na nGael; Revolution in Galway, 1913-23; The Galway Hooker, and The Claddagh: A Triumph of Unconscious Beauty. These exhibitions invite the visitor to explore Galway’s cultural landscape and learn all about the city’s colourful history.

The museum collects material relating to Galway and its people, past and present. The collection comprises thousands of objects, most of which have been donated by the people of Galway. Part of the collection can be seen on display in the museum. Objects not on display form the reserve collection, kept in the stores. Galway City Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm and Open Sundays from 12pm–5pm from April to September. Admission is FREE! For more information on what’s happening visit www.galwaycitymuseum.ie.

Opening hours
Tues-Sat: 10am-5pm | Sun: 12pm-5pm from Apr-Sep
Business Type
Latin Quarter
Spanish Parade,
Galway City
Phone : +353 (0)91 532 460 View Map
  • -Free entry
  • -Two wheelchairs available on request for any visitor that requires one
  • -Assistance dogs are welcome

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