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Galway City Museum has re-opened to the public once again!

Admission remains FREE but visitors will now require a ticket for their visit. Tickets can be booked online by visiting and will need to be presented either in printed format or on mobile phones at the main entrance to the museum. The number of visitors will be strictly controlled and those attending will have to adhere to correct social distancing and health and safety protocols to ensure that everyone can enjoy the exhibitions in a safe and comfortable environment.

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For Phase 1 of the Museum Re-Opening Plan visitors will be granted access to the GROUND FLOOR only which is now home to two brand new, never-before-seen exhibitions; the much anticipated European Capital of Culture Galway 2020 MONUMENT exhibition and the captivating display on The Corrib: Myth, Legend & Folklore, both of which are promised to enthral and entertain!


This major new exhibition is presented by Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture and Galway City Museum as part of the cultural programme. With a primary focus on the stone forts of Aran, and on Dún Aonghasa in particular, this innovative exhibition investigates some of Europe's most impressive stone monuments located on the continent's smallest islands. MONUMENT is a multidisciplinary exhibition platform. It represents a collaborative process that brings together agencies, institutions and individuals representing the archaeology, architecture, craft and design, cultural landscapes, tangible and intangible heritage, construction, sustainability and the social history associated with the monuments and the islands. Assisted by the National Museum the exhibition will feature previously unseen material from the 1990s archaeological excavations at Dún Aonghasa. MONUMENT will also feature specially commissioned craft pieces by some of Ireland’s most respected makers.

Curated by Eithne Verling, Director of the Galway City Museum and Sybil Curley, the project has been inspired by the three themes of the ECOC Galway2020 programme; Landscape, Language and Migration.

"Our vision for the exhibition blends digital, physical and tactile experiences to tell this story in a manner that we hope will entertain, inform and delight audiences of all ages." Eithne Verling and Sybil Curley, Co-curators of MONUMENT.

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The Corrib: Myth, Legend and Folklore

This is a new exhibition, curated by Brendan McGowan of Galway City Museum, featuring specially-commissioned artwork by Sadie Cramer, which explores some of the old myths and stories about the lake, river and bay and sets them in a broader context. Lough Corrib, the largest lake in the Republic, is connected to Galway Bay by a short and powerful river. This exhibition can also be enjoyed as a walking tour and visitors are encouraged to take the specially designed Myth, Legend and Folklore Tour brochure with them as they leave the exhibition so they can visit each site associated with the stories presented.

"The sound of the River Corrib as it rushes towards Galway Bay is, and always has been, the soundtrack to life in Galway. This beautifully-illustrated exhibition, and accompanying walking trail, explores some of the myth, legend and folklore that the river and bay have inspired over the centuries. After visiting, you will never look at them the same again!" Brendan McGowan, Curator.

The Museum and its staff aspire to retain, as before, a safe public space but they will need help from the public. It will be challenging to combine social distancing with real experience, reflection and engagement but they are up for the challenge if you are. They look forward to making new meaning and memories with you in the future!

Book your ticket today by visiting For any further information contact or phone +353 (0)91 532 460. Stay posted on future developments by following Galway City Museum on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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