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The museum hosts an eclectic mix of permanent and touring exhibitions spanning a range of interests. Exhibitions include ‘Routes to the Past’ (Prehistoric Galway); ‘Galway Within the Walls’ (Medieval Galway) and ‘Pádraic Ó Conaire: the Man and the Statue’. The travelling exhibition ‘Hair Hurling Balls’ is on loan from the National Museum of Ireland until April 2016.
Special exhibitions featuring in 2016 include, Revolution in Galway, 1913-1923, Galway & the Great War and Sea Science. Visitors can soak up Galway's maritime history in The Galway Hooker exhibition and re-live some of its greatest sporting moments in GAA: The Three-in-a-Row 1964-66. Prehistoric and medieval Galway can be explored through artefacts and interactives on the ground floor. The Museum boasts amazing views of the Claddagh area where the river Corrib meets Galway Bay.
You’ll also find ‘SeaScience’, an exhibition that explores marine life along Galway's coastline through fun and informative displays for all the family; and ‘Lawrence's Galway’, a series of old photographs courtesy of the National Library of Ireland featuring Galway in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The Galway City Museum is one of the most popular free tourist attractions in the West of Ireland, expected to exceed 160,000 visitors in 2015!
- The Padraic O'Conaire statue - a Galway icon
- A Galway Hooker - traditional sailing vessel
- Galway Civic Sword dating from the Charter of King James I in 1610 and the Great Mace, crafted in 1710
- Spectacular views of the Claddagh and Galway Bay
- Interactive 3-D model of Medieval Galway
Open Year Round
Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sundays (Easter Sunday to September) 12:00 - 17:00
Closed: Mondays (and Sundays from September to Easter Sunday). Closed December 23 - 29 inclusive and on January 1.
Last admission: 16:45
Approx. visit duration: 60 to 80 minutes
Admission is free
Other Useful Information
Free paper leaflets available in Irish, English, French, German, Spanish and Italian.
DINING / REFRESHMENTS
The Kitchen Café on-site serves a range of refreshments.
Paid car parking and coach parking nearby. Two disabled spaces are operated by the Museum at the Long Walk side.
Fully wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets.
Group rates available (minimum 20 people). Pre-booking required.
ACCOLADES & AWARDS
- Earning a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 4 years consecutively.
- Bank of Ireland Opus Architectural Award 2006
Galway City Museum is located in the Spanish Parade in Galway City Centre. Entrance is through the famous Spanish Arch.Galway City Museum Nearby Attractions
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