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ADMISSION: Free |  OPENING TIMES: Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 to 17:00 and from Easter to end of September on Sundays: 12:00 to 17:00

Exhibitions close at 16:45
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Welcome

Ranked the 11th most popular free tourist attraction in Ireland.

Galway City Museum has three floors of exciting exhibitions engaging visitors in the archaeology, history and sea science of Galway. The attraction is one of Galway’s most popular cultural hotspots and welcomes over 200,000 visitors per year. The Museum has been a recipient of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for five years running and the 2016 Expert’s Choice award, ranking it among the ‘highest rated attractions in Galway’.  Most recently we were awarded Full Accreditation status from the Heritage Council’s Museum Standards Programme for Ireland – meeting 34 out of 34 wide ranging museum good practice standards.

Visit and be inspired!

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November 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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Welcome

Ranked the 11th most popular free tourist attraction in Ireland.

Galway City Museum has three floors of exciting exhibitions engaging visitors in the archaeology, history and sea science of Galway. The attraction is one of Galway’s most popular cultural hotspots and welcomes over 200,000 visitors per year. The Museum has been a recipient of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for five years running and the 2016 Expert’s Choice award, ranking it among the ‘highest rated attractions in Galway’.  Most recently we were awarded Full Accreditation status from the Heritage Council’s Museum Standards Programme for Ireland – meeting 34 out of 34 wide ranging museum good practice standards.

Visit and be inspired!

Upcoming Events

Zaduski

November 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

All Events

Featured Exhibitions

Sea Science

A journey to the oceans and it’s wonders. a collaboration between the Galway City Museum and researchers with the Ryan Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway

Galway & The Great War

Look into the bravery and sacrifice of the Irish people on the outbreak of one of the worst events in the history.

Galway & The Revolution

An insight of what started the Irish rising and how it affected Galway and its people.

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Galway City Museum - Galway And The Great War

Galway & The Great War

Look into the bravery and sacrifice of the Irish people on the outbreak of one of the worst events in the history.

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Revolution in Galway 1913-23

An insight of what started the Irish rising and how it affected Galway and its people.

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Galway City Museum - Sea Science Exhibition

Sea Science

A journey to the oceans and it’s wonders. a collaboration between the Galway City Museum and researchers with the Ryan Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway

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Collection
Highlights

Galway City Museum is a repository for objects of cultural heritage related to the city of Galway and its people, past and present. There are over 1000 objects in the collection currently, most of which have been kindly donated by the people of Galway over the past 40 years. Part of the collection is on display and you will see it as you navigate through the museum. Those objects not on display comprise our reserve collection and are kept in our stores.

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Testimonials

Very cool museum

I am astonished about the amount and quality of the information you get in this museum and that for free. I definitely recommend this Museum.

schani353, Vienna, Austria

Loved it!

I am a history nerd so I loved the museum. Unfortunately, I was visiting it with my husband who is not so much into history so I went through it quicker than I wanted to. Regardless, they have a nice collection of artifacts as well as exhibits that explain the long and complicated history of Galway. I believe it was free but we made a contribution. It is in a convenient location too- right near the Spanish Arch.

Eastcoast, Rhode Island

Pleasantly Surprised

My family and I visited this lovely museum and were so happy we did. It is so well laid out and organized and the displays are wonderful and interactive. We really enjoyed the history of Galway during the first and second world wars and would gladly return to see more. Go and see this gem!

Tracey Lamping, Toronto, Canada

An excellent informative museum

The Galway Museum is an excellent facility for both local people and visitors from other countries. I found the exhibits on the past lives of Galway residents including fishing activities to be particularly interesting – their existence was really hard!

St Helens, United Kingdom

Very well organized and informative.

I really enjoyed the exhibits here which tell the history of Galway city. This is a must for families and a for history buffs. As with many cities in Europe, Galway has a long varied history. The exhibits here explain it thoughtfully and thoroughly. On the upper floor is a science exhibit which is one of the best I’ve seen

Kenmare, Ireland

Surprisingly interesting

I live locally and never even considered strolling into here until a friend suggested it. And incredible museum with a comprehensive tour of Galway throughout the years and a fantastic section for children! Would recommend to literally everyone this museum caters to everyone

Ellie D

A good way to spend a couple of hours

I really enjoyed the Galway City Museum. Great building and great views from the third floor. More importantly I learned more about the lead up to Irish independence and the civil war that followed – it is a very well balanced account and shows that the issues were not black and white – well done.

rasenite, Market Rasen, United Kingdom

Good place to learn about Galway

I thought this museum was very informative regarding history of Galway. I wish I had spent more time. The first floor has exhibits and maps showing the historical development of Galway. The top floor had a fascinating exhibit regarding the Irish fight for independence and I learned very much in the brief time I had to look around – wish I could have spent another 30-45 minutes.

TobiasStanley, Syracuse, New York