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Fáilte chuig Músaem Cathrach na Gaillimhe   Welcome to Galway City Museum

Pádraic Ó Conaire Statue
Views from Galway City Museum
Map of Galway City from 1610
Galway Hooker

Welcome to Galway City Museum

The Museum is a spacious, modern building, situated in the heart of Galway city on the banks of the River Corrib and overlooking the famous Spanish Arch. It houses a variety of permanent and touring exhibitions representing Galway's rich archaeology, heritage and history.

SUMMER OPENING: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm
& Sunday, 12pm to 5pm. Closed on Monday.


Recent News

Podcasting the Past

Since October 2013, Galway City Museum has been running a Thursday evening lecture series covering a wide range of themes relating to the history and heritage of Galway.

These fascinating and engaging talks by specialists in their fields, included Galway slave traders in the Caribbean by Dr. Orla Power, TCD, traditional boat songs of the west coast by Dr. Ríonach Uí Ógain, Director of the National Folklore Collection, UCD, and the Galway writings of John Millington Synge by Prof. Patrick Lonergan, NUI, Galway.

A selection of these popular talks were recorded as podcasts and are now being made available for download, free of charge, on iTunes. To listen to the poscasts click HERE.

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Galway - Within the Walls

Image courtesy of the Dept. of Archaeology, School of Geography and Archaeology, NUI, Galway and the National Museum of Ireland A Portugese Faience vase* found at Quay St, Galway and dated to 1600-1650 features in the Galway - Within the Walls exhibition

Little is known about Galway prior to the 12th century. Galway first appears in recorded history as the place where Toirdhealbhach Ó Conchobhair, king of Connacht erected a fortification at Bun na Gaillimhe (the mouth of the River Galway).

In 1230 the Anglo-Norman Richard de Burgo fought with Gaelic Irish at Galway but was forced to withdraw. Richard returned in 1232 and built the first stone castle in Galway. Richard's son Walter is credited with establishing the walled town at Galway having granted the citizens their first mural charter c. 1270, which allowed them the right to levy tolls on goods to finance the building of the town walls.

This exhibition tells the story of life in medieval Galway and its residents, in times of fortune and strife. It features a large selection of archaeological artefacts found in the City in recent years.

*Image courtesy of the Dept. of Archaeology, School of Geography and Archaeology, NUI, Galway and the National Museum of Ireland

Cinema: Galway Goes to the Pictures

This exhibition looks at one hundred years of cinemas in Galway from the very first venue in 1911 to the proposed development of an arthouse cinema in 2011.

The people of Galway remember 'going to the pictures' and their stories are told through film, photographs, artefacts and a colourful display of cinema posters. Highlights include John Ford's Director's Chair used during the filming of The Quiet Man in 1952 and a Projector lightbox from the old Claddagh Palace cinema (1975-1995).

The art of film-making, the science of projection and the business of running the many cinema venues in Galway relied on people from all walks of life. As part of the People's History of Galway Project this cinema exhibition explores the role played by cinema in Galway's social life.

Visit Galway City Museum for more on Cinema, Galway goes to the pictures.