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NEW Exhibitions at Galway City Museum

Surrounded by Stone, Galway 1100 BC – AD 1750


Silver Mace head against a stone background

This exhibition features the story of the iconic stone monuments that mark Galway as a place of rich artistic and architectural vision and tradition from 1100 BC to AD 1750.

It explores the striking design and craft sensibility that saw a range of remarkable buildings – from the stone forts on the Aran Islands, to the early church and monastic sites, to thecarved stone buildings of the medieval city of Galway – appear across the rural and urban landscapes.

Bearing witness to the imagination, skill and talent of these artists and makers, the exhibition also presents important objects associated with these monuments from the prehistoric finds at Dún Aonghasa on the Aran Islands to the more ornate objects from medieval Galway City, displaying the wealth of the merchant families.


Aran Island Life: The Ritchie-Pickow Collection


Saol Oileán Árann

The Ritchie-Pickow Collection, initially acquired by the University of Galway in 1996 under the guidance of Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, Emeritus Professor of History at the University, provides a unique window into the work of Jean Ritchie and George Pickow during their visit to Ireland between 1952 and 1953. Comprising over eighteen-hundred photographs and sound recordings, the collection captures notable figures such as Seamus Ennis and sean-nós singer Elizabeth Cronin, and includes photographs taken all over Ireland.  See full exhibition.


Biodiversity at Merlin Park Woods (Outdoor Exhibition)


Bithéagsúlacht ag Coillte Pháirc Mhuirlinne

Over the last decade, wildlife photographer and local environmentalist, Colin Stanley has produced a large catalogue of wildlife photographs from around Galway City. A founding member of Friends of Merlin Woods, his photographs have featured in the Irish Wildlife Magazine, a Galway Butterfly Project species identification poster for the Heritage Council, and various wildlife publications.  This exhibition features a rich collection of the flora and fauna of Merlin Park Woods.



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