Galway City Museum
Fáilte chuig Músaem Cathrach na Gaillimhe

Calendar of Events

NB: All events are FREE OF CHARGE (unless otherwise stated). Places are LIMITED so BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL! For further information, or to make a booking, please contact (091) 532460 or

To view or download our full programme of events and exhibitions for July - December 2016 click HERE.

October & November

Thursday 27 October, 7pm – 8pm
EVENING LECTURE: Liam Mellows & the Revolution in Galway

In 1915, Liam Mellows was sent to Galway to reorganise the Irish Volunteers. A year later, he led between 500 and 700 Galwaymen during Easter Week. Join Shirley Wrynn (PhD Candidate, GMIT) as she discusses Mellows, his role during the Rising and his escape to Co. Clare and, eventually, the US.

Saturday 29 October, 2pm – 3pm

ILLUSTRATED TALK: Galway, from Medieval Borough to Modern City
Join Paul Walsh, archaeologist with the National Monument Service, for a fascinating insight into origins and development of Galway. A native of Galway, Paul is the author of Discover Galway (2001), co-editor of Archaeological Investigations In Galway City, 1987-1998 (2004) and co-author of Galway c. 1200 to c. 1900: from medieval borough to modern city (2015).
Age 12+

Wednesday 2 November, 11am – 1pm
WORKSHOP: Wonder Workshop for Young Creators

Science educator Lindsay Deely of Toodlelou will take the natural curiosity of your budding young creator, combine it with a dash of learning and a big heap of fun to learn, make, tinker, invent and experiment. A unique afternoon that will bring out the creative explorer in any child.

Ages 8 – 12

Thursday 3 November, 11am – 1pm

WORKSHOP: Science & Art of the Sea
Learn, create, experiment and, most importantly, have fun while exploring the sea with science educator Lindsay Deely of Toodlelou. This hands-on session featuring science, art and tinkering will see young scientists stretch their creative muscles while learning amazing and inspiring facts about the sea.
Ages 8 – 12

Saturday 5 November, 12pm – 1pm
ILLUSTRATED TALK: History of Corrib House

Today a tearoom and guest house, Corrib House is a beautifully-restored Georgian townhouse overlooking the River Corrib and Salmon Weir. Join Carol Flanagan as she traces its fascinating history.
Age 12+

Saturday 5 November, 2pm – 3pm

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, archaeological excavations in Galway City unearthed more than 12,000 sherds of medieval and post-medieval pottery. Join pottery expert Rosanne Meenan as she explains what these fragments (including those from chamber pots) can tell us about life in Galway, c. 1550-1850.

Saturday 12 November, 11am – 1pm
PERFORMANCE/DEMONSTRATION: Polish National Independence Day

Galway, city and county, is home to more than 7,500 people from Poland. To mark Polish National Independence Day (11 November), Fundacja Bardzo Ładnie (Very Nice Foundation) presents a taste of Polish culture at Galway City Museum.
All Ages (no booking required)

Saturday 12 November, 2pm – 3pm
TALK: Women's Working Lives, 1916

In conjunction with
Mná 2016, join labour historian Theresa Moriarty as she discusses how working women's domestic and public lives were being reshaped and re-imagined one hundred years ago.
Age 12+

Saturday 19 November, 2pm – 3pm


Irish waters encompass one of the largest seabed territories in Europe, with more than 22 million underwater acres. Where the shallow continental shelf drops off to the deep-sea, Ireland's continental margin is riven with submarine canyons. Join Dr Louise Allcock, Lecturer in Zoology, NUI Galway, as she discusses Ireland's deep-sea canyon habitats and shares some of their secrets.
Age 12+

Saturday 26 November, 11.30pm – 12.30pm

1916: Ireland in Contemporary Art
was commissioned by art collector Larry Lamb as a way of exploring 1916 and the Easter Rising through contemporary Irish art. Join artist Alice Maher as she discusses the exhibition and her contribution, Remember Me: Scrimshaw on ostrich egg portrait of Alice Milligan, which commemorates poet, theatre producer and activist Alice Milligan (1866–1953).
Age 12+

Saturday 26 November, 2pm – 3pm


Join Marie Bourke
as she discusses how various artists have interpreted the Easter Rising and Great War in paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. The illustrated talk will focus on the fascinating and turbulent period 1900-1916, featuring images sourced from a wide range of private and public collections.