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Galway City Museum invites you to explore it’s collections, exhibitions and online learning resources. Visitors to the museum can enjoy current exhibition highlights including Keepsakes | Cuimhneacháin; MONUMENT (developed in partnership with Galway 2020, former European Capital of Culture);  Keepers of the Gael | Caomhnóirí na nGaelRevolution in Galway, 1913-23; The Wild Atlantic – Sea Science and The Galway Hooker.

Recipient of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for ten years running Galway City Museum has also secured Full Accreditation status from the Heritage Council’s Museum Standards Programme for Ireland – meeting 34 out of 34 wide ranging museum good practice standards.

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We have many resources that you can use to explore our collections from the comfort of your own home. Check out some new material on the tiles below; visit our past exhibitions; listen in to our podcasts; have a look at our vodcasts and browse some of your favourite artefacts. Enjoy!

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A film by Colm Hogan


This spectacular aerial film footage featuring the stunning fort of Dún Aonghasa on Inis Mór as it has never been seen before, was captured by award-winning photographer Colm Hogan. It was commissioned by Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture in partnership with Galway City Museum for MONUMENT. Visitors to the MONUMENT exhibition can view the full 15-minute film in the gallery’s purpose built cinema.

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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.



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

Galway City Museum opens Tuesday to Saturday from 10am until 5pm.  Admission is FREE!

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