Collections Spotlight – Posters!

Every week we shine a light on a different object from our collections that you may not have seen before.  This week we have a selection of posters acquired by the Museum in 2018. The posters date from the 1970s and 1980s and were used to advertise gigs/events in Galway. This particular selection is for [...]

My Treasured Object

During the first weeks of the Covid-19 Pandemic the Museum saw its doors shut to the public. We moved towards our online platform and focused our efforts on bringing the museum into people’s homes. Museum-from-home initiatives began springing up across Ireland and although the Galway City Museum website already let people browse the collection online, [...]

Silver Teapot

Victorian silver teapot presented by the Galway District Income Tax Collectors - a squat baluster shaped teapot, the panelled body etched with arabesques, engraved, 'Presented to James A Shaw Esq. as a mark of Esteem by the Income Tax Collectors of the Galway District 1863'. Sheffield, 1861, 23oz troy (735g).   Reg.: GCM2019:010 Location: Storage

The Galway Markets

Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, Galway played an important role as a market and fair location for the people of the town and surrounding areas. On various market days, vegetables, butter and fowl were sold on the streets surrounding St. Nicholas’s Collegiate Church, cattle, pigs, hay and turf were sold in Eyre Square, willow baskets and [...]

A Reliquary made by Richard Joyce

An intriguing object on loan to Galway City Museum from the Dominican Sisters, Galway, is a silver eighteenth-century reliquary, complete with a key, containing a human skull.  The reliquary has three glass panels framed in silver with a hinged copper door at the rear.  The base panel is also copper and the reliquary stands on [...]

It’s Competition Time!

Inspired by our new exhibition The Corrib: Myth, Legend and Folklore, we are inviting 3rd to 6th class pupils to research a tale from their locality, to retell it, and illustrate it. Have you seen Galway City Museum's new exhibition The Corrib: Myth, Legend and Folklore yet? Beautifully illustrated by artist Sadie Cramer, the exhibition [...]

For Galway Interational Arts Festival, Galway City Museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am - 5pm, both Sunday's 12pm - 5pm and Monday 18 July, 10am - 5pm.  Admission is FREE!
Galleries close at 4.45pm

N.B. After the festival the museum will resume normal opening times:
OPEN Tuesday through Saturday, 10am - 5pm, CLOSED Sunday and Monday.
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