New Photographic Exhibition Now Open!

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Galway Markets (1870s – 1930s)

Galway City Museum announces a brand new exhibition about the Galway Markets – a much celebrated aspect of life in Galway down through the years.

In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Galway was an important market town where people from the surrounding districts came to buy and sell produce.  On market day cattle, pigs, turf and hay were traded in Eyre Square; vegetables, butter, eggs and fowl were sold on the streets surrounding the Collegiate Church of St Nicholas; fish was available for sale at the Spanish Arch; turf at Raven Terrace; potatoes at the Small Crane and Corrib Terrace and willow baskets at Wood Quay.

This exhibition of photographs and sketches shows the variety and vibrancy of Galway’s markets from the late 1870s to the 1930s.  Galway City Museum welcomes you in out of the cold when you are visiting the Christmas Markets this year, why not drop in and see how they compare to the markets of old.

Two more popular exhibitions Galway & The Great War and Galway GAA: The Three-In-A-Row, 1964-66 will be replaced in early 2019 so the next few weeks will be the last chance for visitors to catch them before they go.

Galway City Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm and admission is always FREE!  For further details visit



Galway City Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday

Visitors will have access to both the ground floor and first floor galleries.  The second floor will remain closed until the new Sea Science exhibition works have been completed.  Admission remains FREE but TICKETS will be an essential requirement. By clicking BOOK TICKET on this page, visitors can choose from one of four daily time slots, 10am; 11.30am, 2pm and 3.30pm. Tickets will need to be presented as a printout OR on your mobile phone at the main entrance.  Visitors are asked to review the museum’s reopening guidelines on Eventbrite when making their booking.

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