Press Release – MSPI Award

/Press Release – MSPI Award

Press Release – MSPI Award

MSPI AWARD – Highest Standard for Museums

Dublin Castle 11/07/17

Galway City Museum is one of four museums that have just been officially awarded full accreditation under the Heritage Council’s Museum Standards Programme for Ireland.  Dublin Castle State Apartments, Galway City Museum, Highlanes Gallery in Drogheda, and Rathfarnham Castle achieved the highest standard in recognition of their work in collection care, governance, and visitor care and access.

The Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI), which started in 2006 recognises excellence in caring for collections, museum management, education, exhibition and visitor services.  Speaking at Tuesday’s awards ceremony, Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, said:

“I am delighted to present these awards in this tenth anniversary year for the Museum Standards Programme Initiative. Maintaining and cherishing our museums is of great importance to me and I was very pleased recently to be able to announce funding of almost €135,000 for twenty-three projects around the country under the Local and Regional Museums Funding Scheme 2017.  At a local level there has been great work done to raise the standards of care across Irish museums, and I would like to congratulate and thank all those involved, especially those who are receiving awards here today.”

MSPI assessors promoted by the Heritage Council of Ireland said the following about Galway City Museum:

“The Director has a very impressive staff team to support her and exciting plans for the future, and we are pleased to recommend that Galway City Museum is awarded Interim and Full Accreditation under the Museums Standards Programme for Ireland”

Thanks to all our service users for supporting Galway City Museum over the past ten years. We share this award with you – it will take pride of place at the museum reception where you can see it on your next visit!


ADMISSION: Free |  OPENING TIMES: Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 to 17:00 and from Easter to end of September on Sundays: 12:00 to 17:00 (Exhibitions close at 16:45)


Important Notice: Galway City Museum will reopen its doors to the public on Tuesday 21 July at 10am. In accordance with current national policy on the containment of the Covid-19 virus we are putting in place new guidelines for the museum visit.  It will be imperative that the public revise these guidelines when planning their next visit so that we can manage the Covid-19 threat as much as possible.  More to follow soon on our new booking system. Keep an eye on this website or follow our social media channels for further updates.  If you have an urgent query contact the museum at +353(0)91 532460 or by emailing

We look forward to welcoming you back!
The Museum Team
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