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– Guidelines for planning your visit during Covid-19 pandemic

 Galway City Museum will reopen its doors on Tuesday 18th May at 10am.  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.  Among the inspiring exhibitions which will be open for viewing are MONUMENT developed in partnership with Galway 2020, former European Capital of Culture; The Corrib: Myth, Legend & Folklore; Caomhnóirí na nGael / Keepers of the Gael and Revolution in Galway, 1913-1923 showcasing recently acquired material relating to Galway revolutionary, James ‘Seamus’ Quirk, killed in Galway in 1920.

The health and safety of our visitors and staff is our greatest concern. With that in mind we would ask you to please take a moment to familiarise yourself with the following guidelines before you visit:

  • Admission remains FREE but TICKETS will be an essential requirement. You can get your tickets online via museum website or via Eventbrite ( Tickets will need to be presented as a printout or on your mobile phone at the main entrance.
  • Group sizes will be limited to six people from a family or social unit. We will not be facilitating larger group bookings such as school groups at this time due to physical distancing requirements. However this will be revised in the coming weeks and any updates will be published on the museum website and social media channels.
  • We will operate visitor quotas to spread the number of visitors throughout the day. When booking their ticket online visitors are asked to choose from one of four time slots, 10am; 11.30am; 2pm and 3.30pm. Visitors are requested to visit the museum within this seventy-five minute slot. This allows us to keep the number of visitors to a safe and manageable level so that all can enjoy a comfortable visit. We would ask that you arrive on time and kindly leave when your time is up so that the next group may enjoy their visit too.  The museum will be closed for lunch (1pm – 2pm).
  • All our visitors are welcomed in person at reception and directed where to go but we recommend you review the route in advance via our website so that your visit can be as safe and satisfying as possible.
  • If you feel ill or are high risk you should stay at home. Visitors displaying symptoms or anyone who has been in contact with others infected by Covid-19 over the past 14 days will not be admitted.
  • Please note, in compliance with national Covid-19 Best Practice Guidelines, your contact details will be taken at reception and stored for 30 days, after which time they will be deleted permanently from our system. The purpose of acquiring this data is to allow for contact tracing should an incidence of Covid-19 be reported at the museum.
  • We regret that we do not currently have the capacity to take coats or bags for storage.
  • In each section of the galleries, we clearly indicate the maximum number of visitors, and we kindly ask that you observe this.
  • Hand sanitising points have been installed at the main entrance and in the exhibition spaces to provide you with hand gels, paper towels and a closed waste bin.
  • Sanitary facilities and contact-sensitive areas such as doors and handles, are thoroughly sanitised several times a day.
  • The exhibition spaces have been given specific routing to avoid contact with visitors walking in the opposite direction. This is also why the entrance and exit to the museum are kept separate. All routes along with the exit are clearly indicated by means of arrows and signs.
  • The rules for social distancing apply in Galway City Museum; our entire set-up is aimed at ensuring that you can comfortably maintain the desired distance of at least 2 metres.
  • Every visitor is required to wear a face mask for the duration of their visit. Our staff will be shielded behind a perspex screen at reception and will wear face masks when in the galleries.

Have a question? Feel free to contact us, Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00 at +353(0)91 532460 or via .

We trust you will adhere to these guidelines in the interest of fellow visitors, staff and most importantly for your own health and safety.

We will aspire to retain, as before, a safe public space but we do need your help. It is challenging to combine social distancing with real experience, reflection and engagement but we did it before, we can do it again. We are excited to welcome you back!

Stay well. Bigí folláin.

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

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