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Galway City Museum

Galway City Museum

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The museum is one of Galway's most popular cultural hotspots and welcomes over 200,000 visitors per year


Galway City Museum


Centrally located behind the famous Spanish Arch, Galway City Museum (GCM) has three floors of exciting exhibitions engaging visitors in the archaeology, history and sea-science of Galway. The museum is one of Galway's most popular cultural hotspots and welcomes over 200,000 visitors per year. Complimented by The Kitchen Café which looks out onto some of the finest remains of the city’s medieval wall, Galway City Museum is perfectly situated on the banks of the river Corrib. The top floor offers spectacular views of the Claddagh Basin and Galway Bay where city meets sea.

Museum highlights


Highlights of the museum include the Galway Civic Sword and Great Mace. The sword dates from the Charter of King James I in 1610, which granted authority for the carrying of such a weapon before the Mayor. The Great Mace a stunning piece of ornamental silver-work was crafted in Dublin in 1710, and presented to the town by Edward Eyre, Mayor of Galway in 1712. The museum is also home to two iconic symbols of Galway; the original statue of Pádraic Ó Conaire carved by sculptor Albert Power in the 1930s to commemorate one of the greatest modern writers in the Irish language; and a traditional Galway Hooker sailing vessel, namely the Máirtín Oliver which was made especially for the museum in 2006 and hangs theatrically in the museum atrium.

Prehistoric and medieval Galway


Visitors can explore the prehistoric and medieval archaeology of Galway through artefacts and interactive displays on the ground floor with the earliest stone tools dating from 5,500 - 4,000 BC and medieval pottery from all over Europe.

Wartime history


Galway's wartime history is told on the first floor in Revolution in Galway, 1913-1923 and Galway & The Great War. The Revolution exhibition was created to mark the Centenary of 1916 and commemorates the men and women from Galway who played a significant role in shaping the nation. Material relating to the revolutionary period can be seen on display and visitors can view footage from the times and browse the interactive for further information on Galway people, places and memories. A comprehensive guide to the exhibition has been produced in comic format for kids available to download on www.galwaycitymuseum.ie

Galway Hooker exhibition


The Galway Hooker exhibition looks at Galway's unique maritime history while Galway's greatest sporting moments are remembered in GAA: The Three-in-a-Row 1964-66. Sea Science – the Wild Atlantic exhibition is Ireland’s first sea science gallery to have audio and visual displays accessible in both English and as Gaeilge. The interactive exhibition spans a variety of topics including the nature of how tides operate, multi-beam mapping, deep sea exploration and marine life along the seashore. The basic principles of marine science are communicated in a fun and engaging way, using a combination of digital interactive touchscreens, hands-on-exhibits, holograms and high-definition video footage.

Temporary exhibitions


Among the temporary exhibitions planned for 2018 are The Aran Islands by Bill Doyle, Old Salthill by Tom Kenny, Tom Molineaux (1784-181) – the slave who fought his way to freedom by GCM and The Markets of Galway by GCM. More information about these exhibitions can be accessed on the museum website or by emailing the museum, museum@galwaycity.ie

Galway City Museum


Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am - 5pm and Sundays from Easter Sunday to end of September from 12pm - 5pm.
Admission is free.

Galway City Museum

Galway City Museum

Galway City Museum

Galway City Museum

Galway City Museum

Galway City Museum

Galway City Museum

Galway City Museum

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