Galway City Museum
Galway City Museum
4.5
Monuments & Statues • History Museums
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10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
12:00 - 17:00
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Galway City Museum is located by the river Corrib close to the Spanish Arch, the Claddagh and some of the finest remains of Galway's medieval wall. Now open for viewing are the exhibitions, 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, 1913-23.
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  • Jack Wilmith
    Dublin, Ireland110 contributions
    Nice and contemporary museum
    A great place to spend an hour or two during a visit to Galway, and excellent value! Admission is free of charge which makes it even better- I've been to museums that charged quite a lot for a much poorer exhibit. The museum is divided into two main sections, the Irish Gaelic History and Sea Life. The former tells you a lot about the early history and the way of life of the early Irish tribes, giving much more information on the matter than any other museum in Dublin. The latter section tells a bit on the way the local people's lives are interconnected with the sea. That part of the exhibit is highly interactive, children will love all of the touchy-feely switches, knobs and levers. Well worth getting there while in the city centre
    Thank you sincerely for taking the time to write this review and for the great recommendation. We are delighted to hear you had such a positive experience at Galway City Museum and hope you will visit again soon. Stay up to date with museum developments on our website and social media platforms.
    Written 22 February 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2020
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 January 2020
  • Mary Q
    2 contributions
    Highly recommended
    An excellent museum combining national and local history. Great exhibits and plenty of written materials to explore on each floor. A sensory area is available for children needing a quiet space and there is a lift. Pre book for a timed slot. The museum closes a number of times during the day to allow cleaning between visitors (September ‘21) Very friendly and helpful staff. Donations are welcome - €5 is recommended so remember to take some cash as they don’t take contactless donations just yet. Thank you for a lovely visit today.
    Thank you sincerely for leaving such a great review, we really appreciate it. The sensory space is a recent addition to our Monument exhibition which was developed in partnership with Galway 2020, former European Capital of Culture. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed it. Hope to see you again soon!
    Written 28 October 2021
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2021
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 September 2021
  • Cheri H
    Colorado8 contributions
    Well worth your time!
    This museum is well worth at least an hour, or better yet, two hours of your time. Easy location, right by the Spanish Arch and the river. Be sure to see the 15 minute film on the ground floor. I loved the native watercraft and the well Illustrated story of Ireland's rise from the early Celts to the people and places of contemporary times, including some history of the Aran Islands. One caveat; If your eyes are old or vision poor I recommend that you bring your smartphone well charged, in order to read some of the print on the second floor. Some exhibits are marginally lighted. Strong or young eyes will probably be unbothered. I would have given the museum five stars instead of four stars if the lighting up there was better or is improved in the future. Also, be sure to bring small bills in cash, as the suggested donation of five euros is self-serve and there is no change given.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 July 2023
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66 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Free museum with nice displays on locals through history, the Aran islands, the ocean life. Near the Spanish arch. Friendly staff!
Written 3 October 2023
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Alan P
Liskeard, UK4 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
A fascinating museum with very varied and engaging displays. Not boring cabinets with endless artifacts but AV interactive displays and information boards and a few artifacts. They covered many subjects from medical technology through Irish independence to social history in the 12th century.
Written 30 September 2023
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urbanguy
Richmond, VA4,591 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
The Museum is free and located next to the Galway Visitor Center and near the Spanish Arch.

Their exhibits were very well done and presented. If you're going to read most everything, this will certainly take several hours.

Most interesting to me was the upstairs exhibit(s), in a rather large hall, of early 20th century Irish history.
Written 24 September 2023
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Maureen A
Birr, Ireland32 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
Fantastic journey through the history of Galway and Ireland, superb exhibits, great staff, very helpful
Written 13 September 2023
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Tamara W
Charlottesville, VA15 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
This was an amazing little museum with a great take on history and the future. Highly recommend this as a stop on your visit as it is right in the city centre and worth you time and is free!
Written 22 August 2023
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Matthew J
Warrington, UK356 contributions
Aug 2023
We visited the Galway City Museum whilst on holiday in Galway.

We found the experience here to be really quite enjoyable. The museum is very informative and there is a good range of exhibitions on offer, despite its surface area not being the biggest I've ever seen. In particular, I liked the biological exhibit on the top floor as this had interactive elements where you could check your pulse rate and do an exercise task - fun!

Equally, the museum is very well-kept. All areas, including the public toilets, were nice and clean.

We also found the staff here to be very friendly. When we arrived, we asked if we needed to pay to enter. The guy behind the desk was very friendly and helpful and informed us that we did not, although a cash donation would be greatly appreciated. As a result, we decided to donate 10€ to the museum.

What would I change? Some of the exhibits were very text-heavy, ie. there were a lot of things to read and not a lot of interaction. But considering the attraction is free, you can't really crib about something like that too much.

Overall, if you're in the city, it's definitely worth paying a visit to this nice little museum. Would recommend!
Written 20 August 2023
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Stacey Colburn
4 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
Wonderful museum with lovely history and fabulous images of Galway. They had a lovely interactive area for kids also. Great location near the river and grassy area to air and enjoy.
Written 9 August 2023
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Cheri H
Colorado8 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
This museum is well worth at least an hour, or better yet, two hours of your time. Easy location, right by the Spanish Arch and the river. Be sure to see the 15 minute film on the ground floor. I loved the native watercraft and the well Illustrated story of Ireland's rise from the early Celts to the people and places of contemporary times, including some history of the Aran Islands. One caveat; If your eyes are old or vision poor I recommend that you bring your smartphone well charged, in order to read some of the print on the second floor. Some exhibits are marginally lighted. Strong or young eyes will probably be unbothered. I would have given the museum five stars instead of four stars if the lighting up there was better or is improved in the future. Also, be sure to bring small bills in cash, as the suggested donation of five euros is self-serve and there is no change given.
Written 30 July 2023
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David K
Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States62 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Very nice museum with many separate exhibitions and ideas that give a feel for Irish life and culture with emphasis on Galway region. Very interesting couple of hours for those interested in the people who make up this part of Ireland.
Written 12 July 2023
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Cheryl M
61 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Light and airy museum with lots of displays and artifacts. I learned more about the Celtic/Gaelic background and the Ireland war for independence.
Written 9 July 2023
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