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Galway City Museum

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Address: Galway City Museum Spanish Parade, Galway, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 91 532 460
10:00 - 17:00
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Interesting museum highlighting the local area

This is a small, free of charge local museum that highlights the Galway region and offers information and displays going back many years in the region. Its relatively small and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 October 2016
Poway, California
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Poway, California
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77 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is a small, free of charge local museum that highlights the Galway region and offers information and displays going back many years in the region. Its relatively small and well laid out and can be experienced within 1-2 hrs. Its close to many hotels and just down the street from the Quay Street shops and restaurants.

Thank Chief1797
Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

With friendly and extemely helpful staff, the Museum provided us with a morning well spent. The temporary exhibit of Contemporary Irish Art dealing with Centennial themes was outstanding. The more permanent collection gives insight into present day Galway. We were particularly impressed with the efforts made to please visitors of all ages. Great for families.

Thank Carol W
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

This free museum covers the entire history of the city from its earliest inhabitants who arrived at the end of the last ice age, 8,000 years ago, with impressive stone and iron artefacts on loan from the National Museum. The relevance of "the tribes" and the adjacent Spanish Arch is explained, the reliance on the sea described, and the upheavals... More 

Thank TimDiggle
austin, tx
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

This cool little museum, located right near the Spanish Arch is an oasis of calm after negotiating the shopping area of the Latin Quarter of Galway. It essays the history of Galway and environs in interesting ways. And did I mention that it is entirely FREE?

Thank trawicki
Reading, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

4th time in Galway. First time in museum. Very close to our hotel (Jurys) It was free. Small and easy to see everything. Saw 1916-2016 Anniversary art and historical memorabilia. Also great interactive exhibit of ancient Galway and "present". Great way to wait out a "little rain"!

1 Thank AlwaysGalway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Very informative and interesting of the local history. Well laid out displays. Good for a rainy afternoon.

1 Thank Aquariusfalls
Sweet Home, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

The Spanish Parade (Arch) drew us to this excellent museum with an authentic "Hooker fishing craft" on display as you climbed up to the 2nd floor. Many displays also were focused on the 100th anniversary of the Irish uprising. This experience was not only well done but a compact history lesson. Don't forget to have lunch at the adjacent café... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Entrance is free and we spent 2 hours going around this museum. Some interesting historical exhibits can be found. The place was pretty empty so it appears that not many tourists know about it. There is also a café on the ground floor.

1 Thank Kozwotsit
Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

A great little museum with some very modern exhibitions outlining the history of the town. There was a series of free concerts on while we were there, which were great

1 Thank Dodger52
Norwell, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

We visited here and found it informative on the history of Galway and of sufficiently compact size to see relatively quickly. Still, it wasn't that interesting that it goes on the must see list. Certainly if you have time you should go, however.

Thank BeantownBilly

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