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Galway City Museum
Galway City, Co. Galway
Family friendly
Rainy days
Free to visit
Galway City Museum, Spanish Parade, Galway City is situated on the banks of the river Corrib, close to The Claddagh and Galway Bay. Here visitors can soak up the archaeology, history and culture of Galway while also enjoying spectacular sea views.

Visitors to Galway City Museum at Spanish Parade, Galway City, enter the museum courtyard through the iconic Spanish Arch next to some of the finest remains of Galway’s medieval town wall. The museum is home to two classic symbols of the city, the original statue of writer Pádraic Ó Conaire and a traditional sailing vessel or Galway Hooker, the Máirtín Oliver.

Galway City Museum has three floors of galleries housing a range of inspiring exhibitions. These exhibitions invite the visitor to explore Galway’s cultural landscape and its historic relationship with the sea.

The museum collects material relating to Galway and its people, past and present. The collection comprises over 1,000 objects, most of which have been donated by the people of Galway. Part of the collection can be seen on display in the museum. Objects not on display form the reserve collection, kept in the stores.

Tips from locals

Whether it's a tour, a talk or a workshop, find the one that matches your interests amongst the many events hosted by the museum.

Contact details
Spanish Parade, Galway, H91 CX5P, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 1 to 2 hours here.

More to discover at Galway City Museum
The Spanish Arch

The Spanish Arch was built in 1584 and is located on the banks of the river Corrib, on the site more commonly known as Ceann na Bhalla (The Head of the Wall).

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