Galway City Museum, Galway

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History Museum · Monument
Discover Galway's past at Galway City Museum, where objects from pre-history to present day fill the galleries of this coastal complex. The maritime industries that helped build the city take a place of honor in the museum's exhibits. Because farming was another way of life that influenced the city, a collection of farm equipment shares space with industrial artifacts. Admission to the museum is free, and its location on the seashore next to the Spanish Arch makes it a good stopping point on a walking tour of the city and coastline. Add Galway City Museum to your Galway travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Galway online route planner.
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  • Lovely little museum right beside the harbour and next to Spanish Arch. Lots to see and interesting for all ages.  more »
  • I spent a fascinating 2 hours learning about both Galwegian and Irish history. The displays are beautifully curated and some are interactive. You can see it all in a short afternoon and this is time.....  more »
  • The first floor is on the history of Ireland, from medieval time to the present. I am very interested in the medieval history display. The second floor is about natural science and the sea, which is.....  more »
  • This was so much fun. Visiting family, we were able to spend quite a while walking around. There's so much history packed into this building! In addition to all of the really cool artifacts, the building itself is also pretty gorgeous. There's a great view of the canal from the top floor! The aquarium in the top floor is also adorable and worth checking out, especially if you have kids.
  • Some nice exhibits here and some interaction for the kids. A few of the interactive displays were not working however. Nice place to visit. Cafe on site but be prepared to wait for a table as it's always busy.
  • I really enjoyed my visit to the museum. For such a small city this museum had plenty of interest. Loads to keep the kids entertained with interactive media etc. Good section on the Easter Rising for local history
  • No cost necessary. The museum has a great variety of information detailing life in galway from the stone age to the modern fishing industry. Main exhibits were about feudal life and the fight for independence. Could easily spend an hour or up to 3 if you're interested in reading everything available. There is a lunch spot adjacent but we didn't try it.
  • I was incredibly surprised by this museum.Very interesting museum. Nice variety of stuff. Unbelievable that it's free. Really worth a look

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