Galway City Museum, Galway

(3.9/5 based on 460+ reviews on the web)
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. Make Galway City Museum a centerpiece of your Galway vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Galway itinerary maker.
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  • A free museum which teaches you lots about the history of Galway and the Republic of Ireland. That was combined with lots of great little artefacts. We really enjoyed reading about the history of Galw...  more »
  • A must do when in Galway. Just under the iconic Spanish Arch lies this great museum. Its neither to large or too small. Great information on the costal links between Galway and Europe which go back hu...  more »
  • Pleasantly surprised by this free museum tucked behind some restaurants and the old city wall! The exhibits were informative, with subjects ranging from pre-historic Galway to the 1916 uprising. There...  more »
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  • Small with little on display. Some decent views through the windows upstairs. Good place to bring kids. They should love the top floor and the suspended boat along the way.
  • A quick stop for some history of the town of Galway. Interesting artifacts from the area and the upstairs contains the temporary exhibits. A great (free) way to spend an hour.
  • Some harsh reviews here for what is, let's not forget, a free museum doing their best with very limited funds. The modest size is not their fault and they are trying harder than ever to be relevant. Try to go and support these Guys...
  • It's quite nice, especially the newer upper levels! Has elevator access
  • Cafe inside is great but for the love of God will they please bake more than three scones a day! They run out every day!