Galway City Museum, Galway

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Monument History Museum
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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  • This Museum had artifacts from the Norman period on the first floor, and a small exhibition on WWI on the second. Also on the second, was a great small summary of the Rising and Gallway's role in it. ...  more »
  • Lovely family friendly and interesting overview with great artifacts of the long storied history of The City of Galway. Thanks Damien!!  more »
  • Well worth a visit. The Galway City Museum takes you through the history of the old city and some about Irish independence. Also explains Galway Hooker, and it is not what you think.  more »
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  • Compact museum, has exhibits on prehistoric settlements in the area. The admission is free. The staff is very friendly and happy to give you tips on other things to do in Galway. I would recommend for a rainy day :)
  • Awesome modern museum to visit. If you start your Galway visit here you will be a lot more knowledgeable before you see the rest of the city! The hooker (boat--I swear) display is awesome.
  • Three floors displaying Galway's history from Neolithic to the Civil War times to today. There's a marine science section at top floor with a submarine and a shadow room. Free entry. You can spend a full day there.
  • Come to this museum to learn about the history of Galway. Very modern and hands on. Great view of the city to be had on the third floor, I believe. Free of charge and excellent toilets!
  • Very impressed, didn't expect much as it was free but I was very surprised. Great place to visit

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Where to stay in Galway

Stay at the center of Ireland's "Most Irish City," Galway City, by booking a hotel or hostel near Eyre Square, from which all city sights are walkable. If you prefer accommodation with more character, stay at a charming guesthouse or bed and breakfast just outside of the center, or look for lodging in the city's Latin Quarter, a bohemian neighborhood lined with cafes, galleries, and pubs. If you want to explore Galway County, book accommodations in the city, since it's a tourism and transportation hub on the West Coast. If you prefer the quiet countryside, seek out small, family-owned guesthouses on the Aran Islands or a cottage on the Connemara Peninsula.
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