Galway City Museum, Galway

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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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  • August 17, 2017
    We stopped by the Museum while looking for restrooms. It turned out to be a very fun visit. My wife and I like Museums and we were not disappointed. It was great to see some artifacts and learn some o...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Small interesting museum, free admission which is a bonus. Lots of history. I would recommend visiting here :)  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    I am little bit disappointed with this museum, it is very fancy building but when you are inside, it is small museum and most of the items were taken from National Museum of Ireland. Staff are very ac...  more »
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  • June 16, 2017
    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 :)
  • June 7, 2017
    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.
  • June 30, 2017
    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.
  • May 23, 2017
    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!
  • July 7, 2017
    Very impressed, didn't expect much as it was free but I was very surprised. Great place to visit

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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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