Galway City Museum was originally located in Comerford House and was founded in the late 1970’s. Through the initiative of Galway City Council, Galway City Museum was relocated to a new modern building beside the Spanish Arch on Merchants Road Lower in 2007.
If you would like to learn more about the heritage and culture of Galway City and county, then this museum is ideal for you. Galway City Museum has many items which represent Galway’s fine archaeology, heritage, culture and history. It is home to items that date back to 1610 which are on display for all to see and learn about.
Galway City Museum offers educational exhibitions and guided tours. It has permanent exhibitions that include Galway and the Wars of Empire, Routes to the Past (Pre-Historic Galway), Galway Within the Walls (Medieval Galway), Dance Hall Days, Pádraic Ó Conaire: Man, and Statue and Cinema in Galway. Galway City Museum also runs temporary exhibitions – previous exhibitions include Jack B. Yeats ‘Between Art and Industry’ and ‘Uisce agus Bheatha/Water and Life’.
Galway City Museum has permanent collections on show and these include DJ Murphy Collection, Medieval Stone Collection, Galway Militia Artefacts, Claddagh Collection, Maritime Collection, 19th and 20th Century Galway, Derek Biddulph Photographic Collection and Art Collection of Tiger Lillies.
If the museum itself can’t provide you with enough history then you will be delighted to hear that it is nestled into the walls of Spanish Arch, which has its own historic tale to tell. The museum is also located next to Galway Cathedral and is situated on the banks of the River Corrib which, on a sunny day, provides the perfect atmosphere for you and your family. Do you want to hear the best part about this attraction? It’s free and welcomes anyone through its doors.
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