Galway City Museum
Galway City Museum
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
Galway City Museum is located by the river Corrib close to the Spanish Arch, the Claddagh and some of the finest remains of Galway's medieval wall. Now open for viewing are the exhibitions, MONUMENT developed in partnership with Galway 2020, former European Capital of Culture; The Corrib: Myth, Legend & Folklore; Caomhnóirí na nGael / Keepers of the Gael and Revolution in Galway, 1913-23.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Cheri H
    Colorado18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth your time!
    This museum is well worth at least an hour, or better yet, two hours of your time. Easy location, right by the Spanish Arch and the river. Be sure to see the 15 minute film on the ground floor. I loved the native watercraft and the well Illustrated story of Ireland's rise from the early Celts to the people and places of contemporary times, including some history of the Aran Islands. One caveat; If your eyes are old or vision poor I recommend that you bring your smartphone well charged, in order to read some of the print on the second floor. Some exhibits are marginally lighted. Strong or young eyes will probably be unbothered. I would have given the museum five stars instead of four stars if the lighting up there was better or is improved in the future. Also, be sure to bring small bills in cash, as the suggested donation of five euros is self-serve and there is no change given.
    Thank you so much for this detailed review, we really appreciate it. We are sorry to here the lighting was not satisfactory for you on the second floor. There are restrictions to lighting in certain areas depending on sensitivity of the objects on display but we will certainly review this area again to ensure it is at maximum light permitted. We hope you will visit again soon!
    Written 22 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Stacey Colburn
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Galway
    Wonderful museum with lovely history and fabulous images of Galway. They had a lovely interactive area for kids also. Great location near the river and grassy area to air and enjoy.
    Thank you for the fantastic review, we really appreciate it. Visit again soon!
    Written 22 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Matthew J
    Warrington, United Kingdom360 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Museum!
    We visited the Galway City Museum whilst on holiday in Galway. We found the experience here to be really quite enjoyable. The museum is very informative and there is a good range of exhibitions on offer, despite its surface area not being the biggest I've ever seen. In particular, I liked the biological exhibit on the top floor as this had interactive elements where you could check your pulse rate and do an exercise task - fun! Equally, the museum is very well-kept. All areas, including the public toilets, were nice and clean. We also found the staff here to be very friendly. When we arrived, we asked if we needed to pay to enter. The guy behind the desk was very friendly and helpful and informed us that we did not, although a cash donation would be greatly appreciated. As a result, we decided to donate 10€ to the museum. What would I change? Some of the exhibits were very text-heavy, ie. there were a lot of things to read and not a lot of interaction. But considering the attraction is free, you can't really crib about something like that too much. Overall, if you're in the city, it's definitely worth paying a visit to this nice little museum. Would recommend!
    Thank you so much for this really lovely review, we are delighted that you enjoyed your overall experience at Galway City Museum so much. We appreciate all of your feedback, míle buíochas!
    Written 22 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 20 August 2023
  • urbanguy
    Richmond, Virginia4,901 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well Located, With First Class Exhibits
    The Museum is free and located next to the Galway Visitor Center and near the Spanish Arch. Their exhibits were very well done and presented. If you're going to read most everything, this will certainly take several hours. Most interesting to me was the upstairs exhibit(s), in a rather large hall, of early 20th century Irish history.
    We really appreciate your feedback, thank you! Visit again soon!
    Written 22 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 September 2023
  • Martin T
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well Worth a Visit
    The museum looks very new and is bright and spacious once inside. I fully expected to have to pay an entrance fee but admission is free. I tried to make a donation but this is cash only so suggest they get card facilities for donations. I leaned a lot about Irish history both nationally and locally to Galway there were personal stories to illustrate the events of the early 20th century. Well worth a visit.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to write this great review, we really appreciate it! We note your suggestion re card donations and have plans to introduce this in the very near future.
    Written 22 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 November 2023
  • J P
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic! Must do if visiting Galway
    Brilliant museum with a broad range of displays from modern history, ancient history, art, geology and marine biology and culture. Downstairs is very much like an art gallery, serene and airy with more kid friendly and interactive areas upstairs with some lovely views. Could easily spend several hours here, though worth doing a whistle stop tour if short on time. Entry is free with voluntary donation- they don't currently take cards so remember cash!
    Thank you so much for taking the time to write this fantastic review, it is very much appreciated. We hope you will visit again soon.
    Written 22 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 November 2023
  • Rita
    New York City, New York29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum
    We just wandered upon this strolling around Spanish Arch. What a great museum! It had a great flow and was so detailed & informative. Can’t believe it’s free! Definitely worth a stop for a couple of hours.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 February 2024
  • NANA A
    Melbourne, Australia20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An interesting, well presented museum in Galway
    We enjoyed our visit to Galway City Museum. There are lots of information boards to give an overview of the current exhibitions or to accompany the artefacts on display. We were also able to attend a talk by a local historian while we were there. It's on different levels and a local Galway Hooker fishing boat dominates one area. 'Keepers of the Gael' was an intriguing exhibition about Celtic history and culture. A small museum which uses its space well. The museum is close to the Spanish Arch and beside the Tourist Information Office.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 June 2024
  • Aishling L
    Cork, Ireland71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant facility
    Fantastic visit. Very child friendly also. A suggested donation is small for a great experience. Pity we didn't leave enough time for the top of the building where oceans exhibit was located. Highly recommend visiting.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 June 2024
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Davo60
Sydney, Australia352 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
No charge - but this does not demean the value of the museum. You’ll get a full history of Ireland with some amazing displays and objects. It’s so comprehensive, I would suggest doing it over at least two sessions.
Written 11 June 2024
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Aishling L
Cork, Ireland71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Fantastic visit. Very child friendly also. A suggested donation is small for a great experience. Pity we didn't leave enough time for the top of the building where oceans exhibit was located. Highly recommend visiting.
Written 7 June 2024
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NANA A
Melbourne, Australia20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We enjoyed our visit to Galway City Museum. There are lots of information boards to give an overview of the current exhibitions or to accompany the artefacts on display.
We were also able to attend a talk by a local historian while we were there. It's on different levels and a local Galway Hooker fishing boat dominates one area. 'Keepers of the Gael' was an intriguing exhibition about Celtic history and culture. A small museum which uses its space well. The museum is close to the Spanish Arch and beside the Tourist Information Office.
Written 2 June 2024
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Fietsen1
Encinitas, CA548 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This museum is not huge, but provides ample information to those wanting to glean information on Galway. There is a very cool science/medicine section that sheds light on Ireland's contributions to science and medicine.

The staff is very friendly and helpful. Count on spending about an hour or two here.
Written 10 March 2024
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Rita
New York City, NY29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
We just wandered upon this strolling around Spanish Arch. What a great museum! It had a great flow and was so detailed & informative. Can’t believe it’s free! Definitely worth a stop for a couple of hours.
Written 17 February 2024
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Fuchs Ireland
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
nice place to visit for 2 hours on a wet afternoon in Galway. Some very good exhibits, a hidden Gem and free!
Written 9 December 2023
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lindsey c
Missoula, MT95 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
This is free, and info packed…. But it’s also free so an insane amount of small children running and screaming at the top of their lungs.

Which is apparently acceptable if they are “supervised” (AKA a parent lets them screech it’s OK per staff).

In ANY other non children’s museum in the world “museum voice” and proper etiquette is not only encouraged, it’s enforced. That’s not a thing here. It’s a FREE FOR ALL.
Written 28 November 2023
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J P
West Sussex4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Brilliant museum with a broad range of displays from modern history, ancient history, art, geology and marine biology and culture. Downstairs is very much like an art gallery, serene and airy with more kid friendly and interactive areas upstairs with some lovely views.

Could easily spend several hours here, though worth doing a whistle stop tour if short on time.

Entry is free with voluntary donation- they don't currently take cards so remember cash!
Written 18 November 2023
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write this fantastic review, it is very much appreciated. We hope you will visit again soon.
Written 22 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Martin T
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The museum looks very new and is bright and spacious once inside. I fully expected to have to pay an entrance fee but admission is free. I tried to make a donation but this is cash only so suggest they get card facilities for donations.

I leaned a lot about Irish history both nationally and locally to Galway there were personal stories to illustrate the events of the early 20th century. Well worth a visit.
Written 3 November 2023
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write this great review, we really appreciate it! We note your suggestion re card donations and have plans to introduce this in the very near future.
Written 22 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Travel 360
93 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Free museum with nice displays on locals through history, the Aran islands, the ocean life. Near the Spanish arch. Friendly staff!
Written 3 October 2023
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Thank you for your feedback, it is very much appreciated. We are glad to hear you had such a positive experience and we hope you will visit again soon!
Written 22 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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