For what is arguably a small city, Galway has a rich historical heritage. The museum showcases it in it’s multiple exhibitions that include:
- The DJ Murphy – collection of farm implements.
- Medieval Stone Collection – carvings from 16th century Galway associated to the Tribes of Galway.
- Galway military Artefacts – belongings of the Galwegians who went off to war.
- Claddagh Collection – a model of the Claddagh village, the apron and the shawl.
- Maritime collection – the boat building tools of John Reney.
- The Derek Biddulph Photographic Collection:
- An Art Collection
- The civic Sword and Mace
- The painting collection of Peter Francis Daly
In essence, what the museum lacks in glamour, it makes up for with intimacy. This might well be your first stop in Galway.
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65.76% of people who visit Galway include Galway City Museum in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
36.7% of people start their Galway City Museum visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Galway City Museum
52.16% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Galway City Museum
Great little museum. Really loved the ww1 exhibition and the war of independence almost side by side. Also the pottery from different areas imported from 500 years ago was amazing. Just shows you what Galway could have been if Cromwell didn't destroy the country!
It's free, clean. Shows the history of Galway and changes exhibitions and artworks every so often so it's always fresh. You always see something new. It is also in the centre of town and attached is a eatery with surprising good food for all tastes including vegans. They also have craft beer in bottles to enjoy with your lunch.
Nice place to go just to do something around galway and to learn a bit of history. There's a submarine thing upstairs along with the light up wall and a few other things upstairs thats great for the kids. Can't complain when its all free.
Free is a great price! Interesting exhibits covering very old Galway lifestyle, on to the Great War and Galway/Irish involvement, followed closely by the politics and events surrounding Irish independence, and close things with naval science. Great price, great location, about 90-120 minutes if you read every exhibit.
The museum is right in the city and there are fantastic views from the top display room! Entrance is free which is great if you're a large group/ on a budget. The museum is well run and clean and has a great space for kids (exhibit not always running, check before hand).