Galway City Museum

Spanish Parade, Galway

Galway City Museum is located on the banks of the river Corrib overlooking the famous Spanish Arch and some of the finest remains of Galway’s medieval wall. The top floor offers spectacular views of the Claddagh and Galway Bay where city meets sea along the Wild Atlantic Way. Three floors of exhibitions engage visitors in the archaeology, history and sea-science of the region and special temporary exhibitions are programmed throughout the year.  

Current exhibitions at Galway City Museum include: Keepers of the Gael, Culture and Society in Gaelic Ireland, 1200 – 1600 ADRevolution in Galway, 1913-1923 documenting Galway’s participation in the revolutionary events that shaped the nation and The Galway Hooker exhibition exploring the unique history of Galway’s coastal communities.  Sea-Science, The Wild Atlantic is an interactive exhibition on the top floor which investigates maritime life along Galway’s coastline through fun and informative displays for all the family. Other museum highlights include a life-size Galway Hooker sailboat hanging from the ceiling and the original statue of renowned Irish language writer, Pádraic Ó Conaire. 


New exhibitions for 2020 include travelling exhibition, A Forgotten Polish Hero of the Great Irish Famine: Paul Strzelecki's Struggle to Save Thousands from the Polish Embassy and Monument a partnership project with Galway 2020.  

The Strzelecki exhibition is presented by the Polish Embassy in Dublin and will run until the end of March 2020.  It explores the fascinating life and achievements of Paul Strzelecki, one of the great humanitarians of the nineteenth century, whose contributions to Irish Famine relief have yet to be widely known and commemorated.  Count Paul (Pawe?) Strzelecki, a world-renowned Polish explorer and scientist, volunteered to work in Ireland to combat raging Famine over a three-year period (1847-49) as the main agent of the British Relief Association (B.R.A).  For more on this extraordinary story visit the exhibition at Galway City Museum or see  

Galway City Museum is the lead partner on the major new Galway 2020 MONUMENT project. With a primary focus on the stone forts of Aran, this innovative project investigates some of Europe’s most impressive stone monuments located on some of Europe’s smallest islands. 

The project presents these monuments and works with the scientists and scholars who have investigated them – focusing on what has endured and what has been lost. It engages with Islanders to gain greater insight into their peripheral perspectives; the richness of their languages and unique cultures and to develop a greater understanding of the lasting impact of these monuments in these communities and in the national consciousness.

Artists and makers have responded to the monuments and the islands, to the archaeological landscapes, the culture and the communities by creating unique works of art and craft.

The primary output of this project is a multidisciplinary exhibition illustrating the archaeology; architecture; craft and design; cultural landscape, tangible and intangible heritage; construction; sustainability; and social history associated with the monuments and the islands.  This exhibition will be open for viewing on Saturday 18th April 2020.

Contact Us

Galway City Museum
Admission Rates
Opening Times
Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 to 17:00 and from Easter to end of September on Sundays: 12:00 – 17:00

Closed on Mondays

Exhibitions close at 16:45
- Kitchen Café
- There is full access to all the galleries and there are two wheelchairs available on request for any visitor that requires one.
- Ongoing Workshops.