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. Add Galway City Museum to your Galway travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Galway online route planner .
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  • My wife and I had some time to burn before checking into our hotel in Galway. We stopped in this wonderful city museum. The exhibits and displays were so interesting that we ran out of time and decide...  more »
  • Excellent museum. I could have spent a half a day there! The staff were very friendly. It’s located on the water. Very informative museum!  more »
  • With a bit of time in your hand luggage here certainly has the right address--you shimmy up along the history of Galway and also partially across Ireland through the Museum, which is in very appealing. Earlier sea research across the Atlantic again interactive sections follow besides a beautiful view on the River Corrib and the city. One or two of this "try it yourself out" elements unfortunately not properly worked, but that has done nothing off the whole. ;)
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  • Had lunch sitting out side 2 weeks ago lovely 1st visit really great food in restaurant great atmosphere! Returned today Sunday 8th it was like we walked in to a different place! Will no be back for quite awhile! Love the Museum so much more could be done ! Hive of activity down there!
  • We had breakfast at the Kitchen cafe here and I can say with confidence it was one of the best meals I've had in Galway. After a big night out, this breakfast had a miracle to perform and it did so in great fashion. I had the Kitchen Fry-Up - served quickly and perfectly cooked. The treacle brown bread was out of this world and if I could have bought a loaf to take home, I would have.
  • It's very varied so there's lots of interesting things to look at for different ages, and it's a good way to spend some time, it being free makes it even more worth visiting, but we did feel that there was a lot of writing and not enough interaction to keep it exciting. A good place to learn though.
  • A wonderful little museum with a fantastic restaurant in it. Walking around the museum gives a little taste of so much of the region. From the Galway Hooker boat that is inside, to Iron Age tools and arrowheads, to even older items this museum has a fantastic dose of history. Then upstairs there is moving exhibits, as well as collections of art, and poster and movie paraphernalia from times past. Cap it all off with a lovely view of the Quay from the corner window, and you have yourself a lovely little day at the museum!
  • Quick and informative experience. Learning the history of Galway only helped further my enjoyment walking around the historic city. Not to mention there aren't many free museums where you can look at neolithic artifacts, learn about the ocean, and be guided through Ireland's entire timeline, all in about in hour.
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