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Address: Spanish Arch, Galway
GPS (Lat,Lon): 53.2698,-9.0534 ± 100m
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Telephone: +353 91 532 460 [ Text Me ]
Fax: +353 91 532 467
Email: museum@galwaycity.ie   [ Send Email ]
Website: http://www.galwaycitymuseum.ie/   [ Visit Website ]
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Situated behind the famous Spanish Arch, Galway City Museum houses exhibitions which explore aspects of the history and heritage of Galway City, focussing on the medieval town, the Claddagh village and Galway, 1800-1950. In addition to these core exhibitions, the Museum mounts temporary exhibitions and hosts a variety of exhibits from other museums, galleries and special interest groups.

Of the highlights of the Museum are the Galway Civic Sword and Great Mace. The Civic Sword dates from the time of the Charter of King James I, which gave authority in 1610 for the carrying of such a weapon before the Mayor. The Great Mace, a massive piece of ornamental silverwork, was made in Dublin in 1710, and was presented to the town by Edward Eyre, Mayor of Galway, in 1712.

The Museum is also home to two iconic symbols of the city – the statue of Padraic Ó Conaire and a Galway Hooker, named ‘Máirtín Oliver’, which was made especially for the Museum. The building itself affords spectacular views of the Claddagh, the Spanish Arch, the River Corrib and Galway Bay.

Opening Hours: Summer (June to September), Monday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm Winter (October to May), Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm

Admission: Free

Access: Wheelchair accessible.

Guided Tours: Tours last approx. 30 minutes and can be provided in Irish or English. Pre-booking is essential.

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  • 10 Nov 2006 (galway.net): New Museum Wins Major Award - Galway City Museum has scooped another major national award for excellence in architectural achievement, with the announcement of the Bank of Ireland Opus Architecture and Construction Awards in Dublin this week. City Manager, Mr. Joe MacGrath believes that the City Museum will be a huge asset to Galway in the years to come and that the building itself will be recognised as a wonderful architectural achievement.

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