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Galway City Museum

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Address: Galway City Museum Spanish Parade, Galway, Ireland
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A good way to spend a couple of hours

I really enjoyed the Galway City Museum. Great building and great views from the third floor. More importantly I learned more about the lead up to Irish independence and the civil... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Market Rasen, United Kingdom
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147 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really enjoyed the Galway City Museum. Great building and great views from the third floor. More importantly I learned more about the lead up to Irish independence and the civil war that followed - it is a very well balanced account and shows that the issues were not black and white - well done.

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Mechelen, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great museum if you want to learn a thing or two about Galway city. It is also free. You'll learn about the founding of the city and the early history, how WW1 and the Easter Rising was experienced here, local sports and there is even a science part.

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Thank Klaas R
Palo Alto, California
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87 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is not a large museum but underrated in most of the guide books i've seen. There is one floor devoted to the archeologic history of the area and of Ireland and another floor which outlines quite well the more modern history with a focus on the quest for Irish independence from Great Britten. The latter was quite informative for... More 

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Thank Richard M
Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Modern museum. Set out over 3 floors. Showing Galway's long and important history as a port. It's growth. How the first world war affected the community. Bronze and iron age tools found locally. A nice café. Lifts and plenty of toilets. Allow a couple of Hours to-do it justice.

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Thank LEE J
Wootton Bassett, England, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent a cloudy afternoon in the museum which is right by the atlantic in Galway Bay. Galway has a fascinating history of powerful families and loyalty to the English against the popular view around them. It is really worth going in here at the start of any visit for more than a day, as it explains the town layout... More 

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Thank Tracey R
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Actually, for local people, the cafe at the museum is more important than the museum itself. The pancakes are the best as is the porridge. Lovely staff and good service. Very informal. If you go on a Saturday, get there before 11 to make sure you get a table.

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Thank PJL552
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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Really interesting museum arranged over three floors. Free entry and comprehensive coverage of Galway's early history, Irish independence and Galway's involvement in the First World War. There's currently an under the sea science exhibition which looked great for kids. The cafe next store, The Kitchen, was also great.

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Thank Sophie S
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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

It's a small building only 3 levels. If your interested in the history of Galway, the tribes of Galway, uprising and rebellion. It's a great place to go to see what's on display and read the descriptions and information. It took us about 1.5-2 hours to walk around at a leisurely pace.

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Thank Gabridri
Hove, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

What a wasted opportunity this museum seems to be. It's a huge and impressive building, with lots of nice big airy rooms. But the exhibits are rather dull. Maybe it just wasn't to my taste and others may love it. But I would have preferred to see a few more artifacts and have fewer walls to read.

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Thank Chipperbluecat
Tucson
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017

This is a really charming, small but well-curated museum and totally worth a visit -- and have lunch in the tea room!

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