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ATTRACTION TYPE Museum/gallery


BUDGET €10,200,000


Galway City, situated at the mouth of the River Corrib on Ireland’s west coast, is a medieval walled city with a unique legacy of historic buildings. The city’s museum, first opened in the 1970s, closed in 2004 and was replaced by a new purpose-built attraction nearby in 2007. In 2016 it was the 11th most-visited free tourist attraction in Ireland. For several years, a plan has been in the works to enhance the museum and create a ‘medieval city walls experience’ to make more use of the Spanish Arch – one of the main tourism sites in the city. Now the museum has announced plans to undergo a €10.2m redevelopment, rebranding as the Atlantic Museum Galway. Fáilte Ireland will be providing €6.64 million, with Galway City Council also supporting the project. The new three-storey interactive museum will be created at Comerford House, next to the current museum. New exhibitions will highlight the influence the Atlantic has had on the people, cultures, and traditions of the ‘Merchant City’. Through cutting-edge technology, visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the history of the merchant tribes, Claddagh Basin, and Spanish Armada. Other plans include a viewing point at the top of the Spanish Arch and a reconfigured public square between the Arch and the existing museum. The project is currently slated to complete by 2022. (Updated 12 May 2021)

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Galway City Museum

Spanish Parade
Galway H91 CX5P

Ríona Egan
Marketing, Communications and Accounts Officer
+353 91 532 460

Helen Bermingham
Collections Officer
+353 91 532 460

Eithne Verling
Museum Director
+353 91 532 460

Galway City Council

City Hall
College Road

+353 91 536400
Patricia Philbin
Senior Executive Officer

Howley Hayes Architects

19 Rock Hill
Dublin A94 D235

+353 1 278 4644
James Howley

Fáilte Ireland

88-95 Amiens Street
Dublin D01 WR86

+353 1 884 7852
Paul Kelly

Haley Sharpe Design Limited

11-15 Guildhall Lane
Leicester, LE1 5FQ

0116 251 8555
Oriel Wilson
Head of New Business