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Jul 09 2020

Galway City Museum to Reopen on 21st July

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Galway City Museum will reopen its doors to the public on Tuesday 21st July at 10am. Admission remains FREE but visitors will now require a ticket for their visit. Tickets can be booked online via Eventbrite at and will need to be presented either printed or on their mobile phone at the main entrance to the museum. Numbers permitted will have to adhere to correct social distancing and health and safety protocols so that visitors can enjoy the exhibitions in a safe and comfortable environment.

The museum will reopen the doors to the GROUND FLOOR only with two brand new, never before- seen exhibitions; the much-anticipated MONUMENT in association with Galway2020 and the captivating display on The Corrib: Myth, Legend & Folklore, both of which are promised to enthral!


Galway City Museum is the lead partner on the major new Galway 2020 MONUMENT exhibition. With a primary focus on the stone forts of Aran, and on Dún Aonghasa in particular, this innovative exhibition investigates some of Europe's most impressive stone monuments located on some of Europe's smallest islands. MONUMENT is a multidisciplinary exhibition platform. It represents a collaborative process that brings together agencies, institutions and individuals representing the archaeology, architecture, craft and design, cultural landscapes, tangible and intangible heritage, construction, sustainability and the social history associated with the monuments and the islands. Kindly assisted by the National Museum the exhibition will feature never seen before material from the 1990s archaeological excavations at Dún Aonghasa. MONUMENT will also feature specially commissioned craft pieces by some of Ireland’s most respected makers. Curated by Eithne Verling, Director of the Galway City Museum and Sybil Curley, the project has been inspired by the three themes of the ECOC Galway2020 programme - Landscape, Language and Migration.

‘Our vision for the exhibition blends digital, physical and tactile experiences to tell this story in a manner that entertains, informs and delights audiences of all ages.’ Eithne Verling and Sybil Curley, Co- curators of MONUMENT.

The Corrib: Myth, Legend and Folklore

This is a new exhibition, curated by Brendan McGowan of Galway City Museum, featuring specially-commissioned artwork by Sadie Cramer, which explores some of the old myths and

stories about the lake, river and bay and sets them in a broader context. Lough Corrib, the largest lake in the Republic, is connected to Galway Bay by a short and powerful river, the tumult of which is and always has been the soundtrack to life in Galway. This exhibition can also be enjoyed as a walking tour and visitors are encouraged to take the specially designed Myth, Legend and Folklore Tour brochure with them as they leave the exhibition so they can visit each site associated with the stories presented.’ We will aspire to retain, as before, a safe public space but we do need help from the public. It will be challenging for all of us to combine social distancing with real experience, reflection and engagement but we are up for the challenge if you are. We look forward to making new meaning and memories with you in the future! For any further information contact or phone +353 (0)91 532 460.

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