Fáilte Ireland will invest a record €6.64 million euro in a new tourist attraction to be housed at Galway’s Spanish Arch.
The biggest investment to date, it will see the Galway City Museum given a new lease of life and be rebranded as the Atlantic Museum Galway.
Visitors will get the chance to learn about the City of Tribe’s rich history through state-of-the-art technology and immersive exhibits.
Wonderful announcement of €6.64M from @Failte_Ireland for the expansion of @GalwayMuseum
Gary McMahon Galway City Co., Mary Stack Failte Ireland & John Crumlish Galway Arts Festival. Exciting projects ahead. @OireachtasNews #Galway pic.twitter.com/x3KSHhH5lh
— Billy Lawless (@SenBillyLawless) October 11, 2019
A highlight of the building is bound to be a viewing point at the top of Spanish Arch, offering stunning views of the Bay and surrounding area. The square between the arch and the current museum will be remodelled into a new public space to bring the whole project together.
According to Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Attractions Mary Stack, the new three-storey interactive museum “is expected to generate €29.3 million in revenue for the region in its first five years of opening”.
Aiming to highlight the influence the Atlantic has had on the people, cultures and traditions it will tie in nicely with Galway’s associations with the sea.
I’m delighted to be at @GalwayMuseum this morning to announce that @Failte_Ireland is investing €6.64 million in the development of a new state-of-the-art museum here which will be known as the Atlantic Museum Galway @BGriffinTD pic.twitter.com/KzcPpWSk12
— Seán Kyne #FanÁitiúil (@SeanKyneSenator) October 11, 2019
The full cost of the redevelopment project will come to just over €10 million in total.
An apt development for a city dubbed as the European Capital of Culture 2020.