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Galway’s Spanish Arch Is Set To Get A New Atlantic Museum

By Sarah Finnan

October 11, 2019 at 3:00pm

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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.

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.

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.

 

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