Discover fascinating secrets of the marine world when you visit Ireland’s first marine science gallery at Galway City Museum, located beside Spanish Arch.

The Wild Atlantic – Sea Science is a permanent exhibition at the museum and was officially opened by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, TD, in May 2017. It spans a huge variety of topics, ranging from the nature of how tides operate and identifying what one finds on a simple walk along the seashore, to multibeam mapping and deep sea exploration.

The basic principles of marine science are communicated in a fun and engaging way, using a combination of digital interactive touch screens, hands-on exhibits, holograms and high-definition video footage. All of which will ignite the curiosity of both the young and the young at heart! The exhibition is Ireland’s first sea science gallery to have audio and visual displays accessible in both English and as Gaeilge.

As an island on the North Atlantic Ocean, Ireland has a rich maritime heritage, from our seafaring history to our stewardship of the marine environment. Under both the Atlantic Action Plan and the Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth strategy, exciting plans are underway to revitalise our marine economy, creating innovative solutions to societal challenges of today.

To maximise our success, we need a population who have a basic understanding of the marine environment and how it impacts our everyday lives – we need an ocean literate society. Pan-European research has indicated that unless citizens are directly involved with the marine environment from a very young age, that they have little comprehension of the role it plays in everyday lives.

To help with this education and engagement, the Marine Institute commissioned a marine science gallery at SeaFest 2016. More than 17,500 visitors engaged with the exhibition. This success, combined with excellent visitor feedback, has resulted in The Wild Atlantic – Sea Science becoming a permanent exhibition as a partnership between Galway City Museum and the Marine Institute.

It enables children, school groups and all members of the public to engage with the ocean year-round. Entry to the museum is free – for more, visit www.galwaycitymuseum.ie