In May 2013, the GAA Museum completed the final phase of a major refurbishment programme. In addition to a dedicated temporary exhibition area that was added in 2010 as part of the first phase of refurbishment, the museum now boasts all-new permanent exhibition galleries featuring displays which vividly illustrate the history and development of Gaelic games from ancient times to the present day.
Exhibits celebrate the modern heroes of the games and feature Four-in-a-Row teams, great Replays and Rivalries, Camogie, Ladies Football, Handball and International Rules, as well as dedicated displays on the current Hurler and Footballer of the Year and All-Ireland Club Champions.
Other new developments include a touch screen poster exhibit of the hurling and football All-Stars featuring every poster since the scheme's inception in 1971. There are oral history sound booths showcasing clips from the Association's oral history archive, as well as touch screen exhibits that give visitors the opportunity to watch highlights of All-Ireland football and hurling finals from as far back as 1931, as well as a new exhibit of radio commentaries featuring the unique voices of Michael O Hehir and Michael Ó Muircheartaigh.
The museum is also home to the official GAA Hall of Fame, which celebrates former players who have made a unique and exceptional contribution to hurling and football. Offaly's Tony McTague and Limerick's Eamonn Cregan became the first players inducted into the GAA Hall of Fame in 2013, along with the hurling and football Teams of the Millennium. In April 2014, four more former greats of hurling and Gaelic football were inducted into the Hall of Fame - Kerry's Mick O'Dwyer and Sligo's Micheál Kearins were the football inductees, while Waterford's Pat McGrath and Kilkenny's Noel Skehan were named as the hurling inductees.
As well as its permanent exhibitions, the GAA Museum hosts a range of temporary exhibitions. The most recent is Hair Hurling Balls - Earliest Artefacts of our National Game which opened in July 2014. This unique exhibition features 14 hair hurling balls, predecessors of the modern sliotar. The exhibition is on loan from the National Museum of Ireland and runs until April 2015.
Previous temporary exhibitions include The GAA – A Global Phenomenon, Dermot Earley - Leader & Legend and Fighting Irishmen - Celebrating Celtic Prizefighters 1820 to present.