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Tower Museum, Derry

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The award winning Tower Museum is located within the city’s historic walls at Union Hall Place.

Specialist Features:

- Lecture room seating 70 people for talks and lectures

- Education Programme for formal and informal learning.

- Education Room seating 30 people for specialist lessons and lectures

- Travelling / Temporary Exhibitions are on display throughout the year

Permanent exhibitions at the museum include The Story of Derry and the An Armada Shipwreck – La Trinidad Valencera.

The Story of Derry exhibition narrates the story from Monastic times, the Plantation of Londonderry, the Siege of Derry, through to the growth of Derry during the 18th and 19th centuries. Life during the 20th century is also included with the build up to the Civil Rights Movement and the impact of the Troubles. And our city’s regeneration.

An Armada shipwreck – La Trinidad Valencera exhibition tells the story of La Trinidad Valencera, one of the largest ships in the Armada Fleet. In 1588 it foundered in Kinnegoe Bay in Co. Donegal during a violent storm and was discovered nearly 400 years later by divers from the City of Derry Sub Aqua Club.

An array of exciting artefacts on loan from the Ulster Museum, recovered from the ship includes cannons, textiles, pottery, wooden bowls, pewter dishes, goblets, coins and shoes along with many other items.
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  • Very enjoyable history of the city - but disappointed at what they called the Spanish Armada exhibition which was spread over three floors - but deserving just a small section 
    Very enjoyable history of the city - but disappointed at what they called the Spanish Armada exhibition which was spread over three floors - but deserving just a small section  more »
  • Worth the visit to really learn about the history of Derry. Great museum and very informative. Nice exhibits and well organized museum. 
    Worth the visit to really learn about the history of Derry. Great museum and very informative. Nice exhibits and well organized museum.  more »
  • I’ve visited multiple times with visitors to the city and it is always welcoming, informative and is the perfect whistle-stop guide to the city. 
    I’ve visited multiple times with visitors to the city and it is always welcoming, informative and is the perfect whistle-stop guide to the city.  more »
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  • Hands down the best museum in Derry- cheap to enter ( disc for oldies) you would be mad not to visit this when in Derry, just inside the walls from the Guild building. For its size it’s one of the best museums I visited
  • Awesome tour with Mal. From hearing about how Doire-Derry-Londonderry came to be, a man killing the love of his life, the start of the troubles and decades of war. If you are a history buff like me, even if your not you will enjoy this museum.
  • We could have spent much longer here, if it wasn't for my daughter. Very informative, I have learnt many things about Derry I didn't know before. Also the view from the top is worthwhile.
  • Enjoyable and informative way to understand the history of Londonderry/Derry - with panoramic views from the top. Lovely welcoming staff too.
  • An excellent introduction to Derry/Londonderry. An immersive experience in taking you from ancient times to the present day via the troubles whilst the Spanish Armada exhibits are world class (and rightfully dominate several floors of the museum). And thankfully they also have a small display devoted to The Undertones who helped to put the city on the map, at least musically! A bargain at Four Pounds for admission.

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