Tower Museum, Derry

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
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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  • Really loved the exhibition on Spanish Armada. Fascinating not only seeing artefacts recovered but the story behind the local divers and the efforts that went into finding and recovery of these...  more »
  • The museum is very interesting and outstandingly good value. Take time to watch he 15 min film at the end as it bought everything together and was very informative. The free exhibition at the start...  more »
  • A great place to spend a damp day in Derry.. Wonderful history to review but you need a lot of spare time to see It all and follow the story. So cheap but great value..
  • Our tour guide was amazing! This was our first of many museums we visited and this was still one of my favorites. The museum is set up very well and I would suggest walking back around after the tour to look at things better.
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