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The Tower Museum hosts two major historical exhibitions - 'the Story of Derry' and an 'Armada Shipwreck: La Trinidad Valencera'.
The Story of Derry exhibition 

Derry city is one of the oldest inhabited settlements in Ireland and has a fascinating history. 'The Story of Derry' exhibition  uses a wide range of techniques and artefacts to narrate the story from monastic times, plantation, siege of Derry, through to the growth of Derry during the 18th and 19th centuries. The city played its own part in the dramatic events of the early 20th century and during partition. Life during the 20th century is also outlined, in particular the build up to the Civil Rights Movement and the impact of the Troubles on the people living here. The exhibition ends with a glimpse of where the city is today.

An Armada Shipwreck

'An Armada shipwreck – La Trinidad Valencera' narrates the story of La Trinidad Valencera, one of the largest ships in the Armada Fleet. In 1588 it foundered in Kinnagoe 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. The exhibition tells the story of the people involved, the soldiers and sailors aboard the Trinidad Valencera and the divers and archaeologists who discovered and excavated the ship.

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. Innovative exhibition design and layout encourage a sense of exploration and discovery while audio-visual and interactive displays offer a wealth of information for student, visitor and tourist alike. Audio guides of the exhibition are available in a choice of six languages.

Highlights include:
  • The Story of Derry' exhibition uses a wide range of techniques and artefacts to narrate the story. 
  • 'An Armada shipwreck' narrates the story of La Trinidad Valencera, one of the largest ships in the Armada Fleet.
  • The Discovery Zone - find out more about archaeology, dinosaurs, early people, Colmcille, woodlands and the contemporary City.
  • The museum boasts the only open air viewing facility in the heart of the city centre with stunning panoramic views of the city and River Foyle.

Visitor Information

Open Year Round
Daily 10:00 - 17:30

Contact Details

Tower Museum
Union Hall Place, Derry BT48 LU

T: +0044 (0)28 713 724 11

Closed: Closed during Christmas - check their website for details.

Last admission: 16:00

Approx. visit duration: 90 minutes.

Admission Prices 2016 

Prices are in £ sterling

Adult: £4.00
Senior (aged 65+): £2.40
Student (with valid ID): £2.40
Child: £2.00
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children): £9.00
Group (groups 15+): £2.00

Other Useful Information

Museum is adjacent to many City Restaurants. 

The Museum is close to city centre pay car parks. 

The museum is accessible with an internal lifts to all museum exhibitions and the viewing area of city. Accessible toilets.

Map Location

The Museum is close to city centre car parks and is just a 5 minute walk from the bus station.

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