Tower Museum, Derry City

Tower Museum, Derry City

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The Tower Museum in Derry City opened its doors in October of 1992 and has won many accolades since. It currently houses two permanent exhibitions: “The Story of Derry” and “ An Armada Shipwreck – La Trinidad Valencera”.

Refurbished in 2006, “The Story of Derry” exhibition, now fitted with new display cases, enhanced visitor orientation and a range of updated audio-visuals. Derry City is one of the oldest inhabited settlements in Ireland and as such its walls are steeped with history. The exhibition narrates the city’s story covering monastic times, plantation, the Siege of Derry right up to the 18th and 19th Century. The improved exhibition now includes displays on Derry in the 20th and 21st Century bringing it right up to date.

The second exhibition concerns one of the largest ships in the Spanish Armada: La Trinidad Valencera. The ship sank off the Donegal Coast in 1588 and its wreck was discovered by divers from the City of Derry Sub-Aqua Club in 1971. This exhibition also includes an activity trail to help young people to engage more with the displays.

Aside from these two main exhibitions, the Tower Museum also offers a range of learning experiences no matter what your age from object handling session and interactive workshops to CD rom workshops. The top level of the museum acts as the only open air viewing facility in the heart of the city with sensational views of the inner city and the River Foyle.

Other features of the museum include: lecture rooms, education tours and rooms and temporary traveling exhibitions.

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