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“An emotional experience”

Museum of Free Derry
Ranked #4 of 140 things to do in Derry
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Museum of Free Derry recently re-opened its doors in the Bogside following a £2.4m redevelopment and offers a full multi-media exhibition on the civil rights and early conflict era in the city, including Battle of the Bogside, Internment, Bloody Sunday and Operation Motorman. The museum was established by the Bloody Sunday Trust in 2006 to tell the story of the civil rights movement and the creation of Free Derry in the 1960s and 1970s, and it has become an important part of Ireland’s radical and civil rights heritage. It tells the story of how a largely working class community rose up against the years of oppression it had endured. The struggle of Free Derry is part of a wider struggle in Ireland and internationally for freedom and equality for all.
Reviewed December 8, 2013

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.30am - 4.30pm (All year),
Sat 1.00pm - 4.00pm (April - Sept), Sun 1.00pm - 4.00pm (July - Sept)
Admission: Adult £3.00, Concessionary / Group (10+) £2.00pp

Definately a wonderful place to visit and get a sense of the ordeal faced by those who lived during the Troubles. Hard to imagine how difficult life must have been but the political history is well documented in the Museum and worth spending an hour there. The museum is just off Rossville Street and within walking distance to all the murals and H block memorial. You must not miss spending some time here and to reflect on the lives that were taken in the name of freedom. Lest We Forget.

3  Thank Kay D
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Reviewed November 5, 2013 via mobile

So very tastefully done. Real life. I spent a good few hours here. Learnt so much.
Would highly recommend a visit.

1  Thank Littlejayne
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

We stayed in a bed and breakfast in the Bogside. There were two b+b’s in one little block, one house apart, the other had a little tearoom café in it.
The murals were by artists, commissioned ones. Its like a museum, outdoors, a whole area. I thought it was marvellous, to see it all, where it happened. Big murals all around, at least nine, totally saturating the area, about the dreadful things that happened there. They had nothing to say theres a mural here, the next one there, so you’d see one round just around the corner from another. It was mostly from the point of view of the Catholic population, they had a copy of the Saville report, and the Widgery report above it. Everywhere else we got both sides, the Bogside was saturated, but if all that stuff wasn’t there it would all fade into history. If they didn’t tell their own story nobody else will.
It was living history, educating people, the man talking to us said “my younger brother was murdered here”. He would have been a young fellow himself on “Bloody Sunday”, he was a very nice man, it was very well done. It was amazing, we were on William Street where some of them were shot. It was a non-profit thing they had set up themselves.
One of the murals had the faces of John Hume, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King.
Rossvale flats on Rossvale street was interesting, only householders back in the 60’s got a vote, so we asked if they got a vote there. They did, but all the Catholics were put into an area that only got so many councillors, so getting the votes didn’t matter very much, it was “gerrymandering” to keep more councillors being elected from other places with fewer voters.
The cars there were very nice, they would stop for us even before we had got to the crossing. The walk around all the murals went over pedestrian crossings, so people maybe expected to see us. People were very helpful, they were glad to see tourist there. We were ladies with ruck sacks, looking like tourists!

3  Thank Mavis B
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

We spent a long weekend in Derry for our silver wedding anniversary, and although the Museum of Free Derry was not the most romantic of places it was certainly memorable. The museum gives a history of the Bogside area of Derry and there are many exhibits and films about the more recent political history of Derry. A large part focuses on Bloody Sunday, about which there are many exhibits, most movingly the clothes, complete with bullet holes, of some of those murdered on that terrible day. If you are visiting Derry this museum is definately somewhere to visit, but note it is only open Monday to Friday at this time of year.

2  Thank MikeandGill236
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

There was a good mix of different things presented here, surely something for everyone. The lighting in some of the displays could use some attention, very dark. It is self guided allowing you to concentrate on areas of particular interest.

1  Thank JerryofMpls
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