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“Well worth a visit for anyone interested in Irish History.”

Museum of Free Derry
Ranked #7 of 135 things to do in Derry
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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.
Dublin, Ireland
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“Well worth a visit for anyone interested in Irish History.”
Reviewed December 23, 2013

This place brought me to tears as an Irish person with a keen interest in History I spent 2 hours exploring the small museum. They have managed to do so much with what they have and remain as sensitive as possible to a very recent topic.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank HollyFur
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“Museum of Past Dark Deeds”
Reviewed December 13, 2013

I did the murals tour first and then visited the Free Derry Museum at a cost of £6 which I thought was really good value for money. The murals tour helped explain the circumstances leading up to Bloody Sunday and the eventual signing of the Good Friday Agreement a number of decades later. The tour guide also covered civil rights issues in other parts of the world. The Museum gives you more detail of Bloody Sunday (aka the Bogside Massacre) along with photos and actual dialogue recorded on the day. It's an incredible story from a Catholic perspective. It is very factual and makes no apology for actions taken by the IRA in it's battle for civil rights for Catholics who lived in Northern Ireland during that time. It was obvious from the tour guide that it has been a long emotional journey for all involved to clear the names of those killed on that day. I was totally immersed in what the museum had to say and spent a lot more time than most getting my head around the different peace marches presented on screen over a lengthy period of time. It was well worth spending time here.

Visited December 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“An emotional experience”
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.

Visited October 2013
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.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank Littlejayne
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Whitehead, United Kingdom
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“Outdoor museum”
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!

Visited October 2013
3 Thank Mavis B
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