The Tower Museum is a museum of local history in Derry, Northern Ireland. It is located in Union Hall Place, within a historic tower just inside the city walls, near the Guildhall. The museum has two permanent exhibits; The Story of Derry which presents the history of Derry from its prehistoric origins to the present, and An Armada Shipwreck – La Trinidad Valencera which details the local shipwreck from the Spanish Armada. Tower Museum is the home of the Mabel Colhoun collection. The Museum also has temporary exhibits throughout the year.

The top of the museum has an open air viewing facility, which provides panoramic views of the city centre and the River Foyle.

The museum opened in 1992 and has won a number of awards. It covers the political conflict that has affected the history of the city.



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Founded: 1992
Category: Museums in United Kingdom


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Cathy Armstrong (5 months ago)
Enjoyable and informative way to understand the history of Londonderry/Derry - with panoramic views from the top. Lovely welcoming staff too.
Toby Keen (7 months ago)
Hands down the best museum in Derry- cheap to enter ( disc for oldies) you would be mad not to visit this when in Derry, just inside the walls from the Guild building. For its size it’s one of the best museums I visited
Linden Chambers (7 months ago)
It is fascinating. Worth several trips because you can't take it all in in one visit. The front of house staff were very helpful and friendly.
Ann Green (9 months ago)
Incredibly detailed exhibitions about Florence Nightingale, Derry’s history, and the recovery of the wreck of the Spanish Armada ship with items displayed. There is a small section in the entry hall about a Spitfire plane that went down in 1941 and shows item recovered in 2011 from the wreckage - including the engine. Highly recommend.
amol thoke (9 months ago)
Nice museum about history of Derry londonderry. Small Movie theater inside gives summary of major events and road to peace process. Takes around an hour to see all things. You can go to top floor and have a view of city. But view is restricted due to other taller buildings nearby. Staff is very friendly to visitors.
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