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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Sarah Norris (9 months ago)
Visited the Derry Girls Experience exhibition the first day it was open. As a huge fan of the show, I absolutely loved it. Well worth a visit, had such a cracker time!!!
Anthony Manmohan (10 months ago)
Comprehensive history in shortened form. Extra time needed if you are going to focus on reading.
Scott Hendrix (11 months ago)
Friendly folks running a nice little museum in the heart of Derry.
Cathy Armstrong (2 years ago)
Enjoyable and informative way to understand the history of Londonderry/Derry - with panoramic views from the top. Lovely welcoming staff too.
Toby Keen (2 years 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
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