Tower Museum

Tower Museum information

Derry/Londonderry , United Kingdom
Address
Street Union Hall Pl
Telephone
+44 28 7137 2411
Telephone 2
+44 48 7137 2411
More information
www.derrycity.gov.uk/Museums
Prices
adult/child £4.20/2.65
Opening hours
10am-5pm Tue-Sat year-round, plus 11am-3pm Sun Jul-Sep
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Lonely Planet review

Inside the Magazine Gate is this award-winning museum, housed in a replica 16th-century tower house. Head straight to the 5th floor for a view from the top of the tower, then work your way down through the excellent Armada Shipwreck exhibition, which tells the story of La Trinidad Valenciera – a ship of the Spanish Armada that was wrecked at Kinnagoe Bay in Donegal in 1588. It was discovered by the City of Derry Sub-Aqua Club in 1971 and excavated by marine archaeologists. On display are bronze guns, pewter tableware and personal items – a wooden comb, an olive jar, a shoe sole – recovered from the site, including a 2.5-tonne siege gun bearing the arms of Phillip II of Spain showing him as king of England.

The museum's other exhibition is the Story of Derry , where well-thought-out exhibits and audiovisuals lead you through city's history from the founding of the monastery of St Colmcille (Columba) in the 6th century to the Battle of the Bogside in the late 1960s. Allow a good two hours to do the museum justice.