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Museum of Free Derry

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Address: 55 Glenfada Park | Bogside, Derry BT48 9DR, Northern Ireland
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+44 28 7136 0880
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The Museum of Free Derry recently re-opened its doors in the Bogside...

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.

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After taking the Bogside History Tour we experienced this very well displayed museum. If you are interested in the history that you won't have heard about Bloody Sunday and the... read more

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Black Creek, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

After taking the Bogside History Tour we experienced this very well displayed museum. If you are interested in the history that you won't have heard about Bloody Sunday and the events leading up to it, you won't be disappointed.

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County Kerry, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is dealing with recent history and in the heart of the community effected so to any extent a certain point of view might be expected ,however I felt that the complete one-sided telling of the tale almost obscured the tragedy of the History being shown .( I wish that the curators had visited some of the civil rights museums... More 

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Thank alan252
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This newly revamped museum is outstanding. It has had 10,000 visitors since it opened 3 months ago- that record speaks for itself. A must visit. Great to see a top class museum to highlight Derry's history!!!

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Thank KayTyrone
Ross-on-Wye, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Museum immediately after completing the Bogside History Tour with Paul Doherty (see separate review). I would recommend doing the two in that order as the exhibits bring the history to life, adding graphically to Paul's descriptions. There are many haunting artifacts preserved from the troubles inside the museum, to which must be added the bullet holes in... More 

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Thank Brian R
South Yorkshire
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited the museum over Easter with my family. Difficult to describe the emotional impact of following the story leading to the events on Bloody Sunday and the subsequent fight to clear the names of the protestors. Horrifying and inspiring in equal measure and helps understand the start of the Troubles from the perspective of the Bogside residents. Can't recommend highly... More 

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Thank EugandJude
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Set among the Bogside mural buildings was the recently-expanded Museum of Free Derry. The man staffing the reception desk told us that his brother had been shot during the Troubles and that all the volunteers working at the museum had had a relative killed or injured in the conflict. Interspersed among the artifacts, which ranged from hurling team jerseys to... More 

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Descartes
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very good museum with a really moving welcome by a staff member. This man is directly linked to the events of the Bloody Sunday. The Museum was interesting but what he told us was even more fascinating. After the visit, we went around the museum to see the murals close to it.

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Thank cvero
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An absolute eye opener for an English person. Staff were lovely and we're willing to tell their own personal stories of that dreadful day. So moving. Absolute shame on the British army!! May the victims rest in peace now that justice has prevailed.

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Herndon, Virginia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Museum dedicated to the troubles. Photographs, artifacts, and tour guides that are direct descendants of those that died added to the experience. A lot to read and take in and definitely worth the price of admission.

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Thank Kathleen D
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good small museum. Puts the Bloody Sunday Massacre in context of the times and the events in run up to it. Children might get bored as a very adult Museum. Lots to read and watch but fairly static and the young might drive you insane. Then you can walk to the memorial, the hunger strikers memorial and the Free Derry... More 

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