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“Opened by Jesse Jackson - no thanks!”

Museum of Free Derry
Ranked #5 of 143 things to do in Derry
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The award-winning Museum of Free Derry recently re-opened its doors in the Bogside following an extensive 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. In 2018, the Museum of Free Derry was named Authentic NI Experience of the Year at the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards in Belfast. Admission Price (as of July 2018) Adults - £6 Student/Conc - £5 Groups 10+ - £4
Reviewed 1 June 2018

I really wanted to visit this museum, so I showed up with credit card ready and spied a plaque at the entrance: It was opened by the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, the notorious carpetbagger, publicity hound and marble-mouthed hypocrite from America. I'm sure his knowledge of the Troubles is as deep as his morality. So I walked out. I still recommend walking the area and seeing the murals, memorials and key Bloody Sunday sites for yourself. It's not that difficult. And forget FreeDerryTours. They still haven't replied to my email from several weeks ago.

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Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

I very much enjoyed my visit to the Museum of Free Derry, even though I’m not a huge history fan. I was able to get a comprehensive view of the extent of the troubles in the city through the information on the walls, videos and artefacts in display cases. It’s all very professionally and tastefully done. My only quabble was that it is slightly more expensive than advertised (£5 for an adult ticket as opposed to £4 I’d seen elsewhere) and the video presentation at the start was hard to get working. Otherwise I’d highly recommend the museum.

Thank Joseph D
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Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

Excellent, modern museum that is both well set out and highly interactive, it depicts the story of Bloody Sunday thoroughly and is located where it all happened.

It is somewhat biased towards a particular side or viewpoint of the conflict, just as "loyalist" museums are to the other, but that is OK, as long as you keep it in mind.

Interestingly, at least one museum staff person on duty when we visited was there, in the middle of the action, on Bloody Sunday. Puts an interesting perspective on the matter.

I am nominally Protestant, but non-practicing and I would say this is a must see museum if visiting Derry. It is not a museum you will come away from feeling good about, but it is important to go, to understand and appreciate a little of what people can and have done to each other if pushed, even when both are nominally of the same religion (Christian).

Hopefully such events will not be seen again.

Thank bobjanh
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Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

Just renewed, gives a very good understanding of the history of Derry and the riots and Bloody Sunday. Impressive and informative. Worth a visit!

Thank Miexke
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Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

I visited this museum on a previous trip to Derry a few years ago and it seems to have made a few changes since then.

Staff are friendly & the layout & information was very well done & educational.

Highly recommended

Thank Vietnam1988
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