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“modern art, modern history”

The People's Gallery
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Ranked #41 of 135 things to do in Derry
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Owner description: The People's Gallery is recognized as one of Derry's main tourist sites. It depicts over three decades of conflict and is visited by many thousands of tourists each year. It was created by the three men known as The Bogside Artists
Lecco, Italy
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“modern art, modern history”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

In every corner you can see different murales. For freedom, for fight, for died people, for heroes. 2 hours are not enogh to enjoy all the tour.

Visited March 2014
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Round Lake, Illinois
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“The People's Gallery = Excellent Historical Murals”
Reviewed 4 October 2013

If you can only see one thing in Londonderry/Derry, the People's Gallery (or Bogside Murals) are a must. Situated in the heart of the Bogside (across from the Free Derry corner, the Bloody Sunday Memorial, and the Hunger Strike Memorial), the murals show different images of events during the Troubles. Created by three artists, the murals illustrate everything from civil rights protests to the hunger strike events, violence and hope.

My wife and I visited the murals in September 2013, and I feel the best time to view them is at night. There are lights shining on all of them, and signs showing the name of the piece of art and some with historical information. Most all of them are very beautiful (though extremely sad in their depictions). Sadly when we visited the "Peace" mural (one showing hunger striker Raymond McCartney of the H-Block of Maze Prison), someone recently had splashed a bucket of paint on part of the face of Raymond McCartney.

Other murals -- such as "Petrol Bomber" (the person with a gas mask on) which is probably one of the most famously shown -- and "Bernadette" (image of Bernadette Devlin talking with the crowds of the Bogside with bullhorn in hand) are beautifully done, and show you a harsh glimpse of what reality was like in the Bogside area so many years ago.

I highly recommend this for both its historical significance and artistic creation.

Visited September 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“People's Gallery”
Reviewed 10 September 2013

The murals all around helped to solidify in my mind the history of the area. Real, not just something we read about.

Visited May 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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“Love the Murals”
Reviewed 1 January 2013

This is one of the best murals here, but the entire block is definitely worth checking out. The murals are extremely well done and tell a very moving story. Well worth taking the time to walk the 300 yards.

Visited December 2012
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Llangefni, United Kingdom
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“Battle of the Bogside”
Reviewed 16 August 2012

The boy in the gas mask is probably the most striking of the republican murals, and can be found behind, and just to the right of Free Derry Corner. The image portrays a young boy holding a petrol bomb during the battle of the Bogside in 1969, and is wearing a gas mask to protect himself from the effects of CS gas which was fired at the rioters by the RUC.

Visited August 2012
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