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“Interesting Look at Modern History in Derry”

Museum of Free Derry
Ranked #7 of 135 things to do in Derry
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Owner description: 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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“Interesting Look at Modern History in Derry”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

It was a great insight into the recent history of Derry and the Troubles. We took a tour of the Bogside, led by John McKinney who sadly lost his brother on Bloody Sunday. Well worth the £6 each (tour & museum entry).

Visited August 2014
Thank Michelle C
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London, United Kingdom
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“Eye-opening experience”
Reviewed 31 July 2014

The Free Derry Museum is great value at only €3. The exhibits and detailed information paint a picture of how things were/are in Derry and the rest of Northern Ireland from a perspective that may not be presented elsewhere. Well worth a look for an hour or two, and certainly helped us to understand the situation much better.

Visited July 2014
Thank Alex P
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“Very interesting museum”
Reviewed 31 July 2014

I strongly recommend a visit to Museum of Free Derry.
A very interesting museum telling the story about bloody Sunday.
Its not possible not to be effected by the items in the exebition, the pictures and the sounds on the loudspeaker. A very strong experience making us very much aware of the brutality that happened just 40 years ago.

Visited July 2014
Thank tutta67
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London, United Kingdom
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“Makes you ashamed of the British Army”
Reviewed 21 July 2014

The museum is in a ramshackle building on the site of one of the most disgraceful acts by the British Army. Bloody Sunday.
Our contrite mood was further deepened when the receptionist told us that his 17 year old brother was one of those murdered. I felt a deep shame and didn't really know what to say other than a very inadequate sorry.

After that it was difficult to know what to expect from the museum but it tells the story of the troubles and Free Derry in a rational. if understandably from a Catholic perspective. It is very well explained and gives you a good understanding of how the Catholics were second class citizens and how the tension built up leading to the troubles.

There are fascinating film cuts put together by one of the murdered, William McKinney which show the tension across a couple of years and then the build up right up to a few minutes before his death.

The story of Bloody Sunday is well told with interesting displays, artifacts and commentary. Throughout your visit you can hear a sound track of the day.

It is a humbling experience and it is great that as an Englishman I can be welcomed in and engage in a free discussion. That surely is the future.

A final recommendation for the Army Chiefs and Lord Saville to visit the museum and then give a commitment to allow the murderers to be brought to justice.

Highly recommended especially to anyone, who like me was too young to remember but lived through the 1980s..

Visited July 2014
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

After the Bogside walking history tour this is the obvious next place to visit. A well appointed small museum that summarises the history leading up to Bloody Sunday. Only £2.

Visited July 2014
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