- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Visit the Tower Museum, Derry
Derry City Museums Service spans five separate sites throughout the City, providing a range of attractions which each showcase a different aspect of the City’s rich heritage.
The Tower Museum is undoubtedly the Jewel in the Crown of Derry’s museums. Located in the heart of the City inside the Walls and opposite the Guildhall, the Tower Museum is Derry’s top visitor attraction.
The museum was opened in 1992 and is centred around the O’Doherty Tower, a major landmark in the City. The O’Doherty Tower is a modern reconstruction of a medieval structure that was located on or near the site. The main body of the museum is contained in space beneath the Craft Village, with the Tower itself soon to be opened up as a dedicated Spanish Armada exhibition. This new exhibition will tell the story of the Spanish Armada's journey around the Irish coast. It is expected to open in Autumn 2005.
The Tower Museum takes the visitor on a high-tech audio-visual narrative tour of the Story of Derry. From the first evidence of human habitation in 7000BC through to the troubles and the peace process, it is all here and exemplified by models and a wide range of artefacts. The Story of Derry is told here not just through the place but also through the people that Derry has produced and inspired. This is combined with a frank and forthright approach to the many traumatic incidents in the City’s history to produce an overall experience that has seen the Tower Museum receive a number of awards.
The museum is the only institution to have been nominated as both Irish and British Museum of the Year and in 1994 was awarded Second Place in the European Museum of the Year Awards.