Outside this small museum is an extraordinary piece of art, which may at first glance look like a long, rusty iron wall. But look again—it’s a model of the actual sound waves from the 21 seconds in which the crowd on Bloody Sunday sang the civil rights anthem “We will overcome,” shortly before 26 of them were shot, and 14 killed, by the British Army. Such a thought-provoking statement nicely frames the story told inside the museum, which reopened in a new location after a long refurbishment in 2017. Thousands of documents and artifacts related to the Irish Catholic civil rights movement of the mid- and late 20th century are housed here, while displays tell the story of Bloody Sunday and other key events in the “Troubles” of the 1960s to [‘]90s. The timeline is clearly laid out and easy to understand; the calm, level tone makes the impact all the more powerful. The Bogside naturally becomes the focus for much of this history—so afterward, why not take one of the excellent Free Derry Tours of the district, which leave from the museum.
Derry City› Attraction
Museum of Free Derry
55 Glenfada Park, Derry, BT48 9DR
Our Rating Hours Mon–Fri 9:30am–4:30pm (all year); April–Sept Sat 1–4pm; July–Sept Sun 1–4pm Phone 028/7136-0880 Prices Admission £4 adults; £3 seniors, students, and children. Joint ticket with Free Derry Tour: £7 adults, £6 seniors and children Web site Museum of Free Derry
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