Tower Museum

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The Tower Museum contains two permanent exhibitions and hosts a number of touring exhibitions throughout the year. The "Story of Derry" exhibition outlines the city's history from its earliest fomation to the present day. The "An Armada Shipwreck, La Trinidad Valencera" exhibition tells the story of the Spanish’s Armada ship, La Trinidad Valencera's journey around the Irish coast. It was shipwrecked off the coast of Donegal in 1588 and discovered in 1971.

Both exhibitions use a range of display and interactive techniques to present their stories.

These projects total almost £3 million and have received major funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Derry City Council.

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Opening hours

Tue - Sat: 10.00am to 4.30pm

Admission charges

Individuals: £4.00
Children & Concessions £2.00


  • International Council of Museums

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Maritime, Music, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

An Armada Shipwreck – La Trinidad Valencera

  • 25 October 2005 — 31 December 2050 *on now

An Armada shipwreck – La Trinidad Valencera narrates the story of La Trinidad Valencera, one of the largest ships in the Armada Fleet. In 1588 it foundered in Kinnagoe Bay in Co. Donegal during a violent storm and was discovered nearly 400 years later by divers from the City of Derry Sub Aqua Club. The exhibition tells the story of the people involved, the soldiers and sailors aboard the Trinidad Valencera and the divers and archaeologists who discovered and excavated the ship.

An array of exciting artefacts on loan from the Ulster Museum, recovered from the ship includes cannons, textiles, pottery, wooden bowls, pewter dishes, goblets, coins and shoes along with many other items. Innovative exhibition design and layout encourage a sense of exploration and discovery while audio-visual and interactive displays offer a wealth of information for student, visitor and tourist alike. Audio guides of the exhibition are available in a choice of six languages. There is also a range of education materials available.

The exhibition is spread out over four floors and is accessible by lift or stairs. A guide to the exhibition is available in alternative formats on request, in large print, computer disk, PDF, Braille, audio-tape and minority ethnic languages.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Admission charges apply. Please contact the Tower Museum for details.
Admission to the Tower Museum covers entry to both exhibitions.


Tower Museum
Union Hall Place
Co. Londonderry/Derry
BT48 6LU
Northern Ireland




02871 372411


02871 377633

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