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Museum of Free Derry
Museum of Free Derry Review
At Free Derry Corner stands the white gable wall where Catholics defiantly painted the slogan "You are now entering Free Derry" as a declaration of a zone from which police and the British Army were banned until 1972, when the army broke down the barricades. That year, on January 30, 13 civil-rights marchers were shot and killed by British soldiers. Thirty-eight years later, the British government released its official report on the shootings from Lord Saville, which resulted in an official apology from Prime Minister David Cameron saying that he was "deeply sorry" for what happened on Bloody Sunday and that it "had been unjustified and unjustifiable." Historical homage to this tragic moment in time is rendered by the Museum of Free Derry, which has become one of the major tourist attractions in the city. It opened in 2007 in a derelict block of flats right on the spot where Bloody Sunday happened; the building still retains bullet scars and was conserved to preserve the "line of sight" that fateful day. Inside, visitors will find a real-time recording of the event as well as a gallery with newspaper reports, photographs, and posters about the "Battle of the Bogside." One-hour Free Derry Walking Tours (costing £5) leave from here at 10, noon, 2 and 4 each day.Please note that due to a £2 million renovation program, the museum will be housed in temporary premises in another location in the Bogside until June 2014. Check in advance by phone or with the tourist office for details.
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