The Harbour Museum
Derry’s Harbour Museum gives an insight into the impact that the River Foyle has had on the city.
The Harbour Museum was officially opened as a museum in 1995.
The building, located directly beside the Guildhall and facing onto the River Foyle, is the former office of the Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners.
Dating from 1882, the building has been largely preserved with its original fittings and furnishings including chandeliers and a bespoke Killybegs carpet. The museum is heavily themed around the maritime heritage of the building and organised largely around traditional glass cased displays, in keeping with the character of this environment.
A wide range of paraphernalia pertaining to Derry as a Port is on display, ranging from a full-size reproduction of an ‘Iona Currach’ which Colmcille used to sail from Derry to the Scottish island when he founded his monastery to objects from the ‘Minnehaha’, one of the key emigration ships to operate out of Derry in the famine years.
The Harbour Museum also contains a number of locally important art works, again around a maritime theme, and is important in the role that it plays in highlighting the key role that Derry has played as a Port and Harbour over the years.
A traditional museum, with emphasis on the city’s maritime and riverine connections. Displays also include miscellaneous artefacts which help stimulate a Victorian atmosphere. Temporary exhibitions are regularly displayed.
For futher details contact:
Mr Brian Lacey, Heritage & Museum Service, Habour Square, Derry , Derry.
Phone:+44 28 71377331
Fax: +44 28 71377633
Monday to Friday: 10am to 1pm - 2pm. to 4.30 pm.