The City of Derry has had a historically turbulent past, but now all that is over, its more about celebrating its historic past than reliving it. The Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall is not only a tribute to the 13 brave gentleman who attempted to close the gates of the city back in 1688. The memorial hall museum is also a testament to all those who perished within the walls during the many months of that siege. I really liked the fact that this museum does not set out to offend but more to tell a factual story of what happened on that day and for many days after. There is lots to see here and I think although Derry is an quite adult city this museum is suitable for all ages. I think a walk around the walls isn't complete without a visit to the Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall.
Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall
The Apprentice Boys of Derry Museum and Exhibition is a permanent display of the history of the "Siege of Londonderry" and of the Associated Clubs of the Apprentice Boys of Derry located in the Memorial Hall.
Opened in 2007, the main part of the exhibition is the dedicated display space on the first floor. This presents the history of the Siege of Derry and explains the development of the Apprentice Boys Association and the background to the modern celebrations. On the ground floor there is a display space with exhibits from the more recent history of Londonderry and Northern Ireland.
In addition to the museum and exhibition, visitors can view one of the finest collections of meeting rooms used by the "Loyal Orders". There is a separate room for each of the orders: Apprentice Boys of Derry, Orange Order, Women's Orange and the Royal Black Institution.
Tour guides are on hand to answer any questions and give more in-depth explanations of our Association and history.
The Memorial Hall is currently undergoing major interior renovation work during 2014. The Exhibition has been relocated to 16 Bishop Street, Londonderry during this period.
13 Society Street,
Londonderry, Northern Ireland, BT48 6PJ
Telephone: 028-7134-7630 / 07713-273011