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Dinosaur Isle Museum

Isle of Wight museums and art galleries offer the perfect window into the deep and varied history of the Island, and its rich arts and culture.

From the Isle of Wight's maritime connections, shipwrecks and smugglers to it's significant World War 2 contribution and Roman ruins there is a whole wealth of history history to explore in our varied selection of museums. Similarly the Island's inspiring surroundings, light and atmosphere has seen the creation of some fantastic art and photography over the years, some of which you can find housed in our great selection of galleries.

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Classic Boat Museum

Classic Boat Museum

This charitable trust Museum exhibits undercover attractive, historic small craft together with topical displays of maritime history as well as...

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  1. Add Classic Boat Museum to your Itinerary

    EAST COWES

    This charitable trust Museum exhibits undercover attractive, historic small craft together with topical displays of maritime history as well as marine craft tools. The collection now includes a number of Island lifeboats, some classic power boats and personal craft of Uffa Fox. The restoration...

  2. Add Brading Roman Villa to your Itinerary

    BRADING

    Brading Roman Villa is one of the finest Roman sites in the UK. The award-winning visitor centre and museum offers a unique insight into Roman life in Britain from beautifully preserved mosaic floors to an extensive collection of Roman archaeology including coins, pottery and tools. The villa...

  3. Add St. Catherines Lighthouse - Trinity House to your Itinerary

    VENTNOR

    Situated at the Island's most southerly point, the Lighthouse offers an unique experience for the whole family. It was built in 1840 and automated in 1997. The light has a range of 26 sea miles.

    Climb the 94 steps to the top of the tower and enjoy spectacular views of the south side of the...

  4. Add Sir Max Aitken Museum to your Itinerary

    WEST COWES

    Open: Tuesday - Saturday (May - September): 10am - 4pm

    The museum is a collection of fine marine paintings, nautical instruments and yachting memorabilia gathered by Sir Max & housed in an 18th Century sail maker's loft.

    * Private tours can be arranged out of season (no minimum capacity).
    *...

  5. Add Ventnor Heritage Museum to your Itinerary

    VENTNOR

    A small museum housed opposite the central car park, showing themed exhibition of historical photographs and artefacts (changed yearly), also models of Ventnor railway within the Victorian era. Many of our own publications for sale.

    OPENING:
    Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 - 16:30
    Monday and...

  6. Add Classic Boat Museum Gallery to your Itinerary

    EAST COWES

    The Gallery is 100 yards across the road from the Classic Boat Museum on the seafront in East Cowes and we display a wide variety of maritime yachting, sailing, and historical photos, models, trophies and books, most with local associations of the history of boating over the past century. We are...

  7. Add North Street, Brighstone - Village Library & Museum to your Itinerary

    BRIGHSTONE

    The picturesque thatched vernacular and much photographed Grade II listed cottages owned by the National Trust in North Street include the Community Library and a free museum which brings to life the traditions of the local people and the brave lifeboat men of years past.

    Next door is Myrtle...

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    Add Dimbola Museum and Galleries to your Itinerary

    FRESHWATER BAY

    Home and workplace of the internationally acclaimed Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.

    A pioneer of photography as a fine art, Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) was a woman ahead of her time, renowned for her portraits of ‘famous men and fair women’, many of which were created at...

  9. Add Quarr Abbey to your Itinerary

    RYDE

    You can see Quarr Abbey from the car ferry to Fishbourne, nestling among the trees on the shore. Passengers visiting the Island enjoy taking various guesses at what it could be.

    Quarr Abbey is home to a small group of Benedictine monks who strive to dedicate their lives to the glory of God, and...

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    Add Donald McGill Postcard Museum to your Itinerary

    RYDE

    The purpose of this museum is to pay homage to Donald McGill, who spent his life creating original artworks for the then thriving postcard industry.

    Donald created over 12,000 postcards from 1904 till his death in 1962. Donald's Cards depict anything and everyone - his watchful eye never missed...