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Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

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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North Street, Brighstone - Village Library & Museum

North Street, Brighstone - Village Library & Museum

The picturesque thatched vernacular and much photographed Grade II listed cottages owned by the National Trust in North Street include the Community...

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  1. Add Island Planetarium to your Itinerary


    The Island Planetarium offers a fascinating journey through time & space; stimulating your imagination & mind, in our astrodome theatre & exhibition.

    This man-made Universe will take you places you have never been before, from the surface of the Moon to the depth of outer space in our immersive...

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    Add Dimbola Museum and Galleries to your Itinerary


    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...

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


    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 Newport Roman Villa to your Itinerary


    When the owners of a nearby house sank new foundations for a garage in 1926, they discovered something that they found to be unusual. It was the site of a Roman farmhouse that had been built around the year 280 AD. Subsequent excavations revealed that this was a major find and told archaeologists...

  5. Add Chessell Pottery Barns to your Itinerary

    Near Calbourne, YARMOUTH

    Visit our award winning (My Isle of Wight Award - Best Place to get Crafty 2013) working studio at Chessell Pottery Barns where you can have a go at painting your own hand made English pottery. You don’t have to be an artist as we have our own unique range of decorating sponges that are very easy...

  6. Add Quay Arts to your Itinerary


    The Quay Arts Centre is the Isle of Wight’s leading art gallery and venue for live arts events. It is situated in a converted 19th Century brewery warehouse complex located at the head of the River Medina in the centre of Newport.

    The complex was refurbished in 1997 by award winning architect...

  7. Add Quarr Abbey to your Itinerary


    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...

  8. Add Brading Roman Villa to your Itinerary


    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...

  9. Add Fort Victoria Marine Aquarium to your Itinerary


    The Aquarium aims to allow visitors to come face to face with many of the amazing creatures found both in the seas around the Island and tropical reefs. In the local tanks you can see beautiful sea anemones, fearsome Spiny Spider crabs and improbably shaped pipefish. A favourite is the Cuttlefish...

  10. Add Bembridge Heritage Centre to your Itinerary


    The Bembridge Heritage Centre was formed in 1996 and our main objective being to record and display the local history and heritage of Bembridge in our Heritage Centre which is located in a separate building at the rear of the Library (junction of High Street & Church Road).

    We are open from...