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Isle of Wight 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 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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Dinosaur Isle

Dinosaur Isle

Dinosaur Isle is Britain's first purpose built dinosaur attraction just over the sea wall in Sandown where in a spectacularly shaped building...

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  1. 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...

  2. Add The Needles Old Battery & New Battery to your Itinerary

    ALUM BAY

    Needles Old Battery:
    * Spectacularly sited cliff top fort with the best views of The Needles Rocks.
    * Regularly updated exhibitions and displays.
    * Intriguing history brought to life comic-book style.
    * Memorabilia from World War II.
    * Underground tunnel with a unique bird's eye view of The...

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    Add Newport Roman Villa to your Itinerary

    NEWPORT

    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...

  4. Add Dinosaur Isle to your Itinerary

    SANDOWN

    Dinosaur Isle is Britain's first purpose built dinosaur attraction just over the sea wall in Sandown where in a spectacularly shaped building reminiscent of a Pterosaur flying across the cretaceous skies you can walk back through fossilised time to the period of the dinosaurs 120 million years ago....

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    Add Isle of Wight Steam Railway to your Itinerary

    HAVENSTREET

    CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR TICKET ON-LINE (SAVE by booking online in advance of your visit).

    Inspiring, Surprising and Award-Winning … Equally appealing to adults and families, your visit to The Isle of Wight Steam Railway will charm, engage and captivate, leaving you with some lasting memories of...

  6. 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...

  7. Add Island Planetarium to your Itinerary

    YARMOUTH

    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

    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 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...

  10. Add Godshill Model Village to your Itinerary

    GODSHILL

    This beautiful Model Village nestles in the grounds of the Old Vicarage. Set in nearly two acres of gorgeous landscaped gardens this is a real retro find - a quintessentially English visitor attraction. You will find scale models of Shanklin and Godshill villages as they were in the 1920's. Our...