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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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Cowes Maritime Museum

Cowes Maritime Museum

This small museum situated in Cowes library began in the 1970’s when library staff began collecting plans, photographs and models from the ship...

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    Add Cowes Maritime Museum to your Itinerary

    WEST COWES

    This small museum situated in Cowes library began in the 1970’s when library staff began collecting plans, photographs and models from the ship building firm J. Samuel Whites. The collection now incorporates all aspects of local maritime activity from shipbuilding to sailing. The museum displays a...

  2. 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...

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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...

  4. Add Blakes Longshoremen - Ventnor Historical & Nautical Exhibition  to your Itinerary

    VENTNOR

    Local historical and nautical exhibition, models, artefacts, antique engravings and photographs depicting Victorian and Edwardian Ventnor.

    Blakes Longshoremen have been protecting Ventnor Beach since 1830 and are best known now for providing modified Victorian beach huts, deck chairs sun...

  5. Add Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum to your Itinerary

    RYDE

    An impressive collection of Island buses and coaches dating from 1927 to more recent examples are housed here. Unfortunately, there are several vehicles that are not on display as space dictates the layout of the museum, but the vehicles are rotated around so often allowing other exhibits to be...

  6. Add Island Planetarium to your Itinerary

    YARMOUTH

    The Island Planetarium has been "Reaching for the Stars" for over 20 years, offering 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...

  7. Add SHIPWRECK CENTRE & Maritime Museum to your Itinerary

    ARRETON

    Located within a thriving craft village, the centre houses the largest exhibition of its kind in the UK. Bursting with thousands of relics from shipwrecks and "Treasures from the Deep" including beautiful "Pieces of Eight", Spanish Gold, and items salvaged from galleons, steamships and wartime...

  8. 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 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...

  10. 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...