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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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Museum of Island History

Museum of Island History

Designed by John Nash and built in 1816, the historic Guildhall is home to the Museum of Island History. Discover the Island from pre-historic...

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  1. Add Dinosaur Isle to your Itinerary


    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 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...

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    Add Museum of Island History to your Itinerary


    Designed by John Nash and built in 1816, the historic Guildhall is home to the Museum of Island History.

    Discover the Island from pre-historic past to the present day with:
    * Touch Screen Computers.
    * Hands on Exhibits.
    * Quizzes and Games.
    * Microscopic Exploration.
    The museum has a small...

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    Add Cowes Maritime Museum to your Itinerary


    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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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 Donald McGill Postcard Museum to your Itinerary


    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...

  8. Add Classic Boat Museum Gallery to your Itinerary


    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...

  9. 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 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...