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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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Ryde Heritage Centre

Ryde Heritage Centre

Historic Ryde Society was formed in 2009 to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Royal Victoria Arcade on 1st July 2011, and Ryde District Heritage...

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  1. Add Vectis Astronomical Society to your Itinerary


    Vectis Astronomical Society is a registered charity (No. 1046091)

    VAS Owns and operates the IOW Observatory located at Watery Lane, Newchurch (Nearly opposite Amazon World & Thompsons Garden Centre).

    The observatory is open to the public from about 8.00pm every Thursday (depending on the...

  2. Add Lilliput Antique Doll & Toy Museum to your Itinerary


    This internationally acclaimed museum contains one of the finest collections of antique dolls and toys in Britain. Numbering over 2000 exhibits dating from circa 2000 BC to circa 1945 the collection has been widely exhibited on BBC and ITV and with its rare and unusual playthings, is of interest...

  3. Add Godshill Model Village to your Itinerary


    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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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....