From the Isle of Wight's maritime connections, shipwrecks and smugglers to its 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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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.
Abbey / Priory
Quarr Abbey is a working Benedictine monastery and is set in beautiful and peaceful surroundings and can be found just outside of Ryde.
Discover a hidden underwater world!
Come to Sunken Secrets at Fort Victoria and get closer to fascinating underwater finds from around the Solent.
Open: Tuesday - Saturday (May - September): 10am - 4pm
The museum is a collection of fine marine paintings, nautical instruments and yachting memorabilia gathered by Sir Max & housed in an 18th Century sail maker's loft.
* Private tours can...
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...
In a spectacular pterosaur shaped building on Sandown’s blue flag beach walk back through fossilised time and meet life sized replica dinosaurs
Brading Roman Villa is one of the finest Roman sites in the UK. Our 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.
The Model Railway is an 'all weather' attraction, situated at Fort Victoria near Yarmouth. The layout provides a variety of operations which can be enjoyed by all fascinated by the miniature world of rail. Also a railway model shop.
We are home to the largest collection of post boxes and memrobilia in the country. Individuals or parties are welcome by appointment to view and study this eccentric collection.
Recommended donation £3 per person
Heritage / Visitor Centre
Situated in the historic Royal Victoria Arcade in Ryde, the centre is open to the public all year round. You will find hundreds of items of local interest, video clips, and a photographic archive with many thousands of searchable images,
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...
Heritage / Visitor Centre
A fascinating collection of artifacts, models and photos showing the history of Bembridge – together with a restored PLUTO pump from WW2.
A small museum housed opposite the central car park, showing themed exhibition of historical photographs and artefacts (changed yearly), also models of Ventnor railway within the Victorian era. Many of our own publications for sale...
Observatory / Planetarium
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.
Tucked away in a quiet back street of Sandown is Studio Chaos Art Gallery. Drop in for a chat with Tony while he works away on his art. All his work is spray can art and you can watch him cut out stencils from his hand drawn sketches before laying...
Cowes Maritime Museum displays a selection of objects and images which help to tell the story of Cowes and its important maritime heritage.
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.
Near Calbourne, YARMOUTH
Visit our working studio at Chessell Pottery Barns where you can have a go at painting your own hand made English pottery.
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...
A spectacularly sited, cliff top fort overlooking The Needles Rocks, in the care of the National Trust.