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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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.
Cowes Maritime Museum displays a selection of objects and images which help to tell the story of Cowes and its important maritime heritage.
Model / Miniature Village
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.
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 a special day out.
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.
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...
This charitable trust Museum exhibits undercover attractive, historic small craft together with topical displays of maritime history as well as marine craft tools.
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...
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...
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...
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,
On the edge of Newport town centre, the remains of this Roman farmhouse are well worth discovering. The villa has one of the finest bath suites in southern England and there are hands on activities for all of the family.
A spectacularly sited, cliff top fort overlooking The Needles Rocks, in the care of the National Trust.
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...
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...
An impressive collection of Island buses and coaches are housed here.
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's Cards depict anything and everyone - his watchful eye never missed a humorous situation.
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.
Home and workplace of the internationally acclaimed Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.
Discover a hidden underwater world!
Come to Sunken Secrets at Fort Victoria and get closer to fascinating underwater finds from around the Solent.