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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In a spectacular pterosaur shaped building on Sandown’s blue flag beach walk back through fossilised time and meet life sized replica dinosaurs
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
Cowes Maritime Museum displays a selection of objects and images which help to tell the story of Cowes and its important maritime heritage.
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...
A spectacularly sited, cliff top fort overlooking The Needles Rocks, in the care of the National Trust.
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.
Home and workplace of the internationally acclaimed Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.
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,
This charitable trust Museum exhibits undercover attractive, historic small craft together with topical displays of maritime history as well as marine craft tools.
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 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...
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.
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
Observatory / Planetarium
Isle of Wight Observatory welcomes visitors interested in finding out about astronomy.
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.