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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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.
A spectacularly sited, cliff top fort overlooking The Needles Rocks, in the care of the National Trust.
An impressive collection of Island buses and coaches are housed here.
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.
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...
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.
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.
In a spectacular pterosaur shaped building on Sandown’s blue flag beach walk back through fossilised time and meet life sized replica dinosaurs
Discover a hidden underwater world!
Come to Sunken Secrets at Fort Victoria and get closer to fascinating underwater finds from around the Solent.
This charitable trust Museum exhibits undercover attractive, historic small craft together with topical displays of maritime history as well as marine craft tools.
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.
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...
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
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...
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...
Heritage / Visitor Centre
A fascinating collection of artifacts, models and photos showing the history of Bembridge – together with a restored PLUTO pump from WW2.
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,
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 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.
Home and workplace of the internationally acclaimed Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.