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.
In a spectacular pterosaur shaped building on Sandown’s blue flag beach walk back through fossilised time and meet life sized replica dinosaurs
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...
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...
Home and workplace of the internationally acclaimed Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.
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...
Local historical and nautical exhibition, models, artefacts, antique engravings and photographs depicting Victorian and Edwardian Ventnor.
Blakes Longshoremen have been protecting Ventnor Beach since 1830 and are best known now for providing...
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 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.
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.
An impressive collection of Island buses and coaches are housed here.
Observatory / Planetarium
Isle of Wight Observatory welcomes visitors interested in finding out about astronomy.
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Visit our working studio at Chessell Pottery Barns where you can have a go at painting your own hand made English pottery.
Discover a hidden underwater world!
Come to Sunken Secrets at Fort Victoria and get closer to fascinating underwater finds from around the Solent.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.