Museum of Island History


A skillet - The Island’s Earliest Christian Object

The Museum of Island History is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays (10.30am – 4.00pm).

Welcome to the Museum of Island History.  Located in Newport’s historic Guildhall, the museum explores the history of the Isle of Wight from the time of the dinosaurs to the present day.

The museum is open all year round on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  It provides something for all the family.

Discover the process of fossilisation and touch real fossils.  Computers illustrate the history of the island.  Microscopes can be used to observe a range of small artefacts in incredible detail.  Amazing archaeology on display includes the Anglo-Saxon skillet, the Island’s earliest Christian object (see picture).

The gallery houses temporary exhibitions, which explore aspects of the island and its history.  This allows the museum service to display objects from its collections, which are not on permanent display.

To visit the Museum of Island History, make a booking and discover our opening times please click in the contact tab above.