Museum of Island History


A skillet - The Island’s Earliest Christian Object

Visit Isle of Wight re-opened the Tourist Information Centre at the front of the museum in the summer of 2015, which has created the opportunity to work in partnership with the Council, to provide front of house duties.

The Isle of Wight Council in partnership with 'Visit Isle of Wight' re-opened the Museum of Island History on Monday 7 March 2016 at the historic Guildhall on Newport High Street after 12 months of closure.

The Museum provides a fascinating exploration of Island history from the time of the dinosaurs to the present day.  Visitors can view incredible objects highlighting the Island’s diverse historical past; including hands on displays and the latest archaeological finds, as well as visit a range of exciting, changing exhibitions throughout the year.

Exhibition - Holiday Island

The Museum’s summer exhibition explores the Island’s popularity as a tourist destination through the ages.

The island has been a popular destination since visits to the seaside were first suggested as a health cure in the 1750s.

On display are eight paintings from the Rowlandson collection depicting a gentleman’s tour in the 1790s.  There is an extensive slide show of black and white pictures from the 1900s and a short history of bathing huts. Children can design and colour in their own postcards inspired by the selection on display.

In addition, the museum will host many free entry community days throughout the year, with guided tours, displays and family activities.  A community display case will also be available for local groups to create their own mini exhibitions, with space for groups to display larger displays in the winter season.

For any enquiries about our collections please contact the Curator of Human History by using the 'Send a message to this service' tab found in the 'Contact' tab above or telephone using the number provided in the 'Contact' tab.