Museum of Island History


A skillet - The Island’s Earliest Christian Object

The Isle of Wight Council in partnership with 'Visit Isle of Wight' is pleased to announce the re-opening of the Museum of Island History at the historic Guildhall on Newport High Street after 12 months of closure.

The Museum will open its doors to the public on Monday 7 March 2016 and will once again provide 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.

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.

In the coming weeks the museum will host a number of exciting events, including:

afterWARds (April)

An exhibition of visual media and creative writing pieces by ex-servicemen personnel sharing their experience of war and serving in the armed forces, from the intergenerational project being run by Independent Arts.

Holiday Island (May)

The Museum summer exhibition will be looking at tourism through the ages.

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 service found in the contact tab above or telephone: 01983 823433