The Manx Museum

Opened in 1922, on the site of the old Noble's Hospital, the award-winning Manx Museum is the home of Manx National Heritage and includes the National Art Gallery.

Exhibits span 10,000 years of the Island's social, political and natural history, charting upheaval and unrest alongside fauna and flora. Sadly, the much-loved downstairs folk gallery has been ripped out to be replaced with a TT exhibit (leading to much heated local discussion), but the main part of the Museum still provides many glimpses of our fascinating past. From Viking silver to stuffed badgers, it's packed with engaging and entertaining displays and artifacts.  

There's also an excellent onsite café, the Bay Room. We haven't eaten there in a while, but they describe their cakes as "scrumptious", and who are we to argue? It seems another visit may be needed. Purely for research and verification purposes, of course.

Photo courtesy of Sean Kelly


There are three disability parking spaces immediately opposite the museum's entrance. Inside there are lifts to avoid using stairs. There is a disability toilet on the ground floor.

The museum is accessible by taking the lift to level 8 of Chester Street Car Park and walking across the adjacent footbridge. Access is also available via Crellin’s Hill, although this is a (very) steep walk, and via the Garden Entrance at the bottom of Crellin’s Hill, which has steps and a steep, winding path..

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Opening Hours
Day of the Week Opening Hours
Monday 9.30am to 4.30pm
Tuesday 9.30am to 4.30pm
Wednesday 9.30am to 4.30pm
Thursday 9.30am to 4.30pm
Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm
Saturday 9.30am to 4.30pm
Sunday 9.30am to 4.30pm

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Tynwald Day

National Library and Archives open Wednesday to Saturday 10am - 4.30pm


Published: 17 May 2022

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