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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. As of 2019, there are somewhat controversial plans afoot to replace the much-loved downstairs folk gallery with a TT exhibit, but the main part of the Museum still provides a series of glimpses of our fascinating past. From Viking silver to stuffed weasels, 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

Access

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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Day of the Week Opening Hours
Monday 10am to 5pm
Tuesday 10am to 5pm
Wednesday 10am to 5pm
Thursday 10am to 5pm
Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday 10am to 5pm
Sunday 10am to 5pm

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