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Isles of Scilly Museum

Church Street | Hugh Town, St. Mary's, TR21 0JT, England
+44 1720 422337
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Best local history museum in UK

As regular visitors to Scilly we always call in to the museum to see the new annual display and go... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Gill S
Craster, United Kingdom
Amazing history of the Isles

My husband and I spent 2 hours here learning aabout the history and people of the isles. Including... read more

Reviewed 13 April 2017
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Exhibits of local interest from pre-history to the present day: the Romano-British brooches and coins from Nornour; the Bryher Sword and Mirror; the Civil War in Scilly; finds from many shipwrecks; model boats; collections of birds, shells and clay pipes; an old Scillonian kitchen and much, much more. The Museum is in Church Street, Hugh Town, St Mary's, half-way between the Town Hall and the Parish Church. We have an excellent reference library and a growing collection of family history records, accessible to the public by appointment with the Curator.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good37%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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“two floors” (7 reviews)
Church Street | Hugh Town, St. Mary's, TR21 0JT, England
+44 1720 422337
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As regular visitors to Scilly we always call in to the museum to see the new annual display and go back to the fantastic collections of archaeology, ship wrecks and social history. Its small, compact and can get very crowded on a rainy day but...More

Thank Gill S
Reviewed 13 April 2017

My husband and I spent 2 hours here learning aabout the history and people of the isles. Including the civil war and ww1 and how the sea rules the lives of those in the Isles

Thank moggydill
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

The staff we're very helpful, they had stair lifts for the disabled all the way round the museum there were chairs to sit on. The history of the Isles was displayed in chronological order with all the ship wrecks, war info, birds, lighthouses etc. Wish...More

Thank Bernard H
Reviewed 8 October 2016

We walked passed this Museum several times as it looked very small and not worth a visit. On our last morning we were persuaded to go. Yes it is small. However if you want to spend an hour and more getting a wide knowledge of...More

Thank Theenglishcritic
Reviewed 8 October 2016

This is an excellent way to pass an hour or two on St. Mary's especially if the weather is wet. The exhibition on 2 floors affords some excellent insights into island life over the centuries. If you are interested in ship wrecks, this is a...More

Reviewed 6 October 2016

This museum, set on two floors, offers a fascinating glimpse into life on the islands from prehistoric times to modern day. There are many exhibits that showcase ancient history, Romano British history, modern history, along with a number of exhibits presenting natural history (as long...More

Thank 342SteveO
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Interesting hour spent looking around this museum. Lots to see but too many stuffed animals! Preferred the social history section, suggest that side is built on and the stuffed animals are filed away.

Thank tinaTruroCornwall
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

A little gem of a museum. If your at all interested in history, be it nautical, prehistory or social & cultural, this little museum has it covered. Two floors chock a block with exhibits, all well explained and in rough chronological order. I was very...More

Thank KaytH3
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Situated on two floors. Full of information about the islands spread over a hundred years or more. Maps of hundreds of shipwrecks around the area. Well worth a visit.

Thank Gordon H
Reviewed 18 August 2016

The Isles of Scilly Museum in Hugh Town is the ideal destination for a rainy day. Packed with information about the islands during the World Wars, the many shipwrecks off Scilly and the history of gig racing, it's easy to pass a couple of hours...More

Thank Alison K
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Brian D
How much money do I need to get in
21 January 2017|
Response from Amanda M | Property representative |
Adults £3.50 Seniors £3 Students £3 Children £1