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The Wight Military and Heritage Museum

490 Newport Road, Cowes PO31 8QU, England
+44 1983 632039
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This is a lovely Museum. Their collection is constantly being added to. You can also get hands on... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Geraldine W

The museum was good and lots of army vehicles to explore, there was also tank rides which were... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2017
Carterton, United Kingdom
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The Isle of Wight Military and Heritage Museum is operated by and for a registered charity . The charity uses any excess income from that museum to support ex service personal . It is firmly under the control of a board of trustees with a professional management team in place . This will secure the museum as a living memorial to the sacrifices that ordinary people are , all to often , called upon to make when diplomacy fails and armed conflict breaks out . It brings together items of historical interest and is largely staffed by volunteers who are typically ex service people who regularly give guided tours and talks . It has a cafe and the fully licensed Mess Bar in a former barracks building . The museum is not just a store of artifacts, it aims to be a hub for ex-service personnel to meet , share their knowledge and experience and access services tailored to their needs. The museum also provides volunteer posts for others in need . Any surplus income and donations from the museum go towards furthering these aims.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
490 Newport Road, Cowes PO31 8QU, England
+44 1983 632039
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a lovely Museum. Their collection is constantly being added to. You can also get hands on, driving tanks around a special course. There is a café which is also available to hire for weddings and parties. Staff and volunteers are lovely and very...More

Thank Geraldine W
Reviewed 9 November 2017

The museum was good and lots of army vehicles to explore, there was also tank rides which were extra. The staff was very good and helpfull. overall a good day out. jim17369

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Reviewed 4 November 2017

Visited this attraction with members of the EWPG camera group. It is run by volunteers who are all very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the items that have been displayed. Most of the items are on a permanent loan, and very good mix of the decades....More

Thank Vivienne L
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

We loved our time at this museum. First, the enthusiasm and energy put into running this is based on volunteers. Its not a polished 5 star museum but there is a lot to see and kids can even try on uniforms. We loved "Ginger" who...More

Thank Andrew B
Reviewed 16 October 2017

Spent about two hours there. Very knowledgeable manager. Great selection of exhibits both in military terms and civilian all relating to the two Wars. Some very interesting tanks one of which is unique. Well worth a visit.

Thank HappyofHillHead
Reviewed 11 October 2017

We visited here on a coach trip, and could easily have stayed much longer than allowed. So much to see and reminisce, more for the older members than the younger I feel. Very informative volunteers, huge machinery and a cream tea! What else could anyone...More

Thank Linda R
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Had a great time at this place, the staff are fantastic, patient and willing to tell you about each war machine and their relevance to the world. This place is a must see for all military enthusiasts.

Thank Ayilara O
Reviewed 4 October 2017

With having visited this museum several years ago, and learning that new owners had taken over after the previous owners had run into financial difficulties and the place was closed down. The new owners have obviously spent time and money in updating the museum to...More

Thank David L W
Reviewed 22 September 2017

The trip to this museum was one of the high lights of my year The whole atmosphere around the place is great with everyone we met so cheerful and helpful. We splashed out and Martin took me out on a pre-booked ride on the Centurion...More

Thank nigel3817
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Closed at 4pm so not worth the entrance price by the time we got there, very disappointing. A family group of 5 of us so at £8 each makes it quite an expensive item.

Thank 866yvonnew
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AvrilAlan H
30 January 2017|
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Response from michael o | Reviewed this property |
Hi from what I know they are open most of the time It a small but interesting place you can also take rides in some of the tanks around a track which they have on site.hope this helps
Tipper r
20 July 2016|
Response from michael o | Reviewed this property |
I would say if you are not interested in this type of information from the attendant which I found interesting information as to the history of tanks and there types. You are free to look around yourself...