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Dimbola Museum & Galleries

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Address: Terrace Lane | Freshwater Bay, Freshwater PO40 9QE, England
Phone Number:
+44 1938 756814
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 16:00

Home and workplace of celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret...

Home and workplace of celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.

Visit for:

- Year round exhibits celebrating Julia's life and work

- Vintage cameras

- Programme of changing exhibitions

- Victorian dressing-up room

- Isle of Wight Festival displays

- FREE entry to the award-winning Tea Room and Museum Gift Shop

Lively programme of talks and events, check website for further information.

Coach parties and large groups welcome, please book in advance. Group and tour rates available.

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A really interesting little museum, great for a rainy day. The staff were very helpful and very informative about the place. Would definitely go back again. Worth a visit if you... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Holly B
Oxford, United Kingdom
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Truro, United Kingdom
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159 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This museum is well worth a visit. For those interested in the history of photography it is a must. The exhibits on the IoW pop festivals are also interesting but the two themes do not sit happily together. Perhaps there needs to be further thought on their positioning within the building. There is a nice cafe which serves very good... More 

Thank lizbrian
Oxford, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A really interesting little museum, great for a rainy day. The staff were very helpful and very informative about the place. Would definitely go back again. Worth a visit if you have an interest in local history, poetry, photography, music or literature.

Thank Holly B
London, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An uexpected gem - Dimbola Lodge was the site of a thriving mid-1800s artistic/photographic community in Freshwater, Isle of Wight. Great photographs, and an intriguing history largely featuring the work of Julia Margaret Cameron and others. Beautiful character studies with the romantic theme popular at that time, a whiff of scandalous goings on and a completely unexpected connection with Annie... More 

Thank Nova F
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Admittedly, I have only been on one occasion, but that was enough. I have been a photographer for 30 years and living on the Isle of Wight, I really needed to see what was, I hoped, a photographer's place of interest. I was disappointed. Very few exhibits and the ones on show when I attended, were very poor quality. I... More 

Thank BobUK34
Rachel F, Curator at Dimbola Museum & Galleries, responded to this review

Dear BobUK34, I'm disappointed to hear you didn't enjoy your recent visit. We've had lots of positive feedback about the exhibition so I'm sorry it was not to your taste. As you're a local resident please do visit again - our next temporary photography exhibition will open in April featuring the fine art photographer Tim Rudman and we'd be happy... More 

Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

The journey from London to Dimbola took approximately 3 hours. I got on a 9:00 am train from Waterloo Station to Brockenhurst. I transferred to another train (waiting at the station) for Lymington Pier. The ferry ride from Lymington Pier to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight took 30 minutes. I was able to buy a roundtrip ticket, Waterloo to Yarmouth (trains... More 

Thank RoddymacInnes
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Went to this lovely little museum on the way home back to the ferry. I would recommend this to anyone remotely interested in photography - it's fantastic. There's a tearoom, bookshop and of course museum shop, staff are warm friendly and helpful. If you haven't been before, make the effort and go.

Thank Radiantkitty
Harrow, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

really interesting museum in a very accessible place near freshwater bay. ideal for any weather but particularly good on a wet day. nice little cafe.very friendly staff. nice and warm on these colder wintry days now. the art gallery was really interesting and all well placed

Thank AJChes53
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

I have been past this building countless times on various holidays, and have never ventured in. But on my latest I decided to pay a visit. The building itself is amazing - very atmospheric with good views across to the Bay. I enjoyed the time line that described Julia Margaret Camerons life, and the photos were beautiful. I also really... More 

1 Thank Helen D
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Not to be missed if you have any love of photography! Basically the museum covers the beginnings of the photographic art to the present day. There are ever changing exhibitions, and a world of possible contributors, you won't be disappointed. The exhibition areas are on the first floor, accessed by a lovely wooden stairway. One bedroom is set out in... More 

1 Thank Jane F
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
49 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

This museum is quite lovely. Always a good added exhibition or two plus the fascination of early cameras, the early history of photography and the interesting links with the stars of Victorian society. Then the memorabilia of the more recent pop culture and its Island links. Sounds a bit of a mish-mash when written but at Dimbola the various threads... More 

Thank Daphne W

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