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Donald McGill Archive & Museum

Royal Victoria Arcade | Union Street, Ryde PO33 2DU, England
+44 1983 717435
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What a treat

I have known about the art of Donald McGill for many years but was not aware of this collection... read more

Reviewed 16 April 2017
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Donald McGill Museum - saucy postcard maestro!

Even if you didn't know who he was, you'd be impressed by the scale of McGill's work. It's a fairly... read more

Reviewed 26 January 2017
David B
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Our museum pays homage to Donald McGill, who spent his life creating comic artworks for the then thriving postcard industry. Donald created over 12,000 postcards from 1904 till his death in 1962.You will find that Donald's Cards will depict anything and everyone, his watchful eye never missed a humorous situation as he witnessed the years as they rolled through the 20th century.
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Royal Victoria Arcade | Union Street, Ryde PO33 2DU, England
+44 1983 717435
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

I have known about the art of Donald McGill for many years but was not aware of this collection until looking for things to do on my short visit to Ryde. Donald McGill was the master of saucy seaside postcards, a number of which were...More

Thank NB1957
Reviewed 26 January 2017

Even if you didn't know who he was, you'd be impressed by the scale of McGill's work. It's a fairly new museum but already there is lots of material on display including the infamous banned postcards. Staff are enthusiastic & knowledgeable and there's a great...More

Thank David B
Reviewed 4 November 2016

We stumbled across the museum by accident as we were looking at vintage and bric a brac shops. The two gentlemen were very helpful in explaining the museum to us. There are literally thousands of postcards to see and the ryde museum is joined to...More

Thank colgmar51
Reviewed 22 September 2016

I have always loved these cards and there is quite a good selection here. Why did they ever go? takes you back to a happier and less restricted time

Thank underwood683
Reviewed 7 August 2016

nice arcade with historic memoribeliba shops but they seem to shut at 4!! so get there early including the coffee shop

Thank chris c
Reviewed 7 August 2016

We stumbled across this combined museum at the bottom of a lovely arcade off Union Street having always wondered about the dusty old shop on the promenade saying it had been raide back in 1953 because of tge Donald McGill postcards. The museum, run by...More

Thank Miriamj60
Reviewed 19 July 2016

Very pleased to find this open on a Sunday as nearly everything else in the high street including the rest of this lovely arcade was closed. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit especially looking at Old Ryde and all the little rooms in the museum part...More

Thank Barbara T
Reviewed 10 July 2016

This is our third visit to the Donald McGill Postcard Museum and it still provided much amusement. We tittered and laughed our way round the postcard displays. The Heritage Museum was extremely interesting and very well thought out. Lots of displays and a wide variety...More

Thank onehappytraveller1
Reviewed 2 July 2016

We were staying on the Isle of Wight, 1 day we were in Ryde, so went to see the Donald McGill Archive & Museum. We were Not disappointed. There are so many Cards to see & read, it would take you hours to read them...More

Thank Roger97544
Reviewed 22 June 2016

This museum was my my to-do list when visiting the island, but I would never have found it without help from our hosts! It is underground, down a flight of stairs, but there is a chairlift for less mobile visitors. I have never seen so...More

Thank vegas227
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