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Address: Lews Castle Grounds, Stornoway HS2 0XS, Scotland
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+44 1851 822746
13:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Fri 13:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00

Located in a modern purpose built extension to the restored Lews Castle,...

Located in a modern purpose built extension to the restored Lews Castle, the new Museum nan Eilean opened on 14 July 2016. Admission is free of charge. This is the first Gaelic led Museum in Europe, with interpretation also provided in English.

Exciting new galleries look at the stories of the Islands and the Islanders. Visitors can:

•Discover the distinctiveness of the Outer Hebrides, shaped by a unique combination of land, sea and people.

•Hear about people’s lives; the diversity of experience, opinion and perception of living life on the Islands.

•Find out how people have lived and worked from the earliest times until the present day and how culture has been and continues to be expressed through the Gaelic language, work, religion, and community life.

•View the Outer Hebrides as never before in a wrap-around audio-visual presentation which takes the visitor on a journey across the islands to experience our natural environment at all times of year, day and night.

Significant loans from National Museums Scotland and the British Museum, including the world-famous Lewis Chessmen, alongside unique items from the local collection set the modern culture of the Islands in the historic context.

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Beautiful bright displays

A small but beautifully presented museum with lots of interactive displays. Great to hide out away from the weather!

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A small but beautifully presented museum with lots of interactive displays. Great to hide out away from the weather!

Thank Caroline P
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a really nice museum to visit. The architecture is in keeping with the castle. The Lewis Chessmen are the main attraction and the other exhibits are nicely displayed. The audio visual film is also worth a view. Really recommend,

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I missed seeing this on my last trip, and now I am glad I waited. The museum is small, but offers a nice view of the world of the Outer Hebrides, including a three-sided video of the islands that was fun - we kept seeing places we'd been. They have also recently added a half-dozen of the Lewis chessmen -... More 

Thank hfulghum
Lossiemouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was very impressed with tis newly opened Museum. With 6 of The Lewis Chessmen back on home ground the virtual visit round and over the Island has to experienced to believe.

Thank davjo3
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

Like the castle there are few signs and once you get there your not sure where to go as the entrance looks nothing like a museum, but the Starbucks sign was well placed. Once inside it looks even more like an insurance office, I had to ask if it was a museum. The displays are small but very interesting. It's... More 

Thank jmdcat
Isle of Lewis
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

The new museum at Lews Castle is a really nice new modern facility to showcase the history of the island. It can be viewed over a shorter or longer period, and is well organised to cater for everyone. The problem that I and many have observed is the failure to grasp the opportunity to showcase local crafts in the shop.... More 

Thank ooglewoogle
Farnham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 December 2016

This is not a huge museum but you need to allow plenty of time to do it justice. There is a lot to see.

Thank Pamela M
Stornoway, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 December 2016

Found this very interesting looking at all the old things from the past to do with the island. The whole castle looks stunning since being renovated.

Thank lesleywalker2014
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 December 2016

The museum isn't large, but if you're interested in history and archaeology of the Isle of Lewis, you have to visit it. Go to see the newly renovated castle rooms as well, just go through the cafe to the back, or ask the staff. The cafe is even open on a Sunday!

Thank Susanne S
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

Modernised museum with a wide range of exhibits. We especially liked seeing some of the chessmen, all of whom used to be in London or Edinburgh. Easy parking, lovely setting.

Thank Trevor M

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