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The Wight Military and Heritage Museum

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Address: 490 Newport Road, Cowes PO31 8QU, England
Phone Number: +44 1983 632039
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Isle of Wight Military and Heritage Museum is operated by and for a...

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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Good few hours spent

Found this little museum a good place to ease a few hours and enjoy looking around at not only British tanks but has some Russian stuff as well

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Found this little museum a good place to ease a few hours and enjoy looking around at not only British tanks but has some Russian stuff as well

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Attended the museum today with one teen and husband. All the staff working were helpful and we'll informed. May have to return again to go on the tank ride.

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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

What a great little place to visit! Fun and interactive with helmets to try on and guns to hold! Not totally overwhelming with information like other places which was good. The firing range was great fun ( additional small charge) Super friendly staff Great little cafe attached with reasonable prices Definitely worth a visit for an hour or two And... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

My dad loves all things militaria so we visited this museum as it was close to where we were staying. they have a number of military vehicles and weapons a well as uniforms and other interesting artefacts. It isn't the largest of museums, but it looks as though they are in the process of expanding by some of the work... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Great place to spend a wet morning. Came at least 10 years ago more things to see nice little cafe and gift shop.

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Thank Anthony W
Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Ample parking. Bit pricey at £7 each as only spent about an hour there. Good wander down memory lane and interesting looking at the vehicles. We were the only people there which was a shame

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bournemouth
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Almost missed entrance as no signs until you reach entrance so look out for large signs on grass bank. ( no brown attraction signs seen). Rusty tank in large car park, Don,t turn around though. This place is well worth a visit! Yes Kids you can hold the machine gun! Street scene packed with 40,s goods. Large vehicle hall, work... More 

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Thank treadheadd200
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

visited here with husband,thought £7 each was bit pricey but it does go to upkeep of exhibits for future generations to see,its not a huge place but there is a lot packed in,theres lots of vehicles to look and touch,plenty to read about, nice little café,

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Just been and had a really good time. We took a ride in the tank and had a go on the shooting range .the kids just loved the fact thay could try hats on and hold real weapons. The staff here are so friendly and full of facts and knowledge. Well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Some amazing vehicles and treasure's from the past. If you get a staff member to talk you through the history it gets very interesting. My son loved the shooting range.

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