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The Wight Military and Heritage Museum

490 Newport Road, Cowes PO31 8QU, England
+44 1983 632039
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Nice bit of history.

A lovely little place nice helpful staff. Not a bad price lots of things to entertain the kids... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Helen M
Darwen, United Kingdom
via mobile
Museum military

What can I say it was great with friendly staff only to happy to help. Knowledge was excellent and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hatfield, 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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  • Average7%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
490 Newport Road, Cowes PO31 8QU, England
+44 1983 632039
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A lovely little place nice helpful staff. Not a bad price lots of things to entertain the kids. Good information about each vehicle. Takes about an hour to go round completely.

Thank Helen M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What can I say it was great with friendly staff only to happy to help. Knowledge was excellent and they were happy to let the children sit in the ranks and hold equipment. They do rides on certain days of the week weather permitting. They...More

1  Thank barbar9060
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fascinating look at world war one and two equipment from tanks to gas masks to what was in the shops during the wars. It is not only militaria, but all sorts of bits and bobs of a bygone era. It is great...More

Thank michaelharris84
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This isn't usually my type of thing, but my husband was keen to go so we went along with our 2 young children. I was very pleasantly surprised. There was quite a selection of things to see and many tanks and other military vehicles. However...More

1  Thank Laura P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the museum, very helpful volunteers ready to tell you about the vast collection of military vehicles and WW2 memorabilia. My husband and son loved being thrown around the track on their trip in the armoured personnel vehicle. Even our...More

Thank Jowil106
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderfull exhibition, staff most friendly and helpful, large display of vehicles and options to go out in various vehicles for a small charge, but only up to midday, a great place to visit

Thank fred b
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited here with my 6 year old son and his nan and spent around 2 hours here which did include an APC ride and also a snack at "Churchills". I cannot find any fault with the museum at all. What I didn't realise is that...More

3  Thank Dan B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Surprising highlight of a recent family holiday. It's run by a group of extremely enthusiastic and knowledgable volunteers who deserve huge praise for curating such a nice collection of items big and small. Grab one of them and pick their brains, you'll be educated and...More

Thank Tufty1977
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited on 20th July as a family of 2 adults and 2 boys aged 9 & 7. We all had a lovely day which was made extra special by the volunteer guides in the museum. Our guide was Ernie and he was full of knowledge....More

1  Thank MrsGandFamily
Reviewed 11 July 2017

This is a brilliant place for nostalgia. The exhibition of household items from years gone by is wonderful as are the military exhibits. The volunteers are welcoming and knowledgable and love to chat. The food is really good and very reasonably priced. Do make time...More

Thank gigboatqueen
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AvrilAlan H
31 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...