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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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10:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Description:

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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Hidden Gem

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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.

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Thank Radiantkitty
Harrow, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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Thank AJChes53
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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 

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1 Thank Helen D
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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 

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1 Thank Jane F
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
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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 

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Thank Daphne W
Bath, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

Very interesting, quaint place with great tee shirts! Good teas and cake. wonderful history of photography and the Fresh Water Circle.

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Thank motherofpearl607
Widnes, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

The south and west of the island held the most interest for me and Dimbola adds something unique. The history of the place is interesting in itself and the photograph is well worth the admission. It also has some great memorabilia from the 1970 rock festival which I attended which is a nice bonus. The volunteer on reception was there... More 

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Thank Rob O
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Tea, coffee, cake and Plowman's lunch for us. Loved the fact the dog was welcomed. Coffee was okay, tea and cake were pretty good. It's worth a visit, it's not a memorable place, but a good stop gap

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Thank James M
Glencoe Village, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Very interesting especially if you are into photography as this appears to be where a significant amount of work happened regarding social media and the art of the portrait. Obviously a camera obscurer would not have been within the financial reach of most but the use put to it by the Lady and the techniques she invented have played its... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Having had several sweltering days it was a pleasant surprise to take refuge from the rain in the Dimbola Museum and contemplate the step-back-in-time it afforded. The house itself had a great smell and feel with its banisters and sash windows. The mix of art and photography prompted us to read and contemplate. The entrance fee seemed expensive but necessary... More 

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