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Museum nan Eilean

Lews Castle Grounds, Stornoway HS2 0XS, Scotland
+44 1851 822746
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Must Visit Place!

Really nicely laid out exhibitions. Staff all exceptionally pleasant and helpful. Highly... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hugh H
Hawick, United Kingdom
Interesting small museum - including the chessmen

The highlight of the museum must be the few Lewis chessman on display. Iconic reminders of the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
London, United Kingdom
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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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  • Poor1%
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+44 1851 822746
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Really nicely laid out exhibitions. Staff all exceptionally pleasant and helpful. Highly recommended in a town that has little to offer!

Thank Hugh H
Reviewed 1 week ago

The highlight of the museum must be the few Lewis chessman on display. Iconic reminders of the discovory in Uig. The museum uses digital displays and the room with the sights and sounds of the local sea and land is lovely. However, some of the...More

Thank Bellou2
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a good visit to this growing "Museum nan Eilean" right next to a cafe within Lews Castle itself. The current sized museum would take a little over an hour to appreciate, with everything on display being show cased to the standard that can...More

Thank Paul I
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I think this museum is superb. It is an excellent place to start a visit to the Isle of Lewis. The building and restoration of Lews Castle is impressive. The cafe and gift shop is also excellent.. but why is the sign posting so poor?...More

Thank JohannaCEF
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Be sure that you are in the museum and not the castle then just enjoy a small number of interesting displays. The projected scenery room is tranquil, the geology room is fascinating and the main 'cultural room' is varied and interesting. Well done for a...More

Thank timjed
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Museum nan Eilean is probably the best small museum that I've ever visited, and we had a thorough introduction to various elements of the culture/history of the Outer Hebrides in our ~hour visit. The exhibits have been curated to a very high standard -...More

Thank JSW390
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

Really lovley museum and very well looked after !! Staff were kind. Suggest donation if your visiting. There is a starbucks cafe within the building

Thank Beth D
Reviewed 16 May 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed visiting this museum, although usually I avoid museums. A new venue, lots of interesting information!ation about the Hebrides and of course the Chessmen.

Thank Pam D
Reviewed 10 May 2017

Exciting to see the Lewis Chess Pieces - 800 years old and the oldest pieces ever discovered. Entrance free.

Thank RosieandPete
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

My friends and I are staying at the newly opened and renovated Lewis Castle on Lewis & Harris island in the outer Hebrides. We had a beautifully appointed self catering apartment with views of the sea and harbor, as well as the parkland grounds! It...More

Thank Mei Lan W
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I'm confused as to the location of this Museum and how to get there. Is it now in the Lews Castle? I can find the Lews Castle College on my Google map, Is that the location of the Museum also? Please tell me how you got there. PharmDoc8
28 August 2015|
Response from museumnaneilean2016 | Property representative |
The museum is now located in a new building next to Lews Castle and adjacent to Lews Castle College. The museum is open 1 April - 30 September 10am - 5pm Tuesday - Saturday, and 1 October to 31 March 1pm to 5pm Tuesday... More