The Manx Museum is bursting with artefacts and treasures unique to the Isle of Man. The Island’s 10,000 year history is presented through film, galleries and interactive displays. The perfect starting point on your journey of discovery around our Island and its Viking and Celtic past.

The museum opened in 1922, in a building that was formerly Noble's Old Hospital. It was expanded and remodeled during 1986-89.


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Founded: 1922
Category: Museums in United Kingdom


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Daniel Starling (18 months ago)
I’m not sure what my expectations were before heading into this museum. Sometimes museums can be underwhelming or they can be fantastic. I’m pleased to say that the Manx Museum is the latter. Set just above the city centre and accessed via a walkway from the nearby car park, The Manx Museum had a large number of exhibits set out like a timeline of the island. From the first inhabitants, to the modern day. I went with my children aged one and three, whilst the one-year-old had a good time running around, my three-year-old was genuinely interested in the exhibits. If you’re visiting the island, especially if you are coming by boat, you can’t miss this. The museum is within walking distance of the doc doc so you can always visit it on your way home.
Sarah Clough (18 months ago)
We went for a quick look round on our way out for a day trip and ended up spending half the day here! Can't believe how much there is inside. Lovely hands on displays for the kids and he really enjoyed the Viking displays. Extremely comprehensive history of the island, from prehistoric times to the present day.
Tony Withers (18 months ago)
Wonderful visit and great to learn about the history of the isle of man. Well laid out and much bigger than you would expect. The food available in the Bay Cafe is truly wonderful and all freshly made. Make sure you use the lift in Chester Street car park for easy access as the hill upto it is very steep
Simon Proudman (19 months ago)
Great introduction to the Isle of Man. Displays from prehistoric, to Viking times and up to the current day make it worth a visit. The twenty minute film, shown on the hour, is also well worth watching, and is a good way to start your visit. Easiest way to visit from the promenade is to go into the multi-storey car park beneath it, and catch the lift up to the small connecting bridge.
Blindly Going (19 months ago)
After getting past the confusing signs and finally finding this museum I was really impressed. Free entry and really good collection of things. Way more areas to look at than I expected. You can make a donation, which I did because I thought it was a good place to visit during the rain. Not 100% accessibility to all areas for wheelchair users, but most of it seemed to have step free access. The gallery had quite large print info for visually impaired visitors. I'm not sure if they have large print maps or an audio tour, but these would be good additions.
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