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Winter opening times

The museum is open every day between 11 am and 3 pm from November to February. But we do not close the doors on visitors if they wish to stay a little later. We are pleased to see you!

Welcome to the museum

There are over 1000 pieces on show on two floors, including many unique and never before seen pieces from glass maker's archives. On the ground floor we showcase the Island's many glass studios, including Isle of Wight Studio Glass, Diamond Isle Sculptured Glass, Glory Art Glass and Alum Bay Glass as well as related studios such as Jonathan Harris Studio Glass. We also have a stunning collection of Mdina glass from the period between 1968 and 1972, many pieces signed by Michael Harris. There are designs by Michael from the 1950s and when he was at the Royal College of Art in London in the 1960s too. We also have a fascinating and growing collection of French, German and British Art Deco as well as Victorian glass on the first floor.

Museum redevelopment

The museum opened in March 2016 after a great deal of work. But we are not standing still. Our aim is to continually improve the visitor experience as resources allow. Currently we are planning extensive changes to greatly enhance the visitor experience. These include a more exciting layout, storyboards and graphics, touch screen computers full of helpful information for visitors to use, and a library.

We are aiming to install these improvements during December 2017 to February 2018. During this time the museum will remain open, but on some days we will be moving things around and installing equipment and displays. We may have to temporarily restrict access to parts of the museum while these works are carried out. Our aim is keep these to an absolute minimum. No matter what, there is always something interesting to see at the museum.

As part of the redevelopment work the museum shop will be closed from December 2017 to February 2018. But online sales will continue uninterrupted via this web site.

Free wifi in the museum

Wifi is free in the museum. Just ask for the password.

Glass jewellery workshops

Julie Ann Gaterell, our education programme director, holds workshops on making dichroic fused glass jewellery. If you are interested, please contact Julie Ann directly.

Julie Ann Arts Dichroic Fused Glass Jewellery Workshop

What's New

New exhibits

Huge Renaissance II footed platter

Renaissance II footed platter designed by Jonathan Harris for Isle of Wight Studio Glass. It is a massive 47 cm in diameter, 8 cm high, with a foot 11.5 cm in diameter. This is an extremely rare piece. It is likely that only a handful were made.

Etling triangular bowl

This triangular bowl was made for Edmond Etling in the 1920s and is numbered 93 in the Choisy-le-Roi catalogue. It measures about 22 cm corner to corner and is 3.5 cm high.

Trial Azurene vase made by Michael Harris or Chris Hotton

A unique Isle of Wight Studio Glass Azurene 'Black' freeblown vase, 19 cm high x 20 cm at the widest point, made by Michael Harris or Chris Hotton as a trial piece about 1978-79, with impressed 'flame' pontil to the base, as shown on page 85 of Michael Harris: Mdina Glass & Isle of Wight Studio Glass, by Mark Hill. This vase was formerly in the Mark Hill collection.

Mdina button top fish vase by Michael Harris

Cobalt blue Mdina button top fish vase made by Michael Harris probably in early 1969. The button top is characteristic of the earliest fish vases made at Mdina.

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Blog

Collection of Sabino glass acquired - 25 Nov 2017 16:55

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The museum recently acquired a dozen pieces of opalescent glass animals and sculptures by Sabino of Paris to add to the growing collection of Art Deco glass made by French contemporaries such as Etling, D'Avesn, Verlys and Lalique. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

Article in The Glass Association magazine - 02 Nov 2017 22:27

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An article about the museum was publsihed in the Spring/Summer 2017 edition of The Glass Cone, the magazine of The Glass Association. The Chairman of the Association, Brian Clarke, has given permission to reproduce the article here - PDF 4.15 MB. We hope you enjoy reading it. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

Museum acquires unique collection of Victoriana - 19 Oct 2017 22:31

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The museum has a small and growing collection of Victorian glass. But the Victoriana we are talking about here is not over a hundred years old! We bought the first piece from the range in 2011 and thought it would be impossible to add to it. But amazingly we recently acquired four more pieces. Just two other pieces in the range are known. It is quite possible they are all unique. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

Award winning glass jewellery maker now exhibiting - 03 Sep 2017 11:31

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Snow Queen necklace by Linda Newnham

Award winning glass jewellery maker Linda Newnham is exhibiting some of her amazing jewellery designs at the museum. We are delighted she has chosen us as the first public exhibition of her work. I recently interviewed Linda about how she started out making glass and the things that inspire her designs - it makes for interesting reading. Additionally, she has kindly provided several pictures of her work presented here in a gallery. I am sure you will agree with me that the jewellery is absolutely stunning! - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

Online shop can now take online payments - 01 May 2017 18:37

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We are pleased to announce that our online shop can now take card payments and bank transfers directly online using a service provided by PayPal. Please note that a PayPal account is not required but it will simplify the payment process if you have one. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

New greetings cards with exclusive design - 14 Dec 2016 22:23

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The museum has had a greetings card exclusively designed for us by Simon Sonsino, well known for his textual art. The museum wanted something unique and what Simon came up with is exceptional. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

Signs, more signs, and even more signs! - 07 Aug 2016 13:20

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Isle of Wight Glass Museum directional sign

The museum is working hard to improve the visitor experience. Clearly, visitors need to find us and once in the museum know what they are looking at. To help with that the museum commissioned a series of directional signs at Arreton Barns and signs inside the museum. They are now in place. And they look great! - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

Staff changes at the museum - 10 Jul 2016 19:49

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After three months as coordinator, Bernadette Connolly decided to leave the museum. But we welcome Nicola Harris and her daughter Ffleur to the team. If you recognise the names then, yes, they are of the same Harris family that runs Isle of Wight Studio Glass next door to the museum. Nicola will help the museum director with back office tasks and Ffleur will join Tina Gormer in the museum to welcome visitors, assist at the sales counters, deal with enquiries over the phone, and run the museum on a day-to-day basis. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

Museum exhibits at the National Glass Fair - 02 Jul 2016 14:40

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The museum was delighted and honoured to be invited to exhibit at the National Glass Fair held in May at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull. The fair was possibly the best place to promote the museum to real enthusiasts of glass. We put on show a cabinet full of the best work by Isle of Wight glass makers and share some pictures here. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

Museum opening was a great success - 28 Apr 2016 23:00

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The museum opening event on 19th March was a great success. About sixty people were in attendance and by all accounts they thoroughly enjoyed the day. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

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