Summer opening times
The museum is open every day between 10 am and 4 pm from March to October. 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 greetings card
Cards are just £2.99 at the museum or £3.99 if you want us to send one to you. Just call us.
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.
Wifi is free in the museum. Just ask for the password.
Vase by Isle of Wight Studio Glass, 15.5 cm high x 14.0 cm diameter at the rim, signed "© 1997 The British Museum" on the base. This piece is very rarely seen.
The museum has bought a pair of these Bohemian blown glass tumblers, enamelled in white with Mary Gregory-style decoration of children at play, and gilded rims. They feature a girl (shown here) and boy facing each other when stood side-by-side.
Acid etched cameo glass made by Loetz for French company Etling after 1918 into the 1920s. It has the 'Richard' signature on the side.
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Inside the museum
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New greetings cards with exclusive design - 14 Dec 2016 22:23
Signs, more signs, and even more signs! - 07 Aug 2016 13:20
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
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
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
Introducing the museum coordinator and assistant - 18 Mar 2016 21:40
The museum now has a coordinator and assistant to welcome our visitors. Both Bernadette Connolly, the new coordinator, and Tina Gormer, the new assistant, started work on Monday. After an intensive first week of preparation, the museum is ready to open on Saturday, 19th March at 10 am. The museum director invited Bernadette and Tina to introduce themselves and they have kindly provided a few words about their backgrounds. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0
Museum buys the Mark Hill Collection of Mdina and IOWSG - 15 Mar 2016 22:38
The museum is pleased to announce that its has purchased the Mark Hill Collection of Mdina glass and Isle of Wight Studio Glass, one of the most important private collections of glass made by Michael Harris. The collection distinguishes itself not by its size but by its quality. It contains some astonishing and unique pieces, many of which are illustrated in Mark's well known book on Michael Harris. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0
Programme for museum opening event - 08 Mar 2016 22:42
The programme for the museum opening event on Saturday, 19th March has been finalized. An excellent lineup of speakers has been assembled, including Mark Hill, an expert on the BBC Antiques Roadshow and co-presenter of Cracking Antiques, Uncovering Antiques and Collectaholics for BBC2; Richard Harris, managing director of Isle of Wight Studio Glass; Michael Rayner, founder of Island Glass and Alum Bay Glass; Timothy Harris, master glass maker at IOWSG; and Ron Wheeler, the foremost expert on IOWSG, having been the studio's appointed secondary market specialist for over 35 years. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0
New information leaflet produced - 10 Feb 2016 21:59
The museum's first information leaflet has been designed and it will be distributed to hundreds of locations on the Isle of Wight and beyond. The A4 triple-fold leaflet design philosophy is 'less is more'. It has the minimum of text but covers all the essentials, a select few pictures of glass and glass making, and the obvious necessary information about the museum itself. I hope you agree it is elegant and appealing. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0
Relax and have a drink with us - 31 Jan 2016 18:37
We hope the museum will be more than a place to see glass. To that end we have set up a coffee lounge, with comfy sofas and stylish tables plus a drinks machine so that visitors can help themselves to a cuppa, relax and have a natter. Wifi will be available too to surf the internet. Next to the coffee machine we have a bookcase, which will be stocked with various books on art glass in general, not just island glass, and books about the Isle of Wight. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0