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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

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.

Julie Ann Arts Dichroic Fused Glass Jewellery Workshop
Free wifi in the museum

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

What's New

New exhibits

Mdina crizzle stone fish vase by Michael Harris

Mdina 'Crizzle Stone' fish vase made by Michael Harris probably in 1972. This is the second crizzle stone to be added to the collection.

Etling vase designed by Lucile Sevin

Lucile Sevin designed this vase for Edmond Etling in the 1920s and is numbered 38 in the Choisy-le-Roi catalogue.

Moonwake bowl made by Martin Evans

Moonwake bowl made and signed by Martin Evans of Glory Art Glass, Sandown, IoW. The studio celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016.

Pauline Solven globe vase made 1970

Globe vase made by Pauline Solven in 1970, during the first full year of the Glasshouse studio established in Covent Garden, London. Pauline was a pupil of Michael Harris at the Royal College of Art in London in the late 1960s. The vase is signed and dated on the base.

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Inside the museum

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Blog

Relax and have a drink with us - 31 Jan 2016 18:37

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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

Isle of Wight Studio Glass is expanding - 28 Jan 2016 14:10

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The museum's neighbour, Isle of Wight Studio Glass, is expanding. Due to healthy order books the studio needed more workshop space and is moving it's retail area next door adjacent to the museum. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

Glass is going into the cabinets - 15 Jan 2016 00:32

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After a lot of preparatory work, glass is at last going into the cabinets. Before they do, though, every piece has to be catalogued, with a description of the item, who designed it, and where and when it was made. A picture is taken too. Then its exact location in the museum is recorded. Every cabinet has a code so we know where everything is at any time. In three days about 150 pieces were put in place. Next week another 150 pieces will be added. We thought it would be nice to share some pictures. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

Come work for us - 07 Jan 2016 23:13

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Have you ever fancied running a museum and be surrounded by the most amazing glass every working day? Could you share your enthusiasm with visitors who are eager to see what is on show? Well now is your chance! Isle of Wight Glass Museum and Isle of Wight Studio Glass are jointly recruiting a Museum Coordinator/Studio Retail Coordinator and a Museum Assistant/Studio Retail Assistant. The museum and studio have separate management and ownership, but will share some staff, making for a varied and interesting combination of tasks and responsibilities. - Click here to read more - Comments: 1


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