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Opening hours

Normally the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. However, because of the Covid-19 epidemic we will assess what is best on a daily basis.

The safety of our visitors is a top priority for us. Please call us on 01983 716270 for the latest information. Our staff will be able to take your call between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. every day.

What's in the museum

There are over 1200 pieces on show, including many unique and never before seen pieces, in two galleries.

The Studio gallery, the larger of the two, focuses on the Isle of Wight's many studio glass makers, particularly Isle of Wight Studio Glass, but also SculptGlass (Diamond Isle Sculptured Glass), Glory Art Glass and Alum Bay Glass as well as related studios such as Jonathan Harris Studio Glass. This gallery also has a stunning collection of Mdina glass made during the period when the Harris family were in Malta, between 1968 and 1972, many pieces signed by Michael Harris. Also, there are designs by Michael from the 1950s and when he was teaching at the Royal College of Art in London in the 1960s.

The museum is also building a collection of studio glass made by other British makers, such as Peter Layton, Pauline Solven, Karlin Rushbrooke, Nick Orsler, and Siddy Langley.

In our brand new gallery, opened in April 2018, we have a fascinating and growing collection of French, German and British Art Deco glass. The focus is on glass made or designed by/for Edmond Etling, Pierre D’Avesn, Verlys, Sabino, Jobling, Stuart Crystal, John Walsh Walsh and WMF.

A brief history

The museum opened in March 2016 after a great deal of work. Our single gallery on the ground floor exhibited the collection of studio glass handmade on the Isle of Wight. We also had a small shop. But our growing collection meant we soon ran out of space. Therefore, we moved everything to the first floor in January 2018.

In April 2018 we had completed a major redevelopment by opening a second gallery to showcase our Art Deco and Victorian glass collection. Other enhancements included a more exciting layout, storyboards and graphics, touch screen computers full of helpful information for visitors to use, and a library.

In September 2019 we opened a new shop and hired two retail staff. We offer a wide variety of glass, jewellery, books and other items to cater for many tastes. Our aim is to provide great products and excellent value for money. The shop is open 7 days per week.

Educational facilities

The museum has educational facilities catering for group visits, including schools and colleges, of up to 35 people. Our library is accessible to scholars and collectors by appointment.

Free wifi in the museum

Fast fibre broadband via Wifi is free in the museum. Just ask for the password.

New exhibits

Etling 91 magpie

This magpie by Etling, France, made probably in the 1930s, has an odd pose because it is one half of a set of bookends. The birds sometimes can be found on a metal stand. We were delighted to buy this piece from a dealer in Denmark. They very rarely come up for sale. It measures 16 cm high.

Paul Barcroft globe vase

This vase was made by Paul Barcroft and adds to our growing collection of British studio glass.

Etling 204 canary

A canary ornament designed by Hungarian sculptor Géza Hiecz for Edmond Etling about 1930.

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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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