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Winter opening times

The museum is currently closed to visitors because of redevelopment work. We are consolidating the museum all on to one floor where previously the museum was split over two floors. We reopen on 1st April and look forward to seeing you then.

About 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 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 Siddy Langley.

In our brand new gallery, opening 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.

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.

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 making 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 January to March 2018.

As part of the redevelopment work the museum shop will close. 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

Siddy Langley Super Moon bottle vase

'Super Moon' bottle vase by Siddy Langley, signed and dated 2018.

Mdina sculpture

Sculpture signed 'Michael Harris Mdina Glass Malta', as shown on page 34 of Michael Harris: Mdina Glass & Isle of Wight Studio Glass, by Mark Hill. Formerly in the Mark Hill collection.

Huge Renaissance II footed platter

Renaissance II footed platter designed by Jonathan Harris for Isle of Wight Studio Glass. It is 47 cm in diameter, 8 cm high, with a foot 11.5 cm in diameter.

Trial Azurene vase made by Michael Harris or Chris Hotton

A unique Isle of Wight Studio Glass Azurene 'Black' freeblown trial vase made by Michael Harris or Chris Hotton about 1978-79, with impressed 'flame' pontil to the base.

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Inside the museum

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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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Glass Association logo

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, but a trial collection designed by Timothy Harris of Isle of Wight Studio Glass. 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

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