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Winter opening times

We are open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. during November and December. The museum is closed from 25th December until 28th February inclusive.

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 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.

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. We completed a major redevelopment in April 2018 which greatly enhances 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.

As part of the redevelopment work the museum shop has closed temporarily. Until the new shop is established 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.

New exhibits

Seascape Wave commemorative bowl

This bowl was produced to commemorate the Queen's 60th year on the throne. It has the words 'Commemorating the Diamond Jubilee 2012' in gold lettering around the cylindrical foot. Each piece is numbered and signed by Timothy Harris of Isle of Wight Studio Glass. This example is No.1 of only six made.

IOWSG fish cameo vase

Heavy cameo vase with fish, made by Isle of Wight Studio Glass, probably in the late 1990s.

Etling 303 horse chestnut vase

Ovoid vase with horse chestnut leaves and fruits, in opalescent glass, made for Edmond Etling, Paris. It is numbered 303 in the catalogue of the Choisy-le-roi glassworks and probably made in the early 1930s.

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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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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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