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Summer opening times

Following three months of redevelopment work the museum is back open at our usual times. We are open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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, 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.

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 via her web site.

New exhibits

Peter Layton dropper bottle

A 'dropper' bottle, 30 cm high, by Peter Layton of London Glassblowing. It is signed 'Peter Layton 1988' on the side near the base.

Karlin Rushbrooke bowl

Karlin Rushbrooke bowl, 19 cm diameter, made around 1985, with the words “Do not go gentle into that good night” from the poem by Dylan Thomas. The text wraps around on itself twice, overlapping the letters to form an interesting effect.

Mdina tricorn bottle

Rare Mdina tricorn bottle (triangular body) with button top made by Michael Harris about 1970. 39.5 cm tall.

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Inside the museum

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Blog

Volunteer scheme is launched - 07 May 2018 09:07

Tags: volunteering

After three months of hard work on an extensive redevelopment the museum has been completely transformed. It now has two spacious galleries to display over 1200 glass exhibits. It is quite a task for the two part-time staff to run the museum. Therefore, a volunteer scheme has been launched and immediate applications are being invited. - Click here to read more - Comments: 1

Nature in Art exhibition: The Harris Dynasty - 17 Mar 2018 22:22

Tags: exhibition jonathanharris michaelharris natureinart timharris

Nature in Art has organized a special exhibition at Wallsworth Hall in Gloucestershire entitled "The Harris Dynasty" from 20th March to 15th April 2018. As well as items from the private collection of the Harris family about 50 pieces have been loaned by Isle of Wight Museum of Glass for the exhibition. In total about 200 pieces are on show. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0


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