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Opening hours

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day, 7 days per week. We look forward to seeing you.

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

Mdina cut ice lollipop vase

A rare Mdina 'Cut Ice' lollipop vase, 22.5 cm high, probably made in the late 1960s. One face is cut with large polished facets. The base is signed 'Michael Harris Mdina Glass Malta', indicating it was likely made by him.

Galle cameo vase

Early 20th century French cameo vase by Gallé of an unusual form, 13 cm high, with flowers, buds and foliage. A stunning piece!

Pauline Solven Ravenshill tricorn vase

Tricorn vase made by Pauline Solven at Ravenshill Studio. It is signed on the base “Pauline Solven RH343”. The code number indicates it was probably made in 1979. Pauline established Ravenshill Studio in 1975.

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Inside the museum

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Blog

Prints on glassmaking from Diderot's Encyclopédie - 17 Nov 2018 22:18

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The museum recently purchased four original prints from the Encyclopédie by Diderot and Jean Le Rond d’Alembert, published in Paris, France in the 1760s. What is remarkable is that these prints show that the techniques used in today's handmade studio glass are, essentially, little changed in 250 years. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

New projects: Etling catalogue and glass on postcards - 02 Oct 2018 14:38

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The museum recently started two major projects. The first is to create a catalogue of the glass produced in the 1920s and 1930s for Edmond Laurent Etling. The second is to create a database of postcards depicting glass or glass making. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

Museum guide being trialed - 02 Sep 2018 16:31

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A guide to the museum exhibits, provided on small handheld touch-screen tablet computers, is currently being trialed. We are pleased to report that the initial feedback has been positive. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

Volunteer scheme is launched - 07 May 2018 09:07

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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

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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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