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Opening hours

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day, 7 days per week. In the summer we will often stay open later than 4 pm. 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.

In April 2018 we completed a major redevelopment, which greatly enhanced the visitor experience. These 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.

Free wifi in the museum

Wifi is free in the museum. Just ask for the password.

New exhibits

Kralik floriform vase

Late 19th Century Kralik floriform vase with uranium green and pink opalescent glass, measuring 16 cm long x 13 cm high x 11 cm wide.

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!

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Inside the museum

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Blog

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

New greetings cards with exclusive design - 14 Dec 2016 22:23

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The museum has had a greetings card exclusively designed for us by Simon Sonsino, well known for his textual art. The museum wanted something unique and what Simon came up with is exceptional. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

Signs, more signs, and even more signs! - 07 Aug 2016 13:20

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Isle of Wight Glass Museum directional sign

The museum is working hard to improve the visitor experience. Clearly, visitors need to find us and once in the museum know what they are looking at. To help with that the museum commissioned a series of directional signs at Arreton Barns and signs inside the museum. They are now in place. And they look great! - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

Staff changes at the museum - 10 Jul 2016 19:49

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After three months as coordinator, Bernadette Connolly decided to leave the museum. But we welcome Nicola Harris and her daughter Ffleur to the team. If you recognise the names then, yes, they are of the same Harris family that runs Isle of Wight Studio Glass next door to the museum. Nicola will help the museum director with back office tasks and Ffleur will join Tina Gormer in the museum to welcome visitors, assist at the sales counters, deal with enquiries over the phone, and run the museum on a day-to-day basis. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

Museum exhibits at the National Glass Fair - 02 Jul 2016 14:40

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The museum was delighted and honoured to be invited to exhibit at the National Glass Fair held in May at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull. The fair was possibly the best place to promote the museum to real enthusiasts of glass. We put on show a cabinet full of the best work by Isle of Wight glass makers and share some pictures here. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

Museum opening was a great success - 28 Apr 2016 23:00

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The museum opening event on 19th March was a great success. About sixty people were in attendance and by all accounts they thoroughly enjoyed the day. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

Introducing the museum coordinator and assistant - 18 Mar 2016 21:40

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The museum now has a coordinator and assistant to welcome our visitors. Both Bernadette Connolly, the new coordinator, and Tina Gormer, the new assistant, started work on Monday. After an intensive first week of preparation, the museum is ready to open on Saturday, 19th March at 10 am. The museum director invited Bernadette and Tina to introduce themselves and they have kindly provided a few words about their backgrounds. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

Museum buys the Mark Hill Collection of Mdina and IOWSG - 15 Mar 2016 22:38

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Mark Hill

The museum is pleased to announce that its has purchased the Mark Hill Collection of Mdina glass and Isle of Wight Studio Glass, one of the most important private collections of glass made by Michael Harris. The collection distinguishes itself not by its size but by its quality. It contains some astonishing and unique pieces, many of which are illustrated in Mark's well known book on Michael Harris. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0


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