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Opening hours

We are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day of the week.

Please call us on 01983 716270 for the latest information. Our staff will be able to take your call between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. every day.

Coronavirus precautions

The safety of our visitors is a top priority for us. We have put in place a sanitiser station, increased frequency of cleaning, a one-way system to maintain social distancing, and a protective screen in our shop for the safety of both visitors and staff.

What's in 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.

A brief history

The museum opened in March 2016 after a great deal of work. Our single gallery on the ground floor exhibited the collection of studio glass handmade on the Isle of Wight. We also had a small shop. But our growing collection meant we soon ran out of space. Therefore, we moved everything to the first floor in January 2018.

In April 2018 we had completed a major redevelopment by opening a second gallery to showcase our Art Deco and Victorian glass collection. Other enhancements 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.

Educational facilities

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.

Free wifi in the museum

Fast fibre broadband via Wifi is free in the museum. Just ask for the password.

New exhibits

Experimental IOWSG vase with applied flowers and leaves

An experimental vase made by Timothy Harris in 2004. This was part of the Roger Willsmer donation.

Amalric Walter beetle pendant

A pâte de verre beetle pendant by Amalric Walter of Nancy, France, probably made in the 1920s, designed by Henri Bergé. It is initialed AW, B and N. It measures about 3.8 cm x 1.8 cm.

Etling 91 magpie

This magpie by Etling, France, made probably in the 1930s, has an odd pose because it is one half of a set of bookends. The birds sometimes can be found on a metal stand. We were delighted to buy this piece from a dealer in Denmark. They very rarely come up for sale. It measures 16 cm high.

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Blog

Thinking along the same lines - 08 Nov 2015 23:33

Tags: collaboration impetus iowsg richardharris

I guess the time was right. Isle of Wight Studio Glass had re-established production at a new studio at Arreton Barns earlier in 2014 and was attending the National Glass Fair in November to showcase their new designs. Of course, I was there too. It is one of the highlights of the glass calendar. The conversation that ensued at the studio's stand started a chain of events we didn't anticipate. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0


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