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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

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

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

Glass is going into the cabinets - 15 Jan 2016 00:32

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After a lot of preparatory work, glass is at last going into the cabinets. Before they do, though, every piece has to be catalogued, with a description of the item, who designed it, and where and when it was made. A picture is taken too. Then its exact location in the museum is recorded. Every cabinet has a code so we know where everything is at any time. In three days about 150 pieces were put in place. Next week another 150 pieces will be added. We thought it would be nice to share some pictures. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

Cabinets have been installed - 24 Dec 2015 19:51

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Thursday, 10th December 2015 was a big day. That was when the display cabinets were installed in the museum. They were specially commissioned with a gloss white finish and bright LED lights to make them really good for displaying glass. We ordered 31 from Access Displays and they took twelve weeks to make. The wait was well worth it. They look fantastic! - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

What will be in the museum? - 07 Dec 2015 00:16

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Isle of Wight Glass Museum celebrates the design and craftsmanship of glass makers based on the island as well as those in some way connected to the island, past and present. Some of them are well known; others are less known, but equally inspiring. And we will be adding some extra things for further interest. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0


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