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Winter opening hours

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. But please note, due to staff sickness the museum may be without staff for the next few days. We are still open for visitors. Our neighbour kindly will turn the lights on for us.

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

Timothy Harris Flowers Special globe vase

'Flowers' was a trial range produced by Isle of Wight Studio Glass in 1993 and 1994. Only ten pieces are known. The vase is 14 cm high and 15.5 cm in diameter. Amazingly, the vase was donated to a charity shop in Maidenhead, England and subsequently sold at auction. What a wonderful gift! We were pleased to support the charity in this way.

Paul Barcroft globe vase

This vase was made by Paul Barcroft and adds to our growing collection of British studio glass.

A collection of miniature IOWSG perfume bottles

A collection of miniature Isle of Wight Studio Glass perfume bottles. Miniatures are much rarer than the standard-sized bottles. The first five are from the Summer Fruits collection. The final one is Woodland 'Silver Birch'.

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Blog

How we built our new shop - 06 Oct 2019 21:48

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When the museum opened in March 2016 we had a shop from day one. However, when the space we occupied on the ground floor of Eastern Barn, Arreton, became insufficient, in Spring 2018 we moved to the first floor. At that point the shop closed. This is the story of how we opened a new and better shop in August 2019, with lots of pictures to illustrate what we did. - 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


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