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Opening hours

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. But if you wish to stay a little longer we will remain open for you. We look forward to seeing you.

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

Etling 204 canary

A canary ornament designed by Hungarian sculptor Géza Hiecz for Edmond Etling about 1930.

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.

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Blog

Programme for museum opening event - 08 Mar 2016 22:42

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The programme for the museum opening event on Saturday, 19th March has been finalized. An excellent lineup of speakers has been assembled, including Mark Hill, an expert on the BBC Antiques Roadshow and co-presenter of Cracking Antiques, Uncovering Antiques and Collectaholics for BBC2; Richard Harris, managing director of Isle of Wight Studio Glass; Michael Rayner, founder of Island Glass and Alum Bay Glass; Timothy Harris, master glass maker at IOWSG; and Ron Wheeler, the foremost expert on IOWSG, having been the studio's appointed secondary market specialist for over 35 years. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

Isle of Wight Studio Glass is expanding - 28 Jan 2016 14:10

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The museum's neighbour, Isle of Wight Studio Glass, is expanding. Due to healthy order books the studio needed more workshop space and is moving it's retail area next door adjacent to the museum. - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

Looking for a home - 14 Nov 2015 20:26

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The decision had been made to set up a glass museum, but where should we house it? Somewhere on the Isle of Wight, obviously. But what kind of building would best suit a museum of contemporary glass? A real bit of fortune turned up an excellent solution. It needed a bit of imagination and vision to realise it though! - Click here to read more - Comments: 0

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

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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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