Museums and Schools Venues

The Isle of Wight Museums and Schools partnership venues are: Brading Roman Villa, Carisbrooke Castle Museum, the Classic Boat Museum, Dimbola Museum and Galleries, the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, the Museum of Island History, Newport Roman Villa, and the Shipwreck Centre and Maritime Museum.

We are also working with the Isle of Wight Bus and Coach Museum.

Brading Roman Villa

Award-winning Visitor Centre and Museum offering a unique insight into Roman life in Britain, from beautifully preserved mosaic floors to an extensive collection of Roman archaeology.

Carisbrooke Castle Museum

Founded in 1898 by HRH Princess Beatrice, Queen Victoria’s youngest daughter and situated within the grounds of Carisbrooke Castle, the museum cares for an extensive collection of objects connected to the history of the Isle of Wight.

Classic Boat Museum

Situated in Cowes and East Cowes, the Classic Boat Museum consists of the Boat Shed and the Gallery and has been telling visitors its wonderful maritime story since 1996.

Dimbola Museum and Galleries

Home and workplace of pioneering Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.

Isle of Wight Steam Railway

A living, breathing, working museum with an education space, children’s play area, woodland walk and ‘Train Story’, an interactive discovery centre where you can experience the sights, sounds and atmosphere of over 150 years of railway history.

Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Museum of Island History

Situated within the historic Guildhall on Newport High Street, the museum provides a fascinating exploration of Island history from the time of the dinosaurs to the present day.  

Newport Roman Villa

A late Romano-British farmhouse providing a fascinating insight into country life in third century Britain. The Villa has a superb bath suite with, under floor heating and remnants of mosaic floors.

Shipwreck Centre and Maritime Museum

Bursting at the seams with thousands of objects recovered from shipwrecks, antique diving equipment, ship models and prehistoric objects thousands of years old.

Other museum venues

Isle of Wight Bus and Coach Museum

Housed in a former Southern Vectis bus depot in Ryde built in 1938, the museum contains a unique collection of vintage vehicles that served the Island between 1880 and 2002. Step back in time as you climb on board a selection of vehicles and explore the history of transport on the Island!