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Isles of Scilly Museum

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Address: Church Street | Hugh Town, St. Mary's, TR21 0JT, England
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+44 1720 422337

Exhibits of local interest from pre-history to the present day: the...

Exhibits of local interest from pre-history to the present day: the Romano-British brooches and coins from Nornour; the Bryher Sword and Mirror; the Civil War in Scilly; finds from many shipwrecks; model boats; collections of birds, shells and clay pipes; an old Scillonian kitchen and much, much more.

The Museum is in Church Street, Hugh Town, St Mary's, half-way between the Town Hall and the Parish Church. We have an excellent reference library and a growing collection of family history records, accessible to the public by appointment with the Curator.

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Amazing history of the Isles

My husband and I spent 2 hours here learning aabout the history and people of the isles. Including the civil war and ww1 and how the sea rules the lives of those in the Isles

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27 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I spent 2 hours here learning aabout the history and people of the isles. Including the civil war and ww1 and how the sea rules the lives of those in the Isles

Thank moggydill
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The staff we're very helpful, they had stair lifts for the disabled all the way round the museum there were chairs to sit on. The history of the Isles was displayed in chronological order with all the ship wrecks, war info, birds, lighthouses etc. Wish we had more time there as was only open to 12 noon as before good... More 

Thank Bernard H
Sorrento, Italy
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377 reviews
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Reviewed 9 October 2016

We walked passed this Museum several times as it looked very small and not worth a visit. On our last morning we were persuaded to go. Yes it is small. However if you want to spend an hour and more getting a wide knowledge of the history of the Scilly Isles, this is a must. Thoroughly enjoyable, interesting nd informative.... More 

Thank Theenglishcritic
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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146 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016

This is an excellent way to pass an hour or two on St. Mary's especially if the weather is wet. The exhibition on 2 floors affords some excellent insights into island life over the centuries. If you are interested in ship wrecks, this is a must see!

Princes Risborough, United Kingdom
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358 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

This museum, set on two floors, offers a fascinating glimpse into life on the islands from prehistoric times to modern day. There are many exhibits that showcase ancient history, Romano British history, modern history, along with a number of exhibits presenting natural history (as long as you don't mind taxidermy). The exhibits detailing shipwrecks and lighthouse life were particularly poignant... More 

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truro cornwall
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Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Interesting hour spent looking around this museum. Lots to see but too many stuffed animals! Preferred the social history section, suggest that side is built on and the stuffed animals are filed away.

Thank tinaTruroCornwall
Adelaide, Australia
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100 reviews
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Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

A little gem of a museum. If your at all interested in history, be it nautical, prehistory or social & cultural, this little museum has it covered. Two floors chock a block with exhibits, all well explained and in rough chronological order. I was very happy to have spent a few hours here. Great for a rainy day or if... More 

Thank KaytH3
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101 reviews
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

Situated on two floors. Full of information about the islands spread over a hundred years or more. Maps of hundreds of shipwrecks around the area. Well worth a visit.

Thank Gordon H
Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 August 2016

The Isles of Scilly Museum in Hugh Town is the ideal destination for a rainy day. Packed with information about the islands during the World Wars, the many shipwrecks off Scilly and the history of gig racing, it's easy to pass a couple of hours here. My younger daughter particularly liked the large display of stuffed animals and there was... More 

Thank Alison K
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

The museum is packed with interesting items and shouldn't be left for a rainy day! There is a huge amount to see and much of it is unique to the Islands. The entrance fee is well worth paying.

Thank Ruth G

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