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The Wight Military and Heritage Museum

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Address: 490 Newport Road, Cowes PO31 8QU, England
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+44 1983 632039
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Isle of Wight Military and Heritage Museum is operated by and for a...

The Isle of Wight Military and Heritage Museum is operated by and for a registered charity . The charity uses any excess income from that museum to support ex service personal . It is firmly under the control of a board of trustees with a professional management team in place . This will secure the museum as a living memorial to the sacrifices that ordinary people are , all to often , called upon to make when diplomacy fails and armed conflict breaks out . It brings together items of historical interest and is largely staffed by volunteers who are typically ex service people who regularly give guided tours and talks . It has a cafe and the fully licensed Mess Bar in a former barracks building . The museum is not just a store of artifacts, it aims to be a hub for ex-service personnel to meet , share their knowledge and experience and access services tailored to their needs. The museum also provides volunteer posts for others in need . Any surplus income and donations from the museum go towards furthering these aims.

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Firstly you see William the Conqueror, big tank great photo opportunity. Friendly volunteers, Graham was very helpful and knowledgable. Lots of awesome WII memorabilia, military... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Firstly you see William the Conqueror, big tank great photo opportunity. Friendly volunteers, Graham was very helpful and knowledgable. Lots of awesome WII memorabilia, military weapons and vehicles. Even a rifle range to shoot tank targets (optional). Interesting gift shop. Well worth a visit.

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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our two sons aged 10 and 13 really enjoyed visiting here looking at the tanks and militaria. The guides were really knowledgeable and very approachable and friendly. I think they were mostly volunteers. We had soup and a roll in the cafe which was very tasty. The chef was very accommodating of our fuss pots!

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kent
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great time visiting the museum for my first time. Very much a hands on place with a great team of friendly accommodating volunteers. Shout out to Tony who spent over two hours showing us around, very enthusiastic and informative. Would like return in a few months to see the finished in progress areas.

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Newport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

I have become a regular visitor with my grand children to this excellent venue which the volunteers have done an excellent job of improving over the last 12-months. They have recently added a rifle range and reopened the café which does a great cooked breakfast. All of the staff are pleased to spend time with you to answer any questions.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

A small museum packed with vehicles, weapons and equipment. The staff/volunteers are very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Very little is behind glass and visitors are encouraged to handle things and many of the vehicles can be entered with a volunteer in attendance. Cafe on site is great, the all day breakfast is fantastic! The cafe can also be used without... More 

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Thank Claire C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Found this little museum a good place to ease a few hours and enjoy looking around at not only British tanks but has some Russian stuff as well

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Attended the museum today with one teen and husband. All the staff working were helpful and we'll informed. May have to return again to go on the tank ride.

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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

What a great little place to visit! Fun and interactive with helmets to try on and guns to hold! Not totally overwhelming with information like other places which was good. The firing range was great fun ( additional small charge) Super friendly staff Great little cafe attached with reasonable prices Definitely worth a visit for an hour or two And... More 

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Cheshunt, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

My dad loves all things militaria so we visited this museum as it was close to where we were staying. they have a number of military vehicles and weapons a well as uniforms and other interesting artefacts. It isn't the largest of museums, but it looks as though they are in the process of expanding by some of the work... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Great place to spend a wet morning. Came at least 10 years ago more things to see nice little cafe and gift shop.

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