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Dimbola Museum & Galleries

Terrace Lane | Freshwater Bay, Freshwater PO40 9QE, England
+44 1938 756814
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We just dropped in on our way to another destination.

Certainly worth a visit. Very interesting museum. Younger people would learn about photography... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Interesting and fun

Good historical background and interlinked galleries with a nice level of information. The dressing... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Chichester, United Kingdom
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Home and workplace of celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Visit for: - Year round exhibits celebrating Julia's life and work - Vintage cameras - Programme of changing exhibitions - Victorian dressing-up room - Isle of Wight Festival displays - FREE entry to the award-winning Tea Room and Museum Gift Shop Lively programme of talks and events, check website for further information. Coach parties and large groups welcome, please book in advance. Group and tour rates available.
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Terrace Lane | Freshwater Bay, Freshwater PO40 9QE, England
+44 1938 756814
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Reviewed yesterday

Certainly worth a visit. Very interesting museum. Younger people would learn about photography before digital came along. Cafe was good too.

Thank gwyneth_smith1
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Good historical background and interlinked galleries with a nice level of information. The dressing up room was great and the festival section slightly odd in the Victorian setting - but interesting all the same. Nice cream tea in the attached cafe but the book shop...More

Thank screennameinhere
Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been here a couple of times in recent years, and I enjoy both the permanent and the temporary photography exhibitions. The permanent exhibition on the 1970 Isle of Wight festival is really interesting, and at present there is a visiting exhibition of some fantastic...More

Thank DianeKn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Popped in for a cup of tea at the Cafe and decided to have a look round the museum. We were glad we did as we found it interesting and educational. Would particularly suggest worth a visit for young people who only have knowledge of...More

Thank Alan J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was very keen to see the house and the various artifacts relating to Julia Margaret Cameron - but slightly disappointed to find rather more of the house was given over to being a gallery with unrelated photographic exhibits - although I can see this...More

Thank KarenKew
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We called in here just as it was opening on a Saturday morning, so had the place to ourselves. The house itself was a nice old building and there was a lot of information about its history and that of the founder of the Photography...More

Thank pauline a
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We started our visit in the tea room! A good choice of snacks and cakes in a lovely sunny room that used to be the salon of Julia Margaret Cameron. All around the room are dressers and shelves filled with old cameras. It was a...More

Thank Dawn C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are interested in the history of photography or you want a nice tea room then Dimbola is worth a visit, but our visit this time was enhanced by a community music event. Local performers from singers to dancers and a harpist performed in...More

Thank lizbrian
Reviewed 12 June 2017

If you like photography this is worth a visit. The old home of Julia Margaret Cameron it has exhibitions, displays of equipment and is nice house too. Nice tea shop. I particularly liked the exhibition and memories about ferry crossings.

Thank XHarry
Reviewed 11 June 2017

A pleasure to see the early and later black and white pictures. Interesting to see prints by a pioneer of the genre. The gallery showing images of the 1970 festival brought back a few memories. Overall a worthwhile visit and a nice cafe serving good...More

Thank Coolcoot
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13 March 2017|
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Response from RoddymacInnes | Reviewed this property |
If you fall into the magic of Dimbola Lodge and Julia Margaret Cameron's work and life, give yourself a few hours at the Lodge. I also spent a few hours walking around Freshwater Bay, and on the beautiful beach. I then took... More
26 July 2015|
Response from Debbie S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, Dimbola is open all through the year, but not on Mondays. :-)