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The Wight Military and Heritage Museum
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Cowes
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Easy to kill an hour or so here, especially on a wet afternoon. they offer discounts for serving military personnel veterans and oap's. A small but pleasant café. If you fancy a tank ride or a few rounds on the rifle range it's best to phone ahead to make sure of availability.

1  Thank Bob F
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"on display"
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"run by volunteers"
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"small charge"
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"two hours"
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"previous owners"
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

Small museum that relies on visitors to survive - it isn't big and we spent just over an hour there but found it to be pleasant and the staff knowledgeable. They had some fantastic exhibits and vehicles there.... I was blown away by the small pieces of barbed wire they had from Omaha Beach on D-Day... The tea room looked lovely but we didn't go as only just had breakfast - Great for a rainy day!

2  Thank poppy2506
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

Went with a 12 year old during half term holiday. A great display of war time vehicles, guns and uniforms also the chance to ride on a tank ( extra charge)
All staff are very helpful and knowledgable .
Fun was had on the firing range, using air rifles. Was told by the 12 year old ,the only reason he failed to hit target was due to uncalibrated rifle sight....well I beg to differ! Too competitive by half.
A perfect day out . We went and got an all inclusive deal which included light lunch.
Would recommend for families. Spent about 3 hours there.

1  Thank BiniA_12
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Reviewed 14 February 2017 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.

1  Thank spurgec07
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

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!

1  Thank Heather G
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