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The Wight Military and Heritage Museum

490 Newport Road, Cowes PO31 8QU, England
+44 1983 632039
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Very Interesting Museum

Spent about two hours there. Very knowledgeable manager. Great selection of exhibits both in... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
HappyofHillHead
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Fareham, United Kingdom
History in war and peace time

We visited here on a coach trip, and could easily have stayed much longer than allowed. So much to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Linda R
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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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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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  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“rainy day” (5 reviews)
“tank ride” (4 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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490 Newport Road, Cowes PO31 8QU, England
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+44 1983 632039
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Spent about two hours there. Very knowledgeable manager. Great selection of exhibits both in military terms and civilian all relating to the two Wars. Some very interesting tanks one of which is unique. Well worth a visit.

Thank HappyofHillHead
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited here on a coach trip, and could easily have stayed much longer than allowed. So much to see and reminisce, more for the older members than the younger I feel. Very informative volunteers, huge machinery and a cream tea! What else could anyone...More

Thank Linda R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great time at this place, the staff are fantastic, patient and willing to tell you about each war machine and their relevance to the world. This place is a must see for all military enthusiasts.

Thank Ayilara O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With having visited this museum several years ago, and learning that new owners had taken over after the previous owners had run into financial difficulties and the place was closed down. The new owners have obviously spent time and money in updating the museum to...More

Thank David L W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The trip to this museum was one of the high lights of my year The whole atmosphere around the place is great with everyone we met so cheerful and helpful. We splashed out and Martin took me out on a pre-booked ride on the Centurion...More

Thank nigel3817
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Closed at 4pm so not worth the entrance price by the time we got there, very disappointing. A family group of 5 of us so at £8 each makes it quite an expensive item.

Thank 866yvonnew
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

What to do on a rainy day, we thought a trip here would be great. We've been to the Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton and thought that was really great. Cafe only has hygiene rating of 3, looked ok but put us off with the...More

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hinchey, Owner at The Wight Military and Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2017

I am sorry you had a sub standard experience . We are entirely self supporting through volunteers and have had staffing problems on some occasions during the summer holidays . Usually we have a couple on site to give tours/talks and indeed usually allow people...More

Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

Spur of the moment visit but so glad we did! Friendly attentive staff, all of which were only too pleased to stop and chat about the exhibits and the history behind them. A great collection of historic military vehicles (most of them in full working...More

Thank Phil S
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

A lovely little place nice helpful staff. Not a bad price lots of things to entertain the kids. Good information about each vehicle. Takes about an hour to go round completely.

Thank Helen M
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

What can I say it was great with friendly staff only to happy to help. Knowledge was excellent and they were happy to let the children sit in the ranks and hold equipment. They do rides on certain days of the week weather permitting. They...More

1  Thank barbar9060
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AvrilAlan H
31 January 2017|
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Response from michael o | Reviewed this property |
Hi from what I know they are open most of the time It a small but interesting place you can also take rides in some of the tanks around a track which they have on site.hope this helps
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Tipper r
20 July 2016|
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Response from michael o | Reviewed this property |
I would say if you are not interested in this type of information from the attendant which I found interesting information as to the history of tanks and there types. You are free to look around yourself...
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